Police Chief Jobs

Police Chief Job Overview

A police chief works at the top of the chain of command at a police department. Police chiefs are sometimes referred to as the chief of police, the police superintendent, or the police commissioner. Police chiefs generally work for the federal government or state governments. The most common job duties of a police chief may include:

  • Enforcing state or national laws
  • Overseeing the work of other police officers
  • Overseeing the police department’s budget and operations
  • Promoting police officers who do exceptionally well
  • Disciplining officers who break the rules, miss work, or commit other infractions
  • Patrolling along with other officers
  • Collaborating with other officers as part of investigations
  • Working to develop and update department policies
  • Updating equipment for police officers

Candidates who have strong leadership and people skills will likely do well as police chiefs. Police officers often work closely and become like a family. Therefore, a police chief needs to be able to get along with a wide variety of personalities while also making strong decisions that may be unpopular with some officers.

Police Chief Job Education Requirements

Most police chief positions require that candidates have at least a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. Police chiefs usually have a wealth of on-the-job experience as a police officer. Those with a combination of training, experience, and education will be considered for many positions. They need to exhibit great leadership skills and interpersonal skills. Those who don’t want to strive for as high an education or who wish to enjoy a position with less pressure may pursue other law enforcement jobs or deputy clerk jobs.

Police Chief Job Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth of five percent in all police officer positions within the next 10 years. That’s a bit lower than the estimated job growth for most occupations. Police chief jobs are even scarcer than those for regular police officers, so that means that competition for police chief positions is likely to be quite fierce in the future. It’s important to gain on-the-job experience and as high an education as possible to be able to stand out as a leading candidate to be a police chief.

Police Chief Job Salary Information

Police chiefs are able to earn more than $93,450 in some locations, but some police chiefs in lower-paying areas make less than $33,060. Because there are huge gaps in the need for police chiefs in urban areas versus more rural areas, those who are willing to travel for a position may be able to command a higher salary.


