Office of the Police Commissioner

Office of the Police Commissioner

The Police Commissioner is the Executive Head of the Department and is responsible for the management, planning, direction and control of the Department. In addition to the Police Commissioner\’s administrative and support staff and the Unit(s) listed below, the Offices and Bureaus which report directly to the Police Commissioner are: the Office of the Superintendent-in-Chief, the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Bureau of Professional Standards, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Office of the Legal Advisor, the Office of Labor Relations and Staff Inspections.


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Office of the Chief of Staff

Assists the Police Commissioner with policy and planning issues and with on-going operations of events, projects, and the Department’s goals and initiatives.


Office of Research and Development
Acquires and manages external funding for the Department; conducts research, development, and evaluation of crime prevention and intervention programming; assists in crime analysis and acts as a clearinghouse for crime statistics for the Department; conducts Department wide performance measurement and benchmarking; and acts as a liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement, community and governmental entities.
Dignitary Protection Unit
Provides security and protection for the Office of the Mayor and the Office of the Police Commissioner, and visiting dignitaries and guests of those two offices.


Office of the Legal Advisor

This Office formulates legal opinions and provides legal perspectives on policy matters. Also, provides legal advice to members of the Department; represents the Department in selected civil litigation; presents cases where disciplinary charges are brought against Department employees; defends the Department in employment related matters.

Office of Administrative Hearings

This Office has primary responsibility for managing the schedule of hearings, ruling on pre- and post-hearing motions, and conducting pre-hearing conferences and disciplinary trial boards.