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Assistant Chief Position

Union City

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Assistant Police Chief




This is technical, supervisory, and administrative law enforcement work responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Police Department.




Exercises supervision over captains, lieutenants, sergeants, detectives, master patrol officers, police officers, and support positions as assigned.


Rev: November 2020






Police Chief



  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the police department;
  • Supervises the work of division personnel; plans organizes, and assigns work; establish priorities; ensures the scheduling of duty assignments to ensure minimum staffing and appropriate coverage;
  • Monitors officers at work to ensure operations are conducted in accordance with departmental policies; ensures officers have properly trained; reviews and evaluate officer performance;
  • Assists with the development of long-range goals and objectives; ensure goals and objectives are met; maintains a comprehensive knowledge of department rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure assigned personnel comply; interprets same for subordinates when necessary;
  • Assumes command of police personnel at the scene of critical incidents;
  • Ensures subordinate personnel are fit for duty; instructs and advises personnel in their work and in practices and procedures to be followed; recommends and implements disciplinary action as needed;
  • Provides technical guidance in complicated situations relating to investigations and renders decisions on major department operational problems;
  • Performs public relations duties; represents the department at meetings and other functions; speaks on a variety of law enforcement topics to civic, neighborhood, church and school groups and at professional meetings and conferences;
  • Evaluates officers performance in the field; reviews daily incident reports to evaluate officers performance and determine crime trends; conducts training and develops strategies for dealing with specific crime problems;
  • Receives and responds to requests for information and complaints from the public regarding services, operations, and policies of the department;
  • Establishes lines of communication with other divisions, outside departments, and agencies as required to maintain an effective working relationship to better serve the community;
  • Supervises the preparation and ensures the accuracy and completeness of daily, special, and periodic reports;
  • Develops, establishes, implements, and ensures adherence to departmental policies and SOP;
  • Performs related work as required.



The purpose of this position is to direct operations within the Police Department’s Office.  Successful implementation of the work assures that all division functions are implemented in accordance with all laws, regulations, and ordinances.


Supervisory Controls:  The Police Chief assigns work in terms of departmental goals and objectives.  The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of activities.


Guidelines:  Guidelines include federal and state laws, criminal and traffic laws, City ordinances, departmental policies and procedures, and court decisions.  Interpretation of guidelines requires expertise and judgment. 








Contacts are typically with co-workers, subordinates, other law enforcement, public safety agencies, City employees, attorneys, judges and the general public.


Contacts are typical to give and exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred); Preferred Graduate of nationally recognized law enforcement training program (FBINA, SPI, Command College. etc.); a minimum of ten (10) years of law enforcement experience; at least five (5) years of progressive supervisory experience (must have obtained the rank of Lieutenant or above); Certified Peace Officer under regulations of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.); equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and modern methods of law enforcement administration including organization, fiscal management, budgetary preparation and controls, program planning, implementation and administration;
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and procedures governing the activities of a law enforcement agency;
  • Knowledge of principles of employee supervision and personnel management including training, developing, mentoring, and disciplining of personnel;
  • Knowledge of modern criminal justice-related information systems;
  • Knowledge of 21st Century Policing;
  • Knowledge of the concepts of risk management in a law enforcement agency;
  • Skill in oral and written communication;
  • Skill in decision-making and planning, organizing, analyzing, and resolving problems;
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and provide leadership to divisions within the Police Department’s Office;
  • Ability to coordinate organizational program objectives with the general goals of the total organization and its various operations;
  • Ability to identify problem areas;
  • Ability to direct the collection, interpretation and evaluation of data and development of sound solutions to technical and administrative law enforcement problems;
  • Ability to coordinate and initiate actions, implement decisions and recommendations;
  • Ability to prepare and present concise, logical oral and written reports;
  • Ability to explain policy procedures or recommendations on a wide variety of law enforcement issues;
  • Ability to interpret complex regulations, laws, and guidelines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of other agencies or governmental units, community groups, and others contacted in the course of the work;
  • Ability to deal tactfully and professionally with others in controversial situations.



Equipment and Applications:

  • Computers and peripheral equipment
  • Designated software applications
  • Telephones, copiers and other office equipment
  • Firearms and other related use of force equipment









Physical Demands: Visual acuity in both eyes, normal color vision, good accommodation and no field deficits; hear in-person, radio and telephone conversations; recognize differences or changes in sound patterns, loudness or pitch; speak audibly and clearly; identify and distinguish smells of different materials; sit or stand for prolonged periods; walk, run, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch; make precise and coordinated finger, hand and limb movements; maintain a uniform, controlled hand-arm posture or movement; push, pull or drag an adult (averaging 160 pounds); lift and carry boxes of evidence (average 50 pounds); use force to restrain/subdue others; work efficiently for long periods of time.


Work Environment:  Work is performed either in an office environment or in a variety of field and office settings and may require exposure to dangerous and life-threatening situations. Must be willing to carry a firearm on and off the job; mentally and physically capable of using deadly force, if justified; willing to work any hour of the day or night (shift work), overtime, weekends, on-call and holidays; work at any location in the City and travel on specific assignments.


Supervisory and Management Responsibility:  Exercises supervision over captains, lieutenants, sergeants, detectives, master patrol officers, police officers, and support positions as assigned. 




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