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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SUNY Delhi has the following employment opportunities: Chief of University Police Library Director Faculty Member: Hospitality Management Competitive salaries with an excellent benefits program. Please visit our website at: www.delhi.edu/jobs This job listing brought to you by The Daily Star...
MILTON TOWNSHIP, MAHONING COUNTY, will be accepting resumes from qualified candidates until March 31, 2015 for the Chief of Policeposition. The position requires administrative and technical police work of a responsible nature in directing and coordinating the activities of the police department. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of (5) year's direct law enforcement upper supervision experi...
CHIEF OF POLICE The Town of Elida is accepting applications for the position Police Chief. Qualifications include having at least seven years' experience in law enforcement, and two years in a supervisor position, a U.S. Citizen, New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy certified, and must pass a background check, polygraph, physical exam, mental evaluation and oral interview. Benefits include paid v...
CHIEF OF POLICE The City of Durant Iowa, population 1,832 is accepting applications for Position of Chief of Police. Applicants must have current ILEA certification, a minimum of ten years law-enforcement experience with five years supervisory experience preferred. Residency within the city limits of the City of Durant is required. Responsibilities include overall management and supervision of the...
POLICE CHIEF Village of Creve Coeur must immediately fill the position of working Police Chief. When fully staffed, there are 8 full time officers, some part-time officers and two office staff. Village population is under 6000. Salary and Benefits negotiable. Send resume to: Village of Creve Coeur, 103 N. Thorncrest, Creve Coeur, IL 61610 Attn: Village Clerk...
CHIEF OF POLICE Aspinwall Borough Aspinwall Borough, Allegheny County, PA, population 2,801, located approx. 9 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA is conducting a search for a non-civil service-at will Chief of Police to be responsible for a 6 full time and 3 part time Officer Police Department. Salary Range: $60,000 to $65,000, based on experience and qualifications that includes a full fringe pack...
Police Chief Position City of Fayette, IA is accepting applications for Police Chief. Fayette home of Upper Iowa University, 570 students living on campus, population 1427. Management & supervision of the City's Police Department, including one officer. Position requires minimum of 5 years experience in law enforcement, preference given to candidates having a record of progressively responsible s...
The City of Desert Hot Springs is seeking an individual with strong leadership and management skills to assume the role of Police Chief. A successful candidate will be an engaging and approachable manager who will maintain a high level of discipline and support high morale in the department. The ideal candidate will have experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships with other p...
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...
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Commitment…..Service….Diversity The dynamic Aviation industry is seeking a seasoned professional! Join our Team! Position Title Deputy Police Chief Announcement No. MWAA-15-11251 Salary Range $83,258 to $137,375 Job Type FT Permanent Location Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Office of Public Safety MA-310SSB Opening Date March...
Security Officer/Chief of Police Wilkes Barre, PA Duties: Security Officer GS-080-11 PD # 4332-0 The Security Officer is responsible for the overall development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards and methods for protecting personnel, property, facilities and information from misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, sabotage or loss. Also serves as the Chief of Police and delegates...
City of Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO
Job Description CHIEF OF POLICE BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, MISSOURI The City of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri is currently seeking candidates for the position of Police Chief, due to the retirement of its current Chief. Bellefontaine Neighbors is located in St. Louis County, Missouri. The 4.3 square mile City is a bedroom community, with the unique small town charm of its residential area. It...
Sharon, Massachusetts Sharon, MA
Job Description The Town of Sharon, Massachusetts, is seeking experienced candidates for the position of Chief of Police. Sharon is located halfway between Boston and Providence. The Town has a population of approximately 18,000 and was recently designated by CNN Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in the US. The Town governance structure consists of a three member Board of Selectme...
Department of Veterans Affairs Wilkes-Barre, PA
Security Officer GS-080-11 PD # 4332-0 The Security Officer is responsible for the overall development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards and methods for protecting personnel, property, facilities and information from misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, sabotage or loss. Also serves as the Chief of Police and delegates authority for the investigation, detention and apprehension ...
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: San Bernardino Job ID: 2015-00052 Job Title: Police Chief Time Base: Full-Time Date Posted: March 2, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled Link to Apply Online: http://jobs.csusb.edu Campus Employment Homepage: http://jobs.csusb.edu Description: Typical Activities: This recruitment is being conducted by Bob M...
San Antonio ISD CHIEF OF POLICE Job Description Opening: March 24, 2015 Closing: April 8, 2015 Reports To: Superintendent Wage/Hour Status: Exempt Pay Grade: Administrative Management – Job Group 8 Rev: 3-2015 Terms of Employment: 12 months/245 days per year. Salary is at Administrative Management Job Group 8 on the SAISD Compensation Plan on a Non-Chapter 21 contract. Entry level is at a...
Description Benefits Supplemental Questions DEEP ROOTS. Short Commutes. The City of Wheat Ridge embodies the deep roots of a City with a rich history and a strong sense of community. Its central location provides shorts commutes to major interstate highways, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the amenities of the large metropolitan City of Denver, Colorado. Our community encompasses 9.5 square ...
The Director of Police and Public Safety promotes a safe, secure, and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, stakeholders, and general visitors to the UNCSA campus and off-campus facilities. Reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and supervises, plan and manages all functions and operations of the Department of Police and Public Safety. Responsible for the ...
Introduction An exciting in-house promotional opportunity exists for a proven leader to plan, direct, manage and supervise the daily activities of the Police Department. To be considered for this opportunity, apply on-line at www.cityofventura.jobs by the 3/29/2015 filing deadline! THE POSITION Under general direction, plans, directs, manages and supervises the daily activities of the Police De...
International City/County Management Associat New Orleans, LA
Position Announcement: Deputy Chief of Staff Department: New Orleans Police Department Job Responsibilities: · Reports to the Chief of Staff and Superintendent · Assists in the planning and implementation of key administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Superintendent · Plans, oversees, and manages projects of high importance · Manages and maintains strong relationshi...

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