1-400 Rank Structure and Supervision
CHIEF OF POLICE: The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking sworn position within the MPD. In his/her absence, the Chief may appoint a designee to assume the duties of the Chief.
ASSISTANT CHIEF: The Assistant Chief is appointed by and superseded in rank by the Chief of Police. In his/her absence, the Assistant Chief may appoint a designee to assume the duties of Assistant Chief. (10/06/06)
DEPUTY CHIEF: Deputy Chiefs are appointed by and superseded in rank by the Assistant Chief and Chief of Police. In his/her absence, a Deputy Chief may appoint a designee to assume the duties of Deputy Chief.
INSPECTOR: Inspectors are appointed by the Chief of Police and are superseded in rank by the Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chiefs. In his/her absence, an Inspector may appoint a designee to assume the duties of Inspector. (10/06/06)
CAPTAIN: Captain is the highest rank achieved by Civil Service promotion and is superseded in rank by Inspector. In his/her absence, a Captain may appoint a designee to assume the duties of Captain.
LIEUTENANT: Lieutenant rank is achieved by Civil Service promotion and is superseded in rank by Captain.
SERGEANT: Sergeant rank is achieved by Civil Service promotion and is superseded in rank by Lieutenant.
POLICE OFFICER: Police Officer rank is achieved through the Civil Service employment process and is superseded in rank by Sergeant. (10/06/06)
DIRECTOR: Directors are appointed by the Chief of Police and are superseded in rank by the Chief and Assistant Chief. Directors are the highest-ranking civilian positions within the MPD and are the civilian equivalent of Deputy Chiefs.
MANAGER: Manager is a position achieved through the Civil Service employment process and is the civilian equivalent of a Captain or lieutenant, depending on their Civil Service job classification or grade level. Managers are superseded in rank by Directors.
SUPERVISOR: Supervisors are positions achieved through the Civil Service employment process and are the civilian equivalent of a lieutenant or sergeant, depending on their Civil Service job classification or grade level. Supervisors are superseded in rank by managers.
NON-SUPERVISORY CIVILIAN PERSONNEL: Job classifications, grades and promotional lines are determined by the Civil Service Commission.
All Civilian personnel report directly to their immediate assigned supervisor. (03/01/91)
All employees must be aware of their relative positions within the MPD. They should know whom they are accountable to and whom they are responsible for.
All MPD employees are accountable for their use or failure to use delegated authority.
An employee must always obey lawful orders given by supervisors or their designees, but all employees will be held accountable for their use of delegated authority.
An employee who receives conflicting lawful orders shall obey the most recent given. After complying with the order, the employee should notify the next highest-ranking employee above the employee giving the conflicting orders.
Employees shall truthfully answer questions or render material(s) and relevant statements in a departmental investigation when so directed, consistent with the constitutional rights of the employees.
Commanders are responsible and accountable for every aspect of their commands. In order to achieve organizational objectives, they have the authority and responsibility to coordinate, direct, and allocate assigned personnel and resources within policy and legal restraints.
Commanders shall continuously evaluate all aspects of their command. Existing policies, procedures, programs and budget requests should be reviewed to ensure that necessary changes are made. It is a Commander’s responsibility to ensure that deficiencies or inadequacies (personnel or operational) are noted and corrected. (09/19/08)
Commanders shall ensure that changes in command are as smooth and orderly as possible. Orientation of a new Commander shall include information on unique problems of the command and assistance in continuing community and professional contacts relative to the command.
In general, supervisors have the authority to exercise control over subordinates to accomplish Department directives. Supervisors are responsible for the behavior and actions of subordinates within their immediate control. They are also responsible for the inspection, evaluation, and discipline of all assigned subordinates. Those responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To set an example for subordinates in the areas of appearance, work habits, skill and attitude.
- Work assignments and objectives. (09/19/08)
- To ensure that MPD rules, regulations and orders are followed and are not ridiculed by any MPD employee.
In addition to the duties of all MPD employees, supervisors have the following specific duties:
- Investigation of all citizen or department-directed complaints alleging misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty or any other department rule violation.
- Appraisal and analysis of work accomplishments for subordinates.
- Review and approval of reports for completeness and accuracy. (Refer to sections 4-601 Report Responsibility and 4-602 Report Writing.) (09/19/08)
- Duties may be delegated to another sworn employee with equivalent authority. However, the ultimate responsibility or accountability for the results may never be relinquished. (09/19/08)
1-407 COMMAND AUTHORITY - RANKING OR SENIOR OFFICERS
(A-D) (12/28/01) (09/19/08)
The ranking on-duty sworn supervisor at the scene of any police incident shall be in charge and responsible for police activity. In the absence of a supervisor, the senior sworn employee of the first squad to arrive at the incident shall be in charge and responsible for police activity until relieved by a supervisor. The ranking investigating employee, upon arrival, shall coordinate the command of the crime scene with the sworn employees at the scene.
Any sworn employee shall assume command if instructed to do so by a supervisor or senior officer. The sworn employee in charge of a scene shall remain at the scene until the incident is under control, or until relieved by another supervisor.
In certain emergency situations such as Operation 100's, large civil disturbances, underwater recovery, incidents involving bombs or hazardous chemicals, or mental health incidents, the specialized unit trained for these emergencies shall be in command at the scene.
If the sworn employee in charge demonstrates an articulable inability to perform the necessary duties, the on-duty Watch Commander will be notified as soon as practical. The on-duty Watch Commander shall be responsible for assuming or assigning command of the incident and advising the Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Patrol of that decision prior to the end of the shift.
Sworn employees who are working special shift details and who will not be reporting to a regular roll call for change of shift shall be under the direction of their immediate supervisor, or in the absence of an immediate supervisor, the senior officer assigned to the detail. If an immediate supervisor is not present during a special detail, the supervisor on duty in the affected precinct or command shall be responsible for the detail.
Command for special details (i.e. parades, athletic contests or similar assignments) and designation of times for roll call and end of shift shall be directed by the supervisor in charge of the detail.
Last updated May. 14, 2013