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The chief executive in law enforcement has many titles. In most municipalities, the title is chief of police and the position is usually appointed by a city manager or mayor with the concurrence of the city council; in counties, it is sheriff and is an elected position; in state organizations such as highway patrols, it may be colonel and appointed by the governor. Other titles such as commissioner or superintendent may be used, mostly in large organizations. Irrespective of which title is used, the chief executive officer is responsible for the total operation of a law enforcement agency. This entry examines the indispensable role of the police chief executive in developing, implementing, and maintaining community policing and problem solving, some impediments police chief executives may ...

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