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Chief of Police in United States usage is the title typically given to the head of a police department. In contrast to a sheriff, who is generally elected by the voters of a county, chiefs of police usually are municipal employees who owe their allegiance to a city. Often they are appointed by the mayor of a city; conversely they may be appointed by or subject to the confirmation of a police commission. In some jurisdictions all police officers, including the chief, are under the protection of civil service regulations. In some jurisdictions the head of the police commission is in fact the leader of the police and holds a position analogous or similar to the one described here, in which case he or she is referred to as Commissioner. New York City Police Department, NYPD, has both a Police Commissioner and a Chief, formerly called the Chief Inspector but now called the Chief of Department. The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... MPD officers man a police-line in the District of Columbia A car of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, England Police forces are government organisations ostensibly charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order. ... Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or American common law, or the person who holds such office. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ... A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... A mayor (Latin maīor better) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... A civil servant or public servant is a civilian career public-sector employee working for a government department or agency. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ...


The constitutions of all U.S. states (except Connecticut, which has no sheriffs, and Hawaii, which has a State Sheriff) requiring every county to have a sheriff; some make no provision for this position to be eliminated even in the case of the formation of a consolidated city-county or "metropolitan government". In this case, a decision must be made about how to divide the powers between the county sheriff and the city chief of police. The usual compromise is one which allows the chief of police to exercise law enforcement jursidiction and to give the sheriff and his or her deputies authority over jails; an alternative and lesser-used solution is to make the office of sheriff a purely ceremonial one. An organizations constitution defines its form, structure, activities, character, and fundamental rules. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Other U.S. States Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell Official languages English Area 14,371 km² (48th)  - Land 12,559 km²  - Water 1,809 km² (12. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... In United States local government, a consolidated city-county is a city and county that have a merged government, and is considered both a city and a county under the laws of the State. ... In the United States the term metropolitan government is most frequently used to describe a system of municipal government in which most or all of the functions of a government of a county are combined with those of its principal city. ... A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ...


A police chief may in a small town be the only paid employee of the police department and have a staff consisting only of volunteers, when available; conversely the police chief of a major city may have thousands (or in the case of very large cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, tens of thousands) of sworn officers and thousands more civilian employees under his or her command. So it is very obvious that the qualifications and skills required to be a police chief vary widely. Another important consideration is how overtly a police department is influenced by politics, which varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another. Increasingly, all U.S. law enforcement officers, including small-town police chiefs and their charges, are being required to meet at least minimum levels of professional training to an extent that was unknown even a few decades ago. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... Politics is the process and method of decision-making for groups of human beings. ...


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Chief of police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (441 words)
Chief of Police is the title typically given to the head of a police department, particularly in the United States and Canada.
In contrast to a sheriff, who is generally elected by the voters of a county, chiefs of police usually are municipal employees who owe their allegiance to a city.
The usual compromise is one which allows the chief of police to exercise law enforcement jursidiction and to give the sheriff and his or her deputies authority over jails and the serving of civil papers; an alternative and lesser-used solution is to make the office of sheriff a purely ceremonial one.
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