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Assistant Police Chief

City of Savannah

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018

End Date: Dec. 31, 2018


This position is responsible for senior leadership and management functions in the Police Department.  An incumbent is directly responsible for assisting in planning, organizing, directing and overseeing the operation of the Police Department for the City of Savannah, including serving as second in command of the department, assisting in establishing goals and objectives, maintaining the department budget and establishing rules and procedures.

Essential Job Functions

Assists in good and proper police leadership and management to ensure police trust building and legitimacy within all communities by all elements of the Police Department.
Demonstrates exemplary leadership in all of the management activities, roles, responsibilities and functions (i.e.., planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, operating, reporting, budgeting, etc.) including policy development, implementation and oversight.
Assists in planning, programming, directing and evaluating the work of the Police Department in preventing crime, the fear of crime and building trust for the Police Department in all communities and neighborhoods.
Leads in the best practices and constitutional initiatives that prevent crime and victimization.
Demonstrates good and proper technological and social media knowledge to lead in the development and enhancement of continuous initiatives to reverse inappropriate and unnecessary fear of crime.
Assists and leads in constitutional repressing of criminal activity, apprehension and prosecution of offenders, and recovering property as well as maintaining order within the community.
Culturally actualizes Community Oriented Policing Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophically and materially within all elements of the Police Department's policies, practices, customs, procedures, policies and rules.
Utilizes national and international best practice training and education discoveries to culturally drive the change of the Police Department to COPPS.
Continuously demonstrates appropriate and proper emphasis on employee wellness and safety.
Assists in implementing policies, programs, procedures and regulations; reviews major changes with administrative superiors; reviews and may prepare operational and administrative reports.
Assists in the development, preparation and expenditure of the annual budget.
Attends various meetings and training sessions as necessary.
Assists in supervising, directing and evaluating assigned staff; handles employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels and disciplines staff; completes employee performance appraisals; recruits, appoints, and trains staff.
Assists other law enforcement officers and agencies as needed.
Performs the duties of the Police Chief in his or her absence by serving as Acting Police Chief.
Assists in monitoring and executing the inter-governmental agreement between the City of Savannah and all other legally executed agreements to which Savannah Police Department is a party or signatory.
Assists in directing the maintenance and security of all records and materials associated with law enforcement activities.
Participates in enactment and strengthening of laws and ordinances for the restraint of criminal activities; makes periodic public addresses and meets with the media to explain or promote activities and operations of the department.
Interprets police policies and objectives to department personnel, media, and the public; takes appropriate action on complaints against department or personnel.
Maintains a working relationship between the department, other governmental agencies, and private organizations; participates with professional police authorities and associations in programs of mutual assistance and professional development.
Represents the department by participating in various committees and attending various meetings.
May participate in major cases to provide advice, consultation and technical assistance.
Researches, recommends and coordinates procurement of department equipment.
Researches, recommends and coordinates technological advancements for acquisition and implementation.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in appropriate Public Administration subject matter or related field; Master's Degree preferred; five years of effective supervisory / command staff experience within an agency of 300 or more employees. Successful completion of a police management field of study such as the Administrative Officers Course of Southern Police Institute, the National Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Senior Management School for Police School of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), etc. is preferred.  Must possess a Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) basic certification or obtain said certification within six months of employment.  Must possess a valid driver's license or obtain a valid Georgia driver's license per State of Georgia statute(s).

Additional Information

Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
Knowledge of all technical equipment assigned and issued to the Police Department.
Knowledge of police administration principles and practices.
Knowledge of management and supervisory techniques.
Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Skill in the operation of standard office equipment, including computers, typewriters, telephones, and printers.
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in articulating policies, procedures, and requirements.
Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
Skill in oral and written communication.