• City of Laurens Human Resources

Police Chief- Laurens Police Department

Updated: Jun 16

General Statement of Job

Under limited supervision, performs professional, administrative, and supervisory law enforcement work administering and overseeing all operations of the Police department for the city of Laurens. Work involves overseeing the operation of the Police department including patrol operations, investigations, and administration; ensuring that all shifts are properly staffed to cover the city; ensuring that all calls are answered and properly reported along with accident investigations; making sure investigations cases are assigned, investigated, completed and ready for court; overseeing all administrative functions to include the proper filing of reports, files, tickets, etc.; ensuring all required are sent to Columbia for incidents, booking accidents, court; administering NCIC to include operation and training; Coordinates with city administrator concerning all personnel matter to include hiring, terminating, and disciplining department staff; conducting community programs as needed; handling all purchases for the Police Department; and preparing and ensuring the department stays within the budget. The employee works under stressful, high-risk conditions. Reports to the Mayor and City Administrator.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises department employees which involve such duties as instructing, assigning, and reviewing work, maintaining standards, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, appraising employee performance, recommending promotions, discipline, termination, and salary increases.

Oversees staff development and leadership training to promote staff retention, professionalism, and departmental stability.

Oversees the operation of the Police department; ensures all calls are answered and investigations are conducted; handles all personnel issues; delegates various jobs to individuals responsible to carry out the duties.

Develops and implements long and short-range plans for the agency in coordination with City Administration

Manages all procurement for the agency according to the City Policies and the annual budget

Conducts community programs; attends meetings with various community leaders about citizen concerns.

Prepares budget annually

Assists City Administration with public safety and security needs as required by the City Administrator and/or Mayor

Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations for improvement as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.

Ensures compliance of subordinates with departmental and state training requirements

Ensures the consistent, effective and professional enforcement of applicable City ordinances of State and Federal laws.

Responds to major crime scenes on a 24-hour-per-day-basis; responds to calls after hours as needed.

Advises and assists subordinates in highly complex criminal and other investigations.

Receives and/or processes various records and reports including information related to criminal investigations, financial information, and new techniques and procedures.

Prepares and/or processes various records and reports including statistics, budget, policy and procedure, and monthly reports for court, SLEC, and city administration.

Additional Job Functions

Performs general administrative / clerical work as necessary, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, reviewing mail and literature, attending and conducting meetings, etc.

Performs other related duties as required.


Requires a Master’s degree in criminal justice, business, social science, or another related field, with six to nine years of experience in law enforcement, some of which has been at the management level; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must have successfully completed required courses and certification; may be required to possess additional certification(s) as deemed necessary by the city. Must possess a valid State driver's license.


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including office equipment, law enforcement equipment, and tools, safety equipment, firearms, communications equipment, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally and/or frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work. Work involves walking, standing, running, climbing, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling crawling, and jumping for varying periods of time. Must be able to lift and/or carry up to one hundred pounds. Must be able to defend oneself from assault and to restrain suspects of varying weights.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from the supervisor. Includes the giving of instructions and assignments to subordinate personnel.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of law books, maps, policy and procedure manuals, warrants, criminal records, financial documents, etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, correspondence, budgets, etc. with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data; establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of instructions in mathematical, written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to apply influence systems in managing a diverse staff; to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently using a variety of technical and/or professional terminology including law enforcement, personnel, budgeting, etc.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages and decimals; to determine time and weight; to utilize algebraic, geometric and trigonometric systems; and to utilize basic statistical formulas and inferences.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape; identify degrees of similarity or differences in shades, forms, etc.; and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using office machinery, firearms, and other special equipment, to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, fire equipment, and vehicles, control knobs, switches, catches, firearms, etc. Must have levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination and Visual Acuity: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color; requires the visual acuity to determine depth perception, night vision, peripheral vision, inspection for small parts; preparing and analyzing written or computer data, etc.

Interpersonal Temperament: Has the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under high stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear.


Knowledge of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the methods, policies, and procedures of the Police Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Chief of Police. Has considerable knowledge of the methods, organization, planning, management, and supervision of a city law enforcement agency as reflected in the needs and requirements of the City. Is able to develop and administer both short and long-range plans and budgets for the agency. Is able to work under stressful or dangerous conditions, often involving considerable personal risk or risk to others. Is able to maintain control of assigned activities through effective supervision of subordinates and the application of good human relations techniques. Has knowledge of how to plan, organize, and direct a law enforcement staff. Is able to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding departmental policies, methods, and regulations. Is able to perform employee evaluations and to make recommendations based on results. Is able to offer training and assistance to subordinates, co-workers, and employees of other departments as required. Is able to perform duties under the pressure of very high expectations for exemplary and non-erring leadership, management, professionals, and implementation of law enforcement procedures. Is able to show a high level of discretion and flexibility in daily operations. Has considerable knowledge of the structure, functions, and inter-relationships of State and local law enforcement agencies. Is able to analyze trends and plan and adjust Police Department services in response to changing trends. Has extensive knowledge of up-to-date methods of law enforcement. Has extensive knowledge of firearms, automotive, radio, and other law enforcement equipment. Is skilled in the use of firearms. Is able to direct thorough criminal investigations. Has extensive knowledge of the legal rights of accused persons and law enforcement. Has extensive knowledge of criminal behavior and methods of operations. Is able to use judgment and discretion in dealing with emergency situations, handling internal problems of the Department, reacting to public pressures, and analyzing and applying new laws, law enforcement methods, and techniques. Is able to assemble and analyze information and make written and oral reports concisely, clearly, and effectively. Is able to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Is able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of public and private groups and is persuasive in such communication. Has sufficient knowledge of other City departments to communicate with their representatives as necessary in carrying out duties and responsibilities. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations accurately and quickly. Is able to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Has good organizational, technical, and management skills. Is skilled in the use of computers. Has knowledge of the standard tools, materials, and practices of the trade. Is skilled in the care and use of required tools and equipment. Has knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the industry.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high-quality communication and interface with all City departments and divisions, co-workers and customers, and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under "Specific Duties and Responsibilities."

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, City policy, standards, and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human, and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and on time with a minimum of tardiness and absences and adheres to City policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant, and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgments in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations, and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of the same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with City policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the City.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with supervisors and staff for mutual benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints in order to establish and maintain goodwill. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities fort he completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the City and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

Planning: Plans, coordinates, and uses information effectively to enhance activities and production. Knows and understands expectations regarding the activities and works to ensure such expectations are met. Designs and formulates ways, means, and timing to achieve established goals and objectives. Effectively and efficiently organizes, arranges, and allocates manpower, financial and other designated resources to achieve such goals and objectives.

Organizing: organizes work and that of subordinate staff well. Ensures that staff members know what results are expected of them and that they are regularly and appropriately informed of all City and department matters affecting them and/or of concern to them.

Staffing: Works with upper management to select and recommend the employment of personnel for the department who are qualified both technically and philosophically to meet the needs of the department and the City. Personally, directs the development and training of department personnel in order to ensure that they are properly inducted, oriented, and trained.

Leading: Provides a work environment, which encourages clear and open communications. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effective leadership and how such principles are to be applied. Provides adequate feedback to staff so that they know whether their performance levels are satisfactory. Commends and rewards employees for outstanding performance yet does not hesitate to take disciplinary action when necessary. Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward the achievement of City goals and objectives.

Controlling: Provides a work environment, which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates, audits, and controls manpower and financial resources efficiently and effectively. Coordinates, audits, and controls the utilization of materials and equipment efficiently and effectively. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of City standards, methods, and procedures.

Delegating: Assigns additional duties to staff as necessary and/or appropriate in order to meet department goals, enhance staff abilities, build confidence on the job and assist staff members in personal growth. Has confidence in staff to meet new or additional expectations.

Decision Making: Uses discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of action affecting the department. When a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not appear to be achieving the desired result, moves decisively and definitively to develop and implement alternatives.

Creativity: Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies, and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of the department and City. Employs imagination and creativity in the application of duties and responsibilities. Is not adverse to change that supports the achievement of goals and objectives.

Human Relations: Strives to develop and maintain good rapport with all staff members. Listens to and considers their suggestions and complaints and responds appropriately. Establishes a work environment to promote and maintain mutual respect.

Policy Implementation: Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of City policies regarding functions under charge and the function of the organization. Adheres to those policies in the discharge of duties and responsibilities and ensures the same from subordinate staff.

Policy Formulation: Maintains awareness of changes in operating philosophies and policies of the City and continually reviews department policies in order to ensure that any changes in City philosophy or practice are appropriately incorporated. Also understands the relationship between operating policies and practices and department morale and performance. Works to see that established policies enhance the same.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice


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City of Laurens Human Resources

126 E. Public Square

Laurens SC, 29360

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