Police Major (Internal Only)

Recruitment #22-3246-001


The purpose of this position is to assist in the management of the Police Department by planning and administering the functions and activities of a major work group or unit. The incumbent carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. The incumbent must maintain a thorough knowledge of administrative policies and procedures, standard operating guidelines/procedures.


  1. A Major is responsible for the command and administration of a major unit, work group, or division of the Department. The incumbent is responsible for all division activities and will coordinate services with other units, work groups, divisions, City departments and agencies, other units of government, outside law enforcement agencies and media outlets.
  2. The incumbent plans, programs, directs and evaluates the operation(s) of assigned area(s) of responsibility in the Police Department. The Major consults with and advises the Assistant Police Chief, Deputy Director and Director of Police regarding the operating procedures and administrative problems and fulfillment of the Departments strategic direction as determined by the Director. The incumbent must provide the Director and other staff personnel with complete and accurate information regarding his/her assigned area of responsibility.
  3. The incumbent assists in the formulation and enforcement of Department Rules and Regulations and work methods and procedures within the Department to increase the efficiency and capabilities of the Police Department.
  4. The incumbent participates in the preparation of the annual budgets, along with supporting justification, and establishes and maintains control over expenditures. The incumbent must ensure that all monies are spent correctly, documented and properly tracked and reported. The Major conducts continuous assessments of the department's cost efficiency and makes modifications to ensure cost effectiveness.
  5. The Major directly supervises Lieutenants and Sergeants, as well as civilian support staff. He/She directs the daily activities of the assigned command and established goals and priorities, resolves problems, as well as guides and advises subordinate supervisors. It is the responsibility of the incumbent to implement audits and control processes to facilitate a continuous improvement in the delivery of police services. During major cases and extraordinary police situations the Major provides command level direction and guidance to subordinate staff. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of and interprets the application of federal, state and local criminal laws, codes and statues and have a thorough understanding of modern police management techniques.
  6. The incumbent ensures that employee potential is maximized through commendation, employee performance appraisal and evaluations and evaluations and positive discipline. The Major is responsible for dispensing discipline within the department and promulgating appearance and behavioral standards for all departmental employees, both sworn and civilian. The incumbent is expected to demonstrate an effective management style in coping with and utilizing limited manpower and resources. Further, incumbent should exhibit the ability to effectively use limited manpower and resources while maintaining an acceptable level of morale and with a reduced level of labor problems. The Major must maintain a personnel balance in each functional unit, division or work group in accordance with workload, solvability factors and manpower availability and achieves this by reviewing the workload of assigned areas of command and the adjustment of personnel resources as required.
  7. The Major must allocate the resources necessary to meet service needs and ensure that the proper use of assigned equipment and facilities is followed throughout all levels of the department. The incumbent identifies problem areas and areas where improvement is needed and works towards there resolution.
  8. The incumbent reviews personnel actions, disciplinary actions and other related matters and administers and interprets provisions of the appropriate collective bargaining agreement, departmental policy or City policy. The Major reviews and coordinates disciplinary procedures, sets up and administers departmental hearings and attends departmental review boards. The incumbent investigates internal and external complaints against department supervisors and initiates appropriate corrective/disciplinary action as warranted by the investigation.
  9. The incumbent meets regularly with peers, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and non-sworn supervisors to interpret policy and discuss problems and solutions in law enforcement and police administration. This requires the Major to establish and maintain working relationships with other department managers, other City departments and public officials. He/she represents the Director at various meetings, and on boards and committees when meeting with community groups or community functions. The Major also prepares and gives news releases and appears at public gatherings and on television or radio.
  10. The incumbent must develop methods of improving police community relationship and media relationships that effectively deal with the real and perceived problems of law enforcement/crime as expressed by the community and/or City Administration. This requires the Major to have a thorough knowledge of police, community and media relations, recruitment of police, civilian, and volunteer personnel, crime prevention, public and school safety, as well as community conflict meditation techniques.
  11. The incumbent acts as the Assistant Police Chief, Deputy Director and/or Director of Police in his/her absence or unavailability.

Minimum Qualifications

A High-School diploma or G.E.D. is required at the time of appointment with an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college AND five (5) years of experience in a supervisory/management role with a law enforcement agency.

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or a related field can be substituted for two (2) years of supervisory/management experience.


At the time of appointment Fifteen (15) years of law enforcement experience progressing through supervisory / management positions with a minimum of five (5) years of law enforcement experience at a lieutenant or equivalent level position.

Completion of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Ohio Public Safety Leadership Academy, FBI National Academy, or equivalent training program may be substituted for two (2) years of lieutenant or equivalent level experience.


Must obtain OPOTA certification within 12 months of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Background Check
A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position. 

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing 
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees. 

Important COVID-19 Information 
Beginning November 1, 2021, newly hired City of Dayton employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be required to become fully vaccinated within 90 days of being hired. 

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer