The Deputy Chief of Police is the second highest rank in the police department and reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Deputy Chief is assigned as the commanding officer of major organizational components such as the Patrol Division, Detective Division, Public Safety Communications, and Support Services Division. In addition to carrying out specific division duties, the Deputy Chief may assume the duties of the Chief of Police in his absence and perform related functions in that capacity. The Deputy Chief represents the department at community and business meetings to promote the department’s missions and goals in order to foster mutual trust between the community and the department.
In addition, the Deputy Chief acts as a Chief of Staff to the office of the Chief of Police and keeps the Police Chief informed of all operational activities on a day-to-day basis. The Deputy Chief, with the assistance of his Division Commanders, is the bridge between strategic initiatives and operational activities within the OPD. The primary goal of the Deputy Chief is to coordinate the activities of all police personnel providing services to the citizens of the city of Owensboro. The crime fighting strategies, the quality of life strategies and the investigative follow-up activities are presented, discussed and further refined at monthly Operational Command Staff meetings held by the Deputy Chief.