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The work involves responsibility for directing the law enforcement activities of a city police department in an assigned district, which may be a town or a village by contract, or any other district within the department. Under direction, an employee in this class performs recurring work of a responsible, administrative and managerial nature in planning, directing, coordinating, and reviewing law enforcement and related activities of a police district. Supervision is exercised over a number of police and civilian employees of different ranks and responsibilities. Employees in this class evaluate the supervision and activities of subordinate supervisors, officers and civilians who perform line and support functions within the agency. Districts are typically small local areas with fewer than fifty full-time personnel assigned. Specialized and compartmentalized functions may or may not be performed within a district. A full range of standard police duties including patrol, investigation, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, and coordination with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies is performed under the supervision of the district chief. An employee in this position works in close contact with the general public and the citizenry of the community. Familiarity with local geography, local businesses, schools, municipal governments, and local residents is helpful in this position. Does related work as required.


Supervises departmental policies and departmental procedures, and issues written directives to sworn-in civilian personnel.

Plans assignments of officers and supervisors to achieve optimum police service to the district and community.

Observes activities and reviews reports of subordinates to determine patterns of criminal activity and other public safety problems within the district.

Monitors compliance of employees with statutes, rules and regulations of the agency and facilitates training according to policy of the department.

Receives and investigates the complaints involving personnel, procedures or performance of the district; follows procedures and policies to initiate disciplinary or other corrective actions to maintain professional standards of conduct and performance pursuant to the policies and regulations of the department.

Maintains liaison with state and local law enforcement agencies to coordinate joint law enforcement activities with this district and to exchange information pertaining to incidents and investigations based upon the policy of the agency.

Evaluates performance of police and civilian personnel according to departmental standards.

Provides and facilitates necessary statistical information within the district to the appropriate division for completing state, federal and local reports on police activities with the district.

Recommends to the appropriate division, the necessary purchase of equipment and supplies.

Assists in the administration of a budget approved for the district by the department.

Informs the public regarding departmental policies and activities to maintain public awareness and support of the department, and to foster cooperation between the citizens and officers of the department. Maintains liaison with the media through the appropriate division to support public awareness and public safety education.

Manages, assists, supervises and/or participates in investigations of major crimes or incidents as required.


Thorough knowledge of accepted principles and practices of law enforcement as applied to district or local municipalities, including community policing.

Good knowledge of New York State Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, and other relevant state and local laws.

Good knowledge of accepted principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to police work.

Ability to supervise and effectively command others in emergencies.

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

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



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


In accordance with Section 58.1.b of Civil Service Law "...no person shall be eligible for appointment nor shall he or she be appointed to any rank above the rank of Police Officer unless he or she has been appointed a Police Officer from an eligible list established according to merit and fitness as provided by section six of article five of the Constitution of the State of New York or has previously served as a member of the New York State Police".

8/96 Date of Original Composition