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Chief of police


Chief of police

A Chief of Police, also known as Police Chief or sometimes shortened to just Chief, is the title typically given to the top official in the chain of command of a International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is an organization often associated with many Chiefs of Police.


  • Duties 1
  • Canada 2
  • United States 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Municipal ordinances dictate the scope of authority a chief possesses and limits them in the abilities of commanding. The following list is a general sense of the actions and responsibilities held by any chief of police.

  1. Oversight of a department's totality of operation and budgeting.
  2. Oversight of officers.
  3. Limited disciplinary actions to be addressed on infractions of policy, rules, regulations, laws or ordinances.[2]
  4. Full dismissal or heavy sanctioning of officer duty varying by municipal ordinance.
  5. Promotion and rank placement of officers.
  6. Patrol, investigating, and other duties performed by officers.
  7. Production and development of department policies and regulations.
  8. Upkeep and updating of department equipment such as police cruisers, firearms, communications equipment, and uniforms.[3]
  9. Attending community events and council meetings to give briefings on department conditions or other undisclosed information vital to municipal operation and well being.
  10. Reporting to the municipality's mayor or city director regarding operations (and dismissal of officers for misconduct varying by municipal ordinance).
  11. Reporting to the municipality's board of directors. 10,152
  12. Canada

    In the province of Ontario, Canada, a Chief of Police must be a sworn police officer and therefore have completed training at the Ontario Police College or have served a probationary period with another recognized police force (such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Academy known as "Depot"). This requirement is legislated in the Police Services Act of Ontario. The legislation states in Section 2 that a Chief of Police is a Police Officer. Section 44.2 of the PSA defines the training requirements. There was a case of the Guelph, Ontario Police Department where a human resources manager was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief, but was required to complete training at the OPC. The candidate is selected by a Police Services Board.

    United States

    Many state constitutions require every county to have a sheriff; some make no provision for this position to be eliminated even in the case of the formation of a Consolidated city–county or "metropolitan government". In this case, a decision must be made about how to divide the powers between the county sheriff and the city's chief of police. The usual compromise allows the chief of police to exercise law enforcement jurisdiction and to give the sheriff and his deputies authority over jails and the serving of civil papers. An alternative and lesser-used solution is to make the office of sheriff a purely ceremonial one. One other solution, an example of which is seen in the case of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, is to provide for the sheriff to simultaneously serve as the chief of police, thus remaining as the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of the county.

    The police chief of a small town may be the only paid employee of the police department and have a staff consisting only of volunteers when available. Conversely the police chief of a major city may have thousands or in the case of very large cities such as New York, 35,000 sworn officers. Further than that they will have thousands more civilian employees under his command including operators, secretaries, and unsworn peace officers. It is obvious that the qualifications and skills required to be a police chief vary widely. Another important consideration is how overtly a police department is influenced by politics which varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another. Increasingly, all U.S. law enforcement officers including small-town police chiefs and their charges are being required to meet at least minimum levels of professional training.

    See also


    1. ^ "About NSA". Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
    2. ^ "SECTION 200.010: CHIEF OF POLICE - DUTIES - SALARY". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
    3. ^ "Municipal Code". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
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