Police Chief's Office
The Chief of Police directs and is responsible for the control of all police department operations in accordance with ordinances, policies and regulations established by the City of Thomasville and the City Manager. The Chief of Police reports to the City Manager. The Chief of Police exercises direct supervision over two Deputy Chiefs of Police, the Administrative Assistant, the Research, Planning and Analysis Unit, and the Professional Standards Division.
The Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to the Office of the Chief. This includes a wide variety of complex administrative and secretarial duties and includes functions which support the department's mission. The position is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and facilitating executive level meetings and conferences. This includes maintaining a calendar of appointments, and preparing written correspondence for the Office of the Chief, programs, and supplies for executive level meetings. The Administrative Assistant serves as the direct liaison with other departmental and organizational personnel. The position assists with a wide variety of departmental operations and performs special projects and assignments as requested.
Planning, Research, and Analysis Unit
The Planning, Research and Analysis Unit prepares special reports and handles administrative concerns as directed by the Chief of Police. He provides direct assistance to the Chief of Police in the planning and research component of the department's operation. The position is responsible for developing work plans for the department. This position formulates and executes command decisions relative to special and routine police problems within his scope of authority.
This Unit is responsible for developing and managing the department's budget and serving as point of contact for other city departments concerning all fiscal matters. This position is responsible for managing all contracts with outside vendors and also manages the department's grant program.
Grant administration falls under the umbrella of the Planning, Research and Analysis Unit and encompasses the development, administration and monitoring of all Department grants. The Planning, Research and Analysis Unit assists in the preparation of grant applications, obtains the necessary legal and financial concurrences, and submits the application based on the Chief of Police's approval. Upon receipt of a grant, the commander provides oversight throughout the funding cycle.
Professional Standards Unit
This unit performs investigations of an administrative nature within the departmental framework. It provides internal control to aid the department in establishing and maintaining community trust. The Professional Standards Unit investigates complaints against police personnel and conducts other administrative investigations at the direction of the Chief of Police. They carry out policies which ensure that citizen complaints are thoroughly investigated while treating department personnel consistently and fairly. Factual information derived from their investigations is provided to an accused employee's chain of command for adjudication and the final results of such investigations are reported to the Chief of Police.
The purpose of the Crime Analysis Section is to systematically collect, evaluate, analyze, integrate and disseminate crime data both internally and to the community. This section provides pertinent crime data reports and analysis of this data to assist both operational and administrative personnel.