Police Chief, Brookline, MA
By the Police Executive Research Forum
May 22, 2018 - 7:53:47 PM
of Brookline seeks highly qualified applicants for the position of Police
Chief. With a population of 59,000 within
six square miles, Brookline is a diverse and vibrant community bordered on
three sides by Boston. It is known for its beautiful green spaces, excellent
public schools, progressive social and political culture, and a distinctive mix
of urban and suburban, commercial and residential areas. Town residents are
supportive of the police department and appreciate that the department works in
partnership with the community to ensure that all people enjoy a high quality
of life without fear of crime and with fair and impartial policing.
is governed by a Representative Town Meeting form of government, with a
five-person Select Board and a Town Administrator who are committed to
maintaining an inclusive and progressive approach to policing.
The Police Department
The Brookline Police
Department (BPD) currently employs 136 sworn officers, 42 full-time
and 20 part-time non-sworn personnel.
With a budget of $15M, BPD has enjoyed stable leadership, with the incumbent
chief retiring after serving 23 years as chief.
The Department operates with one chief, one superintendent, four deputy superintendents,
11 lieutenants, 16 sergeants, 103 police officers and 16 civilian dispatchers. Officers are selected and promoted through
the rank of lieutenant through the Massachusetts Civil Service System. Officers and sergeants are represented by the
Brookline Police Association (International Brotherhood of Police Officers).
Chief is appointed by the Town’s Select Board, with recommendation from its
Town Administrator, to whom the Chief is a direct report. The Board effectively operates as the Town’s
Police Commissioners with daily administrative supervision from the Town
Administrator. As chief executive
officer of the Department, the Chief is the departmental authority in all
matters of policy, operations, and discipline.
Ideal Candidate for Police Chief
of Brookline is seeking a proven leader with exceptional management, interpersonal,
and communication skills and demonstrated experience in developing and
maintaining effective working relationships with government officials,
community and civic groups (including private-sector partners), and police
department employees. Experience working
in an urban police setting in a labor relations environment is highly
preferred. Under the administrative
direction of the Town Administrator, the successful candidate will be expected
to expand upon the innovative policing practices and community engagement
efforts of the department, and to have a proven track record of openness,
transparency, and working with diverse communities. The new chief must be well
versed in best practices in policing, and have the ability to work collaboratively
as a part of the town’s management team in addressing issues of public safety
in an inclusive, democratic governing environment.
position requires a bachelor’s degree. A
master’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, business
administration, or related field is strongly preferred. Ten years of progressively responsible police
experience is required, five of which shall have been in a supervisory
capacity. An equivalent combination of
education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the job will be considered. Additional specialized
leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)
and the FBI National Academy is desirable.
appointed, the Police Chief must obtain police certification in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Residency
in the Town is NOT a requirement.
range is $137,300 to $161,800, based on qualifications. The Town offers an
excellent benefits package including participation in the state sponsored
defined benefit pension plan, strong health insurance coverage, a 457 deferred
compensation plan and educational incentive pay. Massachusetts municipal and other
jurisdictions do not participate in the Social Security system.
How To Apply
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the Town in the selection
process. For questions about this
position, contact Charlotte Lansinger at 301-639-3020 or email BrooklinePC@policeforum.org.
The position is open until filled.
Qualified candidates may apply in confidence. For immediate consideration, candidates
should send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of five references by June 22,
2018 to: BrooklinePC@policeforum.org.
information is available about this position at http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Web_Uploads/Brooklineprofile1.pdf.
of Brookline is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to maintaining a
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