Chief of Staff
A Captain or Professional Staff equvilant is assigned as the Chief of Staff and serves as the principal staff officer to the Chief of Police. This position is responsible for oversight of the Executive Officer’s functions. The Chief of Staff represents the Chief of Police, as needed, on various boards and commissions and provides liaison duties with other City departments including the City Manager’s Office and the Intergovernmental Relations Office.
Office of Professional Standards
A captain and lieutenant are assigned as the commanders for the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) (formerally Office of Internal Affairs (OIA)) and reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Police. This office is charged with the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining members’ compliance with Department General Orders. OPS is an investigative body and is responsible for investigating concerns and complaints regarding employees of the agency. Those issues investigated by OPS or the involved members’ chain of command are reviewed by various levels of the chain of command, up to and including the Chief of Police. OPS