Primary Objective of Position
Under direct supervision of the City Council, the Police Chief is responsible for the supervision and administration of the Police Department. Additionally, the Police Chief serves in a supervisory or support role over specific emergency management situations and other public safety functions per the Emergency Management Plan.
The Police Chief is charged with the protection of all persons and property in the City through the prevention of crimes, accidents, and civil disorders. This includes activities designed to suppress criminal activities, control traffic, educate the public, and enforce all local ordinances and laws within the City.
Essential Functions of the Position
Essential duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or logical to the position.
- Oversee, and is ultimately responsible for, the training and management of all personnel who report directly to the Police Chief. Provides for the development and improvement of personnel through counseling and performance evaluations and recommends discipline and termination procedures.
- Oversee and participate in the development of the Police Department budget. Forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, training, technology needs, and supplies.
- Establish departmental rules and regulations in accordance with City personnel policies, State Statutes, POST Board regulations, and OSHA guidelines.
- Promote positive working relationships within the City as well as other city, county, state, and federal agencies; answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities.
- Provide strong leadership in a non-political manner that encourages participation in citywide decisions as a supportive team member.
- Maintain regular office hours as directed by City Council.
- Schedule shifts and assign duties to provide maximum law enforcement coverage and for special events as necessary.
- Maintain a complete record system including personnel and case files and implements procedures for their processing and keeping as required by law.
- Report informational data and monthly statistics in writing and verbally to the City Council on police-related issues during regular City Council meetings or upon request by City Council.
- Effectively use and qualify with law enforcement tools and weapons including firearms, batons, defensive tactics, and other safety equipment.
• Possession of a Minnesota Post License.
• Possession of a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license or better.
- Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, and investigation.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and petty offenses.
- Rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
- Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
- Techniques and applications of self-defense and proper use of force.
- Operational characteristics of police equipment, vehicles, and tools including firearms, chemical agents, baton, and other related paraphernalia.
- Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.
- Methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects.
- Principles and applications of public relations.
- Principles and practices of data collection and analysis.
- English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Basic principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
- Geography of the local area.