Law Enforcement and Security - Command Staff, Law Enforcement and Security - Jails, Law Enforcement and Security - Patrol
4 Year Degree
The Chief of Police serves as the chief administrator of the Galesburg Police Department through the command management of all levels of sworn and non-sworn personnel. Plans, directs, manages, and oversees all activities and operations of the Police Department including law enforcement, crime prevention, patrol, traffic, telecommunications, and crime suppression programs. Assists and advises the City Administration on any Law Enforcement or Public Safety matters affecting the City of Galesburg. Work also includes assuring the proper training, assignment and discipline of all departmental members. Plans strategically for use of resources, coordinates the activities of the department and ensures that services provided and development plans are of the highest quality. Provides leadership and direction to departmental staff. The Chief of Police participates positively and effectively as a member of the City’s Management Team.
Acts as liaison with various local, state, federal, public safety and other criminal justice organizations.
Analyze and recommend improvements to equipment and facilities, as needed.
Assist City Administration in labor negotiations; monitor labor contracts throughout the year.
Assumes responsibility for all departmental command functions and coordinates all law enforcement programs for the City.
Confers with and represents the department and the City in meetings with members of the City Council, members of boards and commissions, various governmental agencies, local law enforcement agencies and a variety of public and private organizations.
Develop policies and procedures for the Department mandated by law, to ensure efficient operations of the department, and to implement directives from the City Manager.
Direct the development and maintenance of systems, records, and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control, and documentation of the Police Department operations.
Handle grievances, maintain Departmental discipline, and maintain the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
Oversees all City police functions including community-oriented policing, patrol, crime prevention, investigation, traffic enforcement, school services, dispatch and records.
Research, analyze and evaluate new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.
Serve as advisor to the City Manager and other City staff on law enforcement, related legislation and other areas pertaining to police department activities.
Plans and participates in programs on crime prevention and suppression, neighborhood watch, etc.
Provides for the selection, training, and professional development of department staff.
Provides policy guidance and interpretation to staff, ensuring that laws, ordinances and policies are consistently enforced and discipline is administered as necessary.
Represents the City and department with other offices or agencies, news media, elected officials, City, State, and citizen groups;
Supervise and coordinate the preparation and presentation of an annual budget for the Department; manage the expenditure of appropriated funds; direct the implementation of the Department's budget; plan for and review specifications for new or replaced equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in the field of Law Enforcement or related subject matter is required.
Advanced leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern center for Public Safety, Southern Police Institute, or other similar program is preferred.
Must have or be eligible to receive the State of Illinois Police Certification.
WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible sworn law enforcement experience.
Have proven success in a command or supervisory leadership role equivalent to Lieutenant or above.
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement.
Experience working with the public and media are preferred.
PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITY
To communicate effectively through strong written and verbal skills with co-workers, employees, other City departments, elected officials, local, state, federal and public safety criminal justice organizations and general public.
Possess complete integrity and a high sense of personal and professional ethics.
Ability to participate positively and effectively as a member of the management team in discussions and problem solving processes which relate to the overall needs, concerns and services of the City.
Act as a motivator who can develop strong staff and employee morale while attaining a high level of productivity and accomplishment from the work force.
Knowledge of laws governing the rights of citizens including apprehension, arrest and custody procedures as well as methods & techniques of investigation, and evidence procedures.
Knowledge of principles and practices of program development, administration, crime prevention, suppression and law enforcement.
Ability to maintain composure in dealing with citizens, city staff, elected officials, and others, occasionally under conditions of urgency and in pressure situations.
Ability to organize, direct and control local police affairs consistent with the requirements of laws, union contracts and municipal policy.
Ability to promote a strong sense of community service and customer service orientation on the part of all department employees in contact with the public.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
Must possess or obtain and maintain first aid and CPR certificates, firearms qualification, and proper certificates from the State training board.
Must undergo and meet City standards for background and reference checks, controlled substance testing, and physical exams.
Strength and mobility to operate a motor vehicle and take command at an incident or emergency scene.
See in close and distant environmental surroundings.
Stand or sit for short or extended periods of time.
Immediately and without warning exert one’s self physically over short and extended periods of time.
Maintain hand/arm steadiness and make skillful, coordinated movements with the hands and fingers.
Hold arms up and make coordinated movements for long periods of time.
Hear and understand conversations in a quiet and noisy environment, as well as ability to tell where a sound is coming from and discriminate between sounds.
Ability to hear and speak to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone and radio.
Work outside in various temperature and climate conditions for both short and extended periods of time.