Running Head: ADMINISTRATOR
Administrator Challenges within the Police Department
University of Phoenix
December 3, 2011
The job requirements of a criminal justice administer in the United States can be extremely
demanding. The three foremost areas of criminal justice include the police, courts, and
corrections. As an administrator overseeing the police department would be indeed the hardest of
the three. Within a police department the chief of police would be the top administrator and in
command of administrating the departments policies to officers, detectives, and supporting staff.
This paper will discuss the roles of a chief of police and the negative and positive aspects he or
she may endure.
Administrator of a Police Department
As an administrator of a police department, the requirements are more than just ensuring the
officers follow the policies of that department. It requires the individual to be knowledgeable of
federal and state laws, budgets, and public relations and must be able to communicate in a
competent fashion in a written and oral manner and be a critical thinker. Other challenges a chief
of police can face are ensuring the officers are well trained and have the proper equipment to do
his or her job while out on patrol. A chief of police must be an ethical individual and an unbiased
Not fulfilling these requirements could result in a crisis situation within the
department. The police department is not the only place a crisis can occur when the chief of
police is not fulfilling his or her job as described in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The public tends to demand the chief of police to provide professional and cost-effective services
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