Police Department Analysis

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The organizational structure is set up much like the military. Power and authority is held by the chief executive officer who is the Chief of Police. The chief can delegate power, authority, and responsibility downward, but ultimately it is the chief who is responsible. Staffing wise, the police department consist of sixty-nine sworn, certified police officers when fully staffed. The officers are divided into three divisions, the administrative division, patrol division and, the special operations division (SOD) which is responsible for all investigations. The patrol division also includes a traffic division, an interstate traffic unit, and a community police officer. The detective division, also known as SOD, consist of general detectives …show more content…
Civilian employees include the Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) who is responsible for the department use of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer network which is where officers obtain criminal history and other law enforcement sensitive information. The captain is also responsible for supervising the dispatch supervisor and all the dispatchers.

Additionally, the administrative captain is responsible for assisting the CALEA manager in collecting data necessary for compliance. The administrative captain is also the police department’s training officer and is responsible for maintaining all training records for officers. He is also responsible for scheduling in-service training for officers and transmitting these records to the Tennessee Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission each
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The department works closely with state agencies including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Department of Children’s Services (DCS), the court system, and the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s office. TBI provides support and investigative services for the department including polygraphists and processes evidence for the department such as drug identification, blood alcohol tests, and fingerprints. All state criminal charges are filed through the office of the district attorney general for prosecution. After criminal charges are filed, the cases are heard in either the Wilson County General Sessions Court or the Criminal Court of the 15th Judicial District. If a defendant is convicted the department also works with the county probation officer or the State Probation and Parole office. The department also works closely with DCS in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving child abuse. The police department also works closely with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the jail and all suspects arrested are transported and incarcerated there. The department also has a good working relationship with the judicial commissioners of Wilson County. Any suspect that is arrested without a warrant are taken before a judicial commissioner. The judicial commissioner is the magistrate and determines whether

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