Deputy Chief of Police

Apex, NC
Apex Police Department

Hiring Range: $115,000-$135,000

What you will be doing:

The Deputy Police Chief performs specialized law enforcement duties and administrative work in the coordination, planning, review, and supervision of the activities in the department. The Deputy Chief has direct supervision of personnel and activities, including supervising subordinate leaders and staff. Work includes assisting in developing and managing the department budget, monitoring for safe working conditions, investigating complaints from citizens concerning department policies or officer conduct; problem-solving with staff on various issues and activities; assuring quality control; researching leading practices and revising policies and procedures as needed; coaching and mentoring staff for improved performance; maintains accurate accountability and/or ensures departmental records are accurately maintained; assisting the Chief of Police in researching and implementing improvements in departmental services; and any other work as assigned. Work involves frequent public contact requiring tact, firmness, and decisiveness.

A sample of the essentials (duties & tasks):

  • Assists Chief of Police with departmental supervisory and administrative work; assists with decisions in unusual situations as circumstances permit; acts as Chief of Police in his/her absence.
  • Develops work assignments, coordinates activities, commands the overall activity of the assigned function(s), reviews the work of personnel for proper and applicable law enforcement techniques, and monitors the results.
  • Coaches and mentors staff on problem-solving strategies; observes field performance and provides feedback; investigates citizen concerns about department policy and performance; evaluates staff’s performance and ensures fair performance evaluations are conducted; participates in the interviewing and selection of new officers and current staff in promotional processes.
  • Conducts research to improve services and evaluates effectiveness; develops new and revises standing operating procedures; communicates revisions and implements changes in practices.
  • Receives and investigates general complaints from the public concerning staff, conducts internal affairs investigations; reports findings to the Chief of Police.
  • Drafts the department budget; tracks resources and expenditures, and ensures fiscal responsibility.
  • Seeks and manages grants.
  • Ensures vehicles, weapons, facilities and equipment are properly maintained.
  • Administers personnel and prepares a variety of records and reports; schedules employees; approves leave requests; monitors use of overtime; approves staff timesheets.
  • Assures clear lines of communication between executive staff, command staff and line officers and that departmental policy, procedures and practices are clearly transmitted and understood.
  • Reviews police reports for accuracy and completeness; analyzes trends.
  • Ensures new employees complete orientation, any required and in-service training; and guarantees officers meet certification standards.
  • Works with emergency officials in the Town, County and State, as well as local businesses and utilities (i.e. pipeline, nuclear plant, etc.) to anticipate and respond to emergencies; participates in line activities when staff shortages or emergencies dictate.

What you’ll need (minimum must-haves):

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field, supplemented by advanced courses in police science and administration and extensive progressively responsible experience in police work, including considerable supervisory and management experience at a rank of Captain or above (positions with other rank titles may be considered if the actual job duties and experience are substantially similar to those of a Deputy Chief or a Division Captain in a similarly sized, municipal police agency).
  • Possession of an Advanced Law Enforcement certification from the state of North Carolina, or the ability to achieve Advanced certification within one year of appointment;
  • Sworn and certified as a full-time police officer in North Carolina, have completed the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers, or be eligible to be considered as a lateral or out-of-state transfer and obtain North Carolina certification as a law enforcement officer within one year of employment.
  • A Valid North Carolina Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.

What would set you apart (preferred qualifications):

Master’s degree and successful completion of an advanced law enforcement executive leadership development course (i.e. FBI National Academy).