How much does a Chief of Police make in the United States? The average Chief of Police salary in the United States is $115,400 as of November 23, 2022, but the range typically falls between $109,000 and $122,400. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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The Chief of Police responsibilities include police service planning, organizational development, personnel management, community policing, and community relations. Enforces the law on a town, city, or county level. Being a Chief of Police requires a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. May also be involved in administrative, financial/budgetary, and operations/labor relations tasks. In addition, Chief of Police typically reports to an elected official. The Chief of Police manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. Working as a Chief of Police typically requires at least 10 years of law enforcement experience. (Copyright 2022

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