Deputy Chief of Police

Purcellville, VA
Purcellville Police Department

The Town of Purcellville, Virginia is pleased to announce that it is seeking its first Deputy Chief of Police. The Deputy Chief will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Town’s full-service Police Department. Under the general direction of the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief coordinates and administers daily police operation activities related to law enforcement and crime prevention; provides high-level technical and administrative staff assistance to the Chief of Police; and assumes command of the Department in the absence of the Chief.


• Assists the Chief in the development of goals, objectives, policies and priorities of the Department and in the development of innovative municipal law enforcement practices.
• Researches and implements modern police management methods.
• Oversees Departmental compliance with accreditation standards.
• Evaluates and enforces rules, procedures and policies for efficient operation of the Department and recommends changes.
• Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates the activities of police personnel engaged in preserving order, protecting life and property and in enforcing laws and municipal codes and other police operation activities related to requests for police assistance, information and complaints.
• Reviews and approves recommendations for response to emergency situations and oversees plans to meet goals.
• Provides direct supervision of management positions and the functional supervision of professional law enforcement and support staff.
• Reviews and approves staff assignments.
• Coordinates special enforcement teams, directs investigations, interviews and inspections; directs the implementation of deployment for assigned personnel.
• Assists in preparing the Department’s budget, monitors budget activity, identifying trends and needs.
• Assists the Chief, when requested or assigned, in negotiating with town management staff for appropriation of funds.
• Prepares reports and ensures accurate maintenance of records.
• Prepares and disseminates Departmental news releases for the media, when requested, or assigned.
• Addresses the general public and special interest groups (i.e. homeowner’s and civic associations, business associations and other public and private groups, to inform them of goals and operations of the Department.
• Confers with individuals, the business community, special interest groups and Town officials on law enforcement problems.
• Supervises assigned staff; evaluates management and supervisory personnel; reviews evaluations of all line personnel; administers or recommends discipline; recommends hiring and termination; resolves personnel problems; develops recruitment and selection standards.
• Makes presentations to elected officials, when requested or assigned.
• Ensures achievement of in-service and State-mandated training requirements by all uniformed Patrol Division personnel. Provides long-range planning to ensure the Department’s future service capacity and projects needs for personnel, equipment, training, and facilities.
• Serves as the liaison commander with neighboring local and federal agencies to advance public safety and operational readiness in coordination with the Chief of Police.
• Performs duties of Chief of Police as assigned.
• Perform other duties as required or assigned.


Knowledge of: Modern police administration and operations, legal rights of individuals, modern office methods and procedures, budget preparation and analysis, principles and practices of organization and public administration, Department rules, regulations, policies and procedures; laws, ordinances, and regulations that affect police operations of the Department, including Town personnel and administrative rules and procedures; criminal law, laws of arrest, rules of evidence, search and seizure laws, interviewing and interrogation techniques and related legal basis of police activities.
Skilled in: Problem analysis and resolution; development and presentation of related recommendations; principles of leadership, supervision, training, and performance evaluation; principles and practices of personnel management, and employee relations; building an environment of trust and integrity where employees respect one another and where the Department consistently functions at a high level of service; public relations techniques; police operations and administrative phases of crime prevention and law enforcement including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, and records management.
Ability to: Operate standard office equipment, including computers, assigned weapons, and various police equipment; communicate effectively in written and oral form; command attention and respect; encourage the flow of ideas and cooperative resolution of problems; develop and maintain effective working internal and external relationships; assume responsibility and control in situations that require prompt action. Interact with others in a way that shows concern for the individual and sensitivity to personal differences and feelings; identify and analyze critical departmental operations, and organizational issues and develop realistic, cost-effective recommendations to resolve identified issues; plan and coordinate activities, establish priorities, set standards and provide guidelines to staff.

Any equivalent combination of experience and education that would provide the required skills, knowledge and abilities would normally be obtained by:
• Ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, with a minimum of two years command/supervisory level experience with demonstrated ability to exercise command authority over police operations, successfully develop and implement plans for future service, and manage critical administrative functions.
• Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, criminology, police science, public administration, or other related field.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license.
• Possession of Basic Law Enforcement Training certification.
• Must meet and maintain minimum qualifications and training standards for the position as established by the Department.
• Must be able to successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation; and pass a comprehensive medical examination including drug screening and vision standard.