Agenda Item 7B
February 5, 2013
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Expedited Bill 4-13, Police Department - Organization and
Functions Assistant Chief of Police
Expedited Bill 4-13, Police Department - Organization and Functions Assistant Chief
of Police, sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, is
scheduled to be introduced on February 5. A Public Safety Committee worksession is tentatively
scheduled for February 7 and a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 12.
Bill 4-13 would amend the number of Assistant Chiefs of Police from three to four and
establish County Security as a Division of the Police Department. The Assistant Chief of Police
position was created in 2000 by Emergency Bill 2-00, Police Department - Reorganization. Bill
2-00 created 3 Assistant Chief of Police positions and abolished the positions of Police
Lieutenant Colonel and Police Major.
County Code §2-43 designates each Assistant Chief of Police position as non-merit.
lA-l 04(b )(2) requires each position designated in law as a non-merit position to
have a position description established by regulation under method
26-12AM would establish a position description for Assistant Chief of Police.
As described in the Executive's Transmittal memorandum dated January 16, 2013 (©5
6), the fourth Assistant Chief would manage a new Patrol Services Bureau (uniformed first
responders) created by dividing the current Field Services Bureau into 2 separate Bureaus. The
current Field Services Bureau houses 1,184 employees or approximately 63% of the Department.
The current organization chart for the Department is at ©13. The new Patrol Services Bureau
would include 893 employees and the Field Services Bureau would include 372 employees. The
proposed new Field Services Bureau together with the proposed new Patrol Services Bureau
would include 1265 employees because the Security Division that is currently part of the
Management Services Bureau would be moved to the new Field Services Bureau. The proposed
new Department organization chart with a fourth Assistant Chief is at © 11. The proposed new
organization chart showing the number of employees in each Bureau is at ©12.