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JOB OPENING The City of New Town has an opening for Chief of Police Applicants must be North Dakota P.O.S.T Board Certified as a licensable Police Officer, have eight (8) of law enforcement experience with a least 3 years of supervisory (administrative, command, supervisory and personnel) experience preferred. The City of New Town provides Public Employee Retirement System (Pers), BCBS, Vacation a...
MONTANA STATE University, Bozeman MT Seeks Assistant Chief of Police Salary commensurate with experience, education and qualifications. For complete vacancy announcement and application procedure, please visit http://www.montana.edu/jobs/professional. MSU-Bozeman is an ADA/EO/AA/Vet Pref Employer...
Job Opening City of New Town Chief of Police Position The City of New Town has an opening for Chief of Police. Applicants must be North Dakota P.O.S.T Board Certified as a licensable Police Officer, have eight (8) of law enforcement experience with a least 3 years of supervisory (administrative, command, supervisory and personnel) experience preferred. The City of New Town provides Public...
POLICE PATROL OFFICER- LATERAL The City of Kettering, OH - Excellent lateral opportunity for career in law enforcement. At time of appointment must be at least 21 years of age, hold an associate degree or equivalent college credits and be actively enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program and possess current OPOTC certificate. Salary range is $59,675 to $80,558 DOQ. Excellent fringe benefits. T...
THE VILLAGE of Kansas is accepting resumes for Police Chief. FT position involves supervising, administrative, and field duties. Full health care benefit pkg. Send resume to: Village of Kansas, P.O. Box 267, Kansas, IL 61933 on or before February 16, 2015....
City of Dunkerton is seeking a full time Police Chief. Requirements include an AA degree or equivalent, a minimum of five years of supervisory experience, knowledge of budgets and payroll. Previous experience with council meetings and reporting preferred. Must be willing to live within city limits within a specified timeframe. Must be ILEA certified and attend various meetings including sheriff's,...
Meredith College Raleigh, NC, 27611
To provide safety and security services to students, staff, faculty, and visitors through efficient use of departmental resources. Position will be hired as Police Officer (Grade 3 / Non-exempt) with the expectation that the individual will be promoted to Assistant Chief within a 12 to 18 month period. The advancement opportunity to Assistant Chief level (Grade 4 / Exempt) will come through proven...
City of Orange Grove is accepting application for CHIEF OF POLICE Applicant must be TCEOLSE certified. Applications can be obtained at Orange Grove City Hall, located at 201 S. Dibrell, Orange Grove, TX 78372 or on the TCOLE Website’s Personal History Form. Applications can be hand delivered, mailed to the City of Orange Grove P.O. Box 1350 Orange Grove, TX 78372 or emailed to the orang...
Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police The City of Tehachapi will be accepting applications for the position of Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police. Finalist will be required to pass a comprehensive background investigation, medical exam and drug screen. Salary: $3146-$4933 per month , plus benefit package, which includes health, dental, vision, life and retirement. The ap...
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea POLICE SERGEANT Salary: $6,722 - $8,172 Application Deadline Date: Friday, March 27, at 4:00 PM PST Under general direction from the Commander and Chief of Police oversees and participate in all work activities, related to the enforcement of laws, the prevention of crimes, general investigations of crimes, accidents, and cases; to coordinate investigations with other agen...
The City of Redding is establishing an Entry Level Police Officer eligibility list to fill current and future Police Officer vacancies. We are seeking motivated individuals with a strong commitment toward providing excellent service to the members of the community. The Mission of the Redding Police Department is to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property, solve neighbor...
Emploi Gard Déposez gratuitement votre offre d'emploi ! Rechercher un emploi dans le Gard Gardien De Police Ou Brigadier De Police Municipale (H/f) Infos clés La ville de Pont Saint-Esprit Nîmes 29 décembre 2014 Description du poste Missions : – Exécuter, sous l’autorité du maire, les missions de police administrative et judiciaire relevant de sa compétence en matière de prévention et de su...
City of Rolla Rolla, MO
Job Description The City of Rolla, MO (pop 19,651) is looking for an individual with a high level of professional ethics, integrity, proven leadership skills and outstanding communication skills to serve as its new Police Chief. The Chief will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the activities of a 35-member police department as well as overseeing the Animal Contr...
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
Job Description The University of Minnesota is seeking a proven law enforcement leader and innovative manager to serve as its next Chief of Police. The Chief of Police reports to the Vice President for University Services and leads the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) on the Twin Cities campus. The Twin Cities campus has a student population of 52,000 and 16,000 employees. UMPD is...
City of Roxboro Roxboro, NC
Job Description Chief of Police: Roxboro (8,500). Northern Piedmont Region of North Carolina along the Virginia Border location. The City of Roxboro is accepting applications for a Chief of Police. The City desires a progressive community leader with high ethical standards, ability to build/maintain effective working relationships with citizens, staff, and elected officials. Roxboro Police Depar...
City of Sealy Sealy, TX
Job Description The City of Sealy, Texas, is seeking a new Chief of Police. Sealy, with approximately 7,200 residents, is just 50 miles west of downtown Houston. The Chief of Police is appointed by, and reports directly to, the City Manager and is an officer of the City. The chosen appointee must be confirmed by the City Council. The City has more than 53 full-time and 4 part-time employees and ...
City of Eustis Eustis, FL
Job Description The City of Eustis, Florida is seeking its next Police Chief. The City has a population of 19,000 and is centrally located in Lake County, about 25 miles northwest of Orlando. The City employs 212 full time employees and provides a full range of services including Police and Fire, Finance, Public Works, Human Resources, Library, Parks and Recreation, Development Services, and othe...
Police Chief The cities of Otho and Duncombe are accepting applications for the position of Police Chief. This position is governed by a 28E agreement between the two cities to provide police protection and the officer will be performing duties for both communities. ILEA Certification preferred, but not required. Salary DOQ plus benefit package. EOE. Applications available at City Hall in Otho,...
The city of Scotland, SD is currently seeking a knowledgeable and experienced South Dakota certified law enforcement professional to serve as a full time chief of police. High school diploma or GED required. SD certified preferred. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Applications and job descriptions can be picked up at the city finance office located at: The position will remain...
Town of Paradise Valley, AZ Paradise Valley, AZ
Job Description The Town of Paradise Valley is seeking an experienced, service oriented Police Chief. This is a unique opportunity for a creative and resourceful leader to help shape the future the Police Department of this special desert community. To view complete Recruitment Brochure go to: http://paradisevalleyaz.gov/170/Employment-Information THE COMMUNITY Well known as one of the most af...

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