This is a responsible law enforcement position which involves performing administrative and operational duties associated with the functioning of a large town police department. Responsibility is exercised over command of the department in the absence of the Chief. The employee is allowed considerable leeway in the administrative function of the department in development of policies, procedures related to departmental operations in addition to command in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, TRIAD, and Community Policing initiatives. The incumbent will act as the administrator of the departmental discipline processes in accordance with procedures and applicable laws. The development of information systems technologies for optimal departmental operations is a key responsibility found within the class. Assignments are received , both in writing and through conference from the Chief, allowing for considerable leeway in their implementation. Work is reviewed through conference, by submission of narrative reports and observation of job performance. Supervision may be exercised over a large number of sworn and civilian personnel. Does related work as required.


Evaluates, recommends and implements information technology applications, within budgetary constraints, for the betterment of the Police Department.

Develops policies and procedures consistent with the Department disciplinary regulations and administers in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Serves as Department Head with all powers and authority in the absence of the Chief.

Acts as the departmental spokesperson when dealing with the media.

Insures that the Departmental Accreditation Rating is current and compliant.

Evaluates Departmental training needs; develops and maintains a state of the art Training Program for the Department.

Assesses Department programs and operations to insure program quality, focus, and service delivery.

May represent the Chief in Town Board meetings, with citizen groups and other law enforcement agencies.

Reports to the Police Chief, areas of concern within the Department, offering alternatives and changes to enhance the effective operation of the Department.

Trains, directs, supervises and evaluates subordinate uniformed and civilian personnel in their assigned duties to motivate and achieve departmental objectives.

Insures the accurate preparation, maintenance, and transmittal of reports and records.

Insures the notification of all appropriate town departments and other agencies of emergencies within the town.

Insures the accounting for all moneys and valuables received, processed and dispersed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations.

Cooperates with other enforcement agencies and officers in matters of mutual interest.

Periodically evaluates departmental standards for compliance with policies.

Develops and recommends new or revisions to policies to insure orderly operation.

Recommends and establishes departmental policies and issues written directives to sworn and civilian personnel regarding such policies..

Investigates complaints involving personnel, procedures or performance of the department, as directed by the Chief.

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Assists in the preparation of the departments budget, recommends needs in personnel, equipment and supplies, administers adopted budget as directed by the Chief.

Makes inquiries into the circumstances of all arrests made under command to insure all persons are treated in conformance with New York State Criminal Procedure Law, department rules and regulations.


Thorough knowledge of current and accepted principles and practices of law enforcement as applied to a town police department.

Thorough knowledge of the principle, practices and methods employed in police investigative work.

Good knowledge of the New York State Criminal Procedures, Penal and Vehicle and Traffic Laws, other relevant state and local laws.

Good knowledge of current and accepted principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to law enforcement work.

Good knowledge of current trends and applications in the field of information technologies as applied to the field of law enforcement.

Good knowledge of current P.C. applications, software and hardware for use in a law enforcement setting.

Ability to plan, organize, assign and supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high moral during both normal work activities and emergency situations.

Ability to develop and communicate clearly, both orally and in written format, reports.

Ability to deal firmly and effectively, with the general public, the media, governmental officials, in a manner conducive to cooperative relationships.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position





A. One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Captain; or,

B. Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Lieutenant; or,

C. Four (4) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Police Sergeant; or,

D. A satisfactory equivalent combination of the above described experience.


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