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The Agriculture (Agri) Law Enforcement Chief is a fully certified law enforcement officer responsible for overseeing all law enforcement activities and issues and coordinating

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state travel and exposure to extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and potentially hazardous and/or dangerous conditions are required. Carrying and operating a firearm are required in the performance of job duties.

Typical Functions:

Supervisesmedium-sized staff ofofficers and County Rangers by interviewing, hiring, assigning/reviewing work, training, and monitoring/ evaluating the job performance of subordinates. Ensures the department conforms to Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Coordinates the investigation of criminal cases; assigns cases to subordinates and reviews/approves investigative results and reports; testifies in court as needed. Develops, implements, and revises department policy. Trains staff in proper police work and investigation procedures. Requisitions and issues equipment and supplies. Prepares budgets and manages expenditures of department funds. Meets with educational and community groups to discuss law enforcement subjects. Serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for emergency service functions of the Arkansas Agriculture Department by responding to all emergency functions and serving as the agency contact for all other federal, state and local emergency agencies. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of principles and practices of the Arkansas Criminal Justice system. Knowledge of the state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to law enforcement standards and training. Knowledge of investigative techniques and crime scene processing. Knowledge of fire prevention and suppression methods. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to human resource, budgeting, accounting, purchasing and asset management. Ability to work with the general public, other law enforcement personnel, and government officials. Ability to prepare and present training courses and educational programs and materials. Ability to maintain detailed court-ready records and testify in court. Ability to pass physical fitness testing. Ability to maintain logs, prepare reports, and direct the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records. Ability to work under stressful situations. Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of others. Skill in the use of firearms, photography equipment, surveillance equipment, computers, audio equipment, and other law enforcement/training tools and aids.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field; plus six years of experience (Advanced Certification) or nine years of experience (Senior Certification) in law enforcement, with three years of experience in investigations and/or surveillance activities, including two years in managerial or supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Must be currently certified as an advanced or senior law enforcement officer by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-101 through 12-9-109. Must successfully complete required courses offered by the Criminal Justice Institute or the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training and qualify annually with use of firearms. Must be a U.S. citizen and at least twenty-one (21) years of age. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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