Law enforcement agency
North Carolina police department
1. A) The name of the police department is the City of Durham police Department. The chief of this police department is Jose L. Lopez.
B) He reports to the commissioner of police. He is responsible for providing vital information of security in his area of jurisdiction. He also responds to the meetings or talks with the commissioner when it arises.
He was appointed to be the chief of police in the year 2011. The reason behind his appointment was because of his unmatched experience in the police sector and his ability to handle a bigger leadership role in the police department. In his appointment the core values of transparency and openness was involved. He had papers and experience that made him to get the job (Hess, 2010).
Functions and responsibilities of the law enforcement agency
A police department of Durham is CALEA certified. The reason is because it has continued to provide high quality policing services to the community and have shown high levels of professionalism and good conduct. This accreditation had duties which include creation, drafting and editing of files, generation of standard operating procedures and the dissemination of department general orders. The agency was accredited in 2003.
Yes the indeed it is STATE accredited. It was accredited in the year 2003
CALEA accreditation should not only be concerned with the communications unit but the entire law enforcement agency department. CALEA should aimed towards enhancing professionalism, integrity, independence, experience and accountability in department like human resource, emergency departments, accounting departments and security department in the law enforcement agencies. This will make the departments active and productive.
A. There are 250 sworn in personnel actively working with the law enforcement agency.
B. The number of civilian personnel staffing number is 553
A. The Durham police agency is an equal employment partner since it employs its officials from different races and ethnic inclination. The minority forms 23% of the total workforce in the department.
B. From 2010 the Durham police department comprised of 46% white, 43% African Americans 4% Asian American, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, and 3% Pacific Islander. This composition makes police department fair and just in job allocations
5. JURISDICTION INFORMATION
The police department of Durham provides security services basically to all the people living within the city. But majorly, the department serves 54% of the residents, business is 34% and the community policed includes the tourists, the travellers, the government officials and the seniors. Durham city is one of the fifth largest cities in North Caroline, with a size of 299 square miles. The area of jurisdiction includes all the communities and businesses within the specified region, though it may be extended to serve other areas depending on the instructions from the chief. Other areas be covered include landmarks like Blackwell street, Beachwood cemetery, Bright leaf square and great Indian Path (Hess, 2010).
Yes the Durham police agency is a community policing agency. According to my opinion community policing forms 40% of the entire responsibilities of the agency. The major strategies which have been put in place includes strengthening security within the land outside the residential areas, enhancing policies aimed at improving the welfare of the community like giving security to the abandoned and tracking vagabond children. Another strategy is motivating the youth to embrace good characters and contribute towards general safety and security of the residents of Durham. The agency is doing all this through holding seminars for example Youth in Policing Information sessions (Bradley, 2011)
7. Areas of assignment
The areas of assignment of sworn in personnel includes criminal investigation, community policing, rescue services and arresting law breakers. Most of these law enforcers are situated in the residential areas and volatile parts of the city.
Deploying of sworn in officials depends on the nature of the law enforcement situation. Normally, the deployment plan is 4/10.
9. Bargaining body
The bargaining union of Durham Police department is the Durham Police Officers Association. This bargaining body is responsible for agitating for the rights of the police force and fair remuneration terms.
10 work assignment
The patrol officers of the city of Durham are assigned different areas depending on the nature of responsibility to be handled there. But basically some are stationed in one particular area though after some time they are transferred.
An area of jurisdiction for sworn in patrol
The sworn in patrol is usually assigned a particular area for a period of six months. If the patrol officer performs his or her duties well his or her time may be extended.
C. They change work bids through writing letters to the appointing authority so that permission will be granted to them in order to change the work station
15. Fire Department
This specialised department is responsible for responding to fire outbreaks in the city. It is one of the most active departments in the city of Durham. It also gives training to the public on how to respond to a fire outbreak. The department is also responsible for ensuring that institutions are fitted with fire fighting devices and ensures that they are working properly (Hess, 2010).
16. Problems faced by the agency
A. inadequate personnel
B. large area of jurisdiction hence making the service provision inefficient.
C. inadequate funds which could be used for acquiring police facilities.
D. rise in drug and substance abuse by youths.
Eyries of illegal fire arms possession
17. Mission statement
“To establish a total partnership with the citizens of Durham whereby the police department and all citizens are totally committed to work in harmony to preserve life; protect property, , maintain human rights/equality; and promote individual responsibility and community development” (Bradley, 2011).
18. Networking and dependency relationship
The use of radio systems is a very important method of getting in touch with officers in the field in communicating information from one department to another. Well developed transport fleet is also used in the networking program. The agency also uses task forces specially designed in order to deliver the required services to the population.
19. A .hiring
Yes the agency is hiring CALEA coordinator and a number of offices (constables).
B. qualifications to vie for the law enforcement agency
One must have military experience, should have a bachelors degree or a diploma certificate in criminal justice. He or she should be of good conduct and good language skills. Moreover he or she should be of good physical and mental health. The salary range is between $33000 and $ 40404.
C. Hiring process
One applies for the job and drops the application form in the reception office in the police department. The candidates who qualify as per their certificates shall be shortlisted and their name published in the local newspaper or email sent to them concerning their qualification status. Then the short listed employees would be given a written exam, and oral exam to test their writing and oral skills. Candidates will also be required to take medical tests to ascertain their fitness for the job. Physical agility test should then be conducted. The hiring eligibility is valid as long as the recruitment process is taking place (Bradley, 2011).
20. Eligibility requirements of an officer
I) he or she should have experience in his her field
ii) He or she should demonstrate high levels of competence and professionalism.
ii) He should have relevant academic credentials
iv) He should be 25 years and above.
B promotional process
Usually there are exams to be taken in order to show one’s competence for increased responsibility. Interviews would also be done in order to ensure that one is conversant with the new position. The exams administered could be either typed or written. The candidate is supposed to complete the exam in a stipulated time period and submit for evaluation to the examining officer. The person will be informed as to whether he did well or not (Bradley, 2011).
D. Recruiting a police officer process
The applicant passes through an open house. After this point he is given a written test to assess his writing abilities. Then there is physical fitness testing where the applicants are suppose to undergo various physical exercises testing in order to prove that they are able to do the job. After this stage the applicant appears before the interview panel. First selection follows. After this point the shortlisted candidate is given a conditional offer which will be followed by intensive medical screening, polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and drug screening.
E. Contact person
Jose Lopez, contacts 505 W. Chapel Hills, Durham NC,
Phone (919) 560-4322
Fax (919) 560 -4971
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