Command Structure

            In the command structure of the Police Department of Albany, the whole organization is headed by the chief of police. As chief of police, he handles all affairs and all immediate officers report to him. As chief of police, he is directly responsible to the Deputy Chief of Police, Community Liaison and the Administrative Staff. Notably¸ the Community Liaison and the Administrative Staff are non-sworn members while the deputy is a sworn member. The chief of police exercises direct command on these three positions or departments.

            The Deputy of Chief of Police is another command staff. Under his direct command are the Assistant Chief of Police for Operations, Assistant Chief of Police for night command, and Criminal Investigation. The Deputy Chief of Police delegates some of his power to his assistants in case of his absence. The Criminal Investigation also directly report to the Deputy Chief of Police. Meanwhile the Criminal Investigation is responsible for the investigation of both criminal and non-criminal cases at the University of Albany (University at Albany, 2008). The Criminal Investigation also handles the Police Patrol Division. In order to effectively carry out its responsibility, the Criminal Investigation is closely works with the surrounding law enforcement agencies (University at Albany, 2008). Furthermore, the Criminal Investigation also performs pre- employment investigation of the employees in the Department (University at Albany, 2008). In line with these duties and responsibilities, the Criminal Investigation Unit also makes policy researches and drafts that would be necessary in guiding the function department (University at Albany, 2008).

Under the Assistant Chief of Police is the Captain who is responsible for police supervision. The Captain, however, depends on the Lieutenants who directly reports to him. The Lieutenants, on the other hand, has direct control over the Police Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, Security Supervisors, and Communications Unit. The Lieutenants exercises direct supervision over the departments or units who directly carry out the responsibilities of the police department.

The Police Patrol Division works with K-9 Units. This joint force of the police and K-9 units is evident during investigations on crimes related to drugs, bomb, and terrorism, among others.  The Police Department has unique functions so as with the K-9 Units. Moreover, these two departments are sworn members while the Security Supervisors and Communications Unit are non-sworn members. The Security Supervisors are tasked to ensure the security of the university. They are in the direct performance of police department’s duty of securing the University. On the other hand, the Communications Unit is tasked to provide communication services between and among the Police Departments of the State University on New York campuses (University at Albany, 2008). Some of their responsibilities include acting as dispatchers, 911 operators, and as desk officers. Being in-charge of communications, the Unit is provided with radio and broadcast equipments, computers, televisions, and electronic security system (University at Albany, 2008).

Finally, under the Security Supervisors are Security Services Divisions. Notably, the University has a considerable wide territory. In order that security is ensured, different posts are established with each having Security Services Divisions. These divisions directly reports to the Security Supervisors. The Supervisors will report directly to Lieutenants.

To sum up, the command structure of the University Police Department is organized. From the very head, deputies have been provided to reach the lowest level and to effectively carry out the department’s mission. Furthermore, there is no redundancy of responsibilities because each department functions independently.


University at Albany. (2008). Command Structure. Retrieved October 27, 2008, from

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