The Chief of Police is the Chief Executive Officer of the Department and the final departmental authority on all matters of policy, operations and discipline. The Chief of Police is appointed by and reports to the City Manager.
Organizational components/functions within the personal span of control of the Chief of Police are grouped by function, and include the following;
The police department is organized into two functional Divisions, Field Operations and Support Services.
The Executive Secretary serves in a confidential capacity
under the supervision of the Chief of Police.
By authority of the Code of the City of Dover, the Chief of Police has authority for the compilation and management of the budget and planning process for the police department.
Internal Affairs function:
The Chief of Police has final review and approval authority in matters of internal investigations and citizen complaint investigations
conducted by the department.
Citation and Awards committee:
The Chief of Police serves as the functional head of the Citation and Awards Committee, which was established to recognize and reward those members of the Dover Police Department and the civilian community, who distinguish themselves by their acts or conduct.
The Chief of Police has direct supervisory responsibility over the Legal/Investigations Bureau. The Legal/Investigations Bureau is comprised of the following functional components.
Special Investigations Unit:
The Special Investigations Bureau serves as the technical investigative branch of the police department. Investigative activities and services include major case investigations, organized crime and vice investigations, intelligence gathering activities, youth intervention and diversion services, evidence and crime scene management, antistalking unit investigations as well as property management services.
Legal/Victim Services Unit:
The legal/Victim Services Bureau provides District Court and M/V hearings related prosecutorial services, legal research and victim/witness advocacy services for the agency.
Drug Task Force Unit:
Officers assigned to the NH Attorney General’s drug task force serve in a regional drug investigative unit that works closely with 3 other state and federal drug investigative units in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire.