The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the total operation of the police department. This includes the preparation of the departmental budget, planning and development, developing departmental policy, rules and operating procedures. This Office has three (3) additional units: the Professional Standards Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Community Policing Teams. It is the responsibility of the Chief of Police to ensure the Department operates effectively and efficiently according to city and department policy.
Professional Standards Unit
The Professional Standards Unit is lead by a Police Director (Major) and coordinated by a Patrol Officer. The unit is responsible for the following functions:
Accreditation -- Ensures the CALEA standards applicable to the department are implemented and followed to allow the department to gain and maintain national accreditation status.
Policy and Guides -- Facilitates the development, content and formatting of all Department policies and operational guidelines.
Uniform Crime Reporting -- Reviews all police reports to ensure compliance with the State and Federal Uniform Crime Reporting and ensures reports are submitted in a timely manner.
Purchasing -- Conducts all departmental purchasing of uniforms, equipment and items in accordance with department and city purchasing guidelines and City ordinances.
Internal Affairs Unit
Responsible for receiving and filing all complaints filed against members of the Police Department. All complaints are referred to the appropriate Group Manager for investigation.
Community Policing Teams
The Community Policing Team concept is to provide a means for coordinating and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of police services in an established area and/or patrol sector. These are analytical teams comprised of members of the operational teams with ancillary duties to identify specific neighborhoods in their sector and with direct input from the citizens, identify, analyze and resolve unique problems to those neighborhoods. There are six (6) Community Police Teams. Teams one (1) through six (6) correspond to patrol sectors and one (1) through six (6) are responsible for identifying, analyzing and solving neighborhood problems in their respective sectors. Team Leaders provide monthly reports concerning activity for their respective area and make presentations at quarterly Compstat meetings.