The City of District Heights, Maryland a municipality with about 6,000 residents, seeks an experienced and progressive police leader to serve as its next full-time Chief of Police. The Chief of Police provides leadership, administrative direction, and strategic vision for the Police Department’s sworn members and civilian employees to include code enforcement. The Chief is expected to maintain positive relationships with residents, and work with stakeholders, other police departments and state/federal agencies.
This position has overall operational supervision of the police force in providing 24/7 coverage, ensures the enforcement of laws and codes, administers crime prevention programs/strategies, leads community police efforts, oversees the investigation of crimes and vehicular accidents, coordinates crime statistics and State/Federal compliance reporting, and oversees the maintenance of certification requirements for the Department. Dispatch services and holding facilities are provided by Prince George’s County, which also handles investigation of serious crimes.
The ideal candidate should have the following experience: law enforcement administration, budget development and management, emergency preparedness methodology, development and implementation of policies and procedures, patrol development/implementation, criminal investigation, personnel management and strategic planning, grants management, and community leadership qualities. The Chief of Police must be an effective supervisor of employees and maintain positive professional relationships both inside and outside of the Department. The Chief of Police must be familiar with the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights and law enforcement technologies including computers, and have working knowledge of local, State and Federal Laws.
Qualifications: Experience and training may substitute for formal education. However, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field is preferred. Candidates should have a minimum of 15 years of policing experience, including 5 years command experience with a full-service law enforcement agency, preferably within the State of Maryland. In addition, the Chief of Police must be eligible for certification by the Maryland Police Training Commission to perform police duties in the State of Maryland. A valid Driver’s License is required. The candidate must successfully pass an in-depth background investigation.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to City Manager-Sharlá Crutchfield, by email to email@example.com. The City of District Heights is an equal opportunity employer.