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Police Commander - Investigations

Schaumburg, Illinois



Village of Schaumburg

101 Schaumburg Court

Schaumburg, IL 60193

Phone: 847-923-3906



Salary: $84,962.60 - $123,211.87 dependent on qualifications

Population: 75,000

Sworn Officers: 117

Application Deadline: 5/22/14








Police Commander - Investigations



Applications are available and accepted ONLY online at:


Online application deadline of 5/22/2014





The Village is seeking a progressive, highly collaborative leader with strong administrative skills to serve in the position of Police Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division. This experienced leader will be required to perform supervisory, management and technical police work in leading the Criminal Investigation division of the Schaumburg Police Department. Duties include managing planning, supervising, and reviewing the activities of the Division and overseeing complex investigations. This position is a leadership role and work provides considerable latitude for exercising independent judgment within limits of his/her assignments. This individual must have significant experience in leading police investigation units. Subordinates will investigate a wide variety of crimes, which include gathering evidence, interviewing and or interrogating and locating witnesses, investigating the scent of the crime, writing a report of findings, and

presenting cases to grand juries and courts. The Commander is accountable for the efficiency and professionalism of the investigation division and participating in the overall management of the division's operation. The Commander will serve as an integral member of the Schaumburg Police Departmentís Senior Leadership Team. The Commander may serve as Acting Deputy Chief or Acting Chief of Police when directed by the Chief of Police.




  • Manage a command of the police department and is responsible for recommending as well as implementing management policies for that command.

  • Participate in the development, preparation, and management of the departmentís annual budget; manage funds allocated to his/her command including expenditures, overtime management and annual review.

  • Be directly involved in strategic planning and policy development.

  • Coordinate the daily activities of the command through subordinate supervisors.

  • Establish and maintain proper staffing levels, and if necessary, research and prepare manpower allocation studies.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of departmental and individual command goals.

  • Will submit requests for disciplinary action for personnel under his/her command.

  • Attend standing village committee meetings and community meetings as required.

  • Serve as a member of the police department command staff.

  • Plan and review his or her commandís projects and work assignments.

  • Review and sign reports to ensure completeness and accuracy.

  • Identify his/her commandís training needs and monitor career development and training for staff.

  • Ensure all subordinates comply with policy and procedures, rules and regulations, established by the village and police department, including receiving and handling complaints from village residents and follow up to ensure that the proper action was taken.

  • Arrange facility inspections and improvements.

  • Review and approve performance appraisals for personnel under his/her command.

  • Receive and respond to grievances submitted by existing labor organizations representing employees from the police department.

  • Study needs, collect data, conduct research and submit completed reports (and/or written directives) with recommendations to the Chief of Police.

  • Write reports, memorandums, and letters as needed.

  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned.

  • Participate in job interviews.

  • Advise victims, witnesses, and offenders on legal procedures.

  • Attend labor management training, and participate in the collective bargaining process as requested.

  • May be asked to liaison with the Director of Human Resources.



  • Exposure to all and extreme weather conditions.

  • Exposure to varying light conditions: all and extreme lighting conditions, daylight and night light, with and without artificial light available, indoors and outdoors.

  • Exposure to fire, smoke, chemical leaks and spills: in close proximity, as necessary to provide emergency services.

  • Exposure to personal danger, including but not limited to armed and/or dangerous persons/animals; persons and/or articles having contagious or communicable diseases; hazards associated with natural and man-made disasters; the use and operation of electrical or microwave powered equipment, and hazards associated with emergency driving, vehicular surveillance, traffic control, and working in and around traffic.

  • Walk up and down flights of stairs/ladders, sit or stand for long periods of time.

  • Perform prolonged periods of concentration such as proof reading, figure work, and reading various law enforcement materials.

  • Function effectively under stress.

  • Make observations.

  • Read and write.

  • Understand, interpret, and apply applicable Federal and State statutes, local ordinances, court decisions, and department and Village rules and policies.

  • Understand and respond quickly, calmly, decisively, and accurately to written and oral directions, instructions, inquiries, and requests in all situations.

  • Work independently or as a team member effectively within the guidelines of standard operating procedures, department rules and regulations, and within the scope of authority for the position.

  • Foster appropriate intra and interagency communications.

  • Develop and utilize interpersonal skills.

  • Handle situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and impartially.

  • Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Record information clearly and completely.

  • Facilitate effective conflict arbitration/resolution.

  • Maintain confidentiality in the performance of duties.

  • Learn, display, and maintain all skills, knowledge, and abilities for performance of all duties and responsibilities, as established by the Chief of Police.

  • Accept constructive criticism in a mature fashion.

  • Effectively communicate and interact positively with fellow employees and citizens.

  • Recognize and tolerate stress.



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in law enforcement, management or related field.

  • Five (5) years responsible supervisory experience with preferably ten (10) years of law enforcement related experience in a law enforcement agency.

  • Possess a valid driverís license and obtain a valid Illinois state driverís license by the appointment date.

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word and knowledge of or ability to become proficient in Excel, and any other software that may be necessary to perform in this position.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police administration.

  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the department.

  • Knowledge of police records and their use in the solution of police problems.

  • Knowledge of budgetary, personnel, and general administrative principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated.

  • Ability to command respect of members of the department and direct, manage and supervise their work.

  • Ability to establish and maintain working relations with the community as a whole.

  • Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, accurate, and

  • comprehensive reports and recommendations.




The Police Commander must have the same ability to perform the full range of duties of a commissioned police officer. The employee may encounter emergency situations that require rapid evacuation of an area in order to avoid personal injury or to provide assistance to another individual, and must therefore have the physical ability to walk and run. He/she must have the dexterity to manipulate standard police related equipment. The employee must have the ability to conduct coherent voice communication in person as well as via portable radio and telephone.



Other requirements include:

  1. Ability to operate a motor vehicle, two-way radio (including from field situations), and to effectively operate radar equipment, breathalyzer, etc.

  2. Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures and to communicate orally and in writing.

  3. Overall stamina and ability to perform moderate to strenuous physical activity.

  4. Vision sufficient to perform all duties (corrective lenses may be utilized).

  5. Ability to hear alarms and audibly identify the presence of a danger or hazard.

  6. Maintain all skills required to meet state law enforcement certification.




The Village of Schaumburg has a competitive benefit package to include:


Section 125 cafeteria plan including health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, the retirement plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund or through the Police Pension Fund, (uniform allowance if sworn) paid holidays, paid vacation, and sick leave.





Candidate screening process may consist of an application review, skills testing, employability assessment, interviews, reference checks, and other job-related testing or verifications. Chosen candidates will be subject to a background and criminal history investigation, and qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug screen.




The Village of Schaumburg is an equal opportunity employer.











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