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Career and Education Opportunities for Chiefs of Police

In general, chiefs of police supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Chief of Police

Chief of Police video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Chiefs of police explain police operations to subordinates to help them in performing their duties. They also manage logs and direct the preparation and maintenance of departmental records. Equally important, chiefs of police have to inform staff of changes in rules and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work. They are often called upon to ready work schedules and assign duties to subordinates. They are expected to discipline staff for violation of department rules and regulations. Finally, chiefs of police inspect contents of written orders to insure adherence to legal requirements.

Every day, chiefs of police are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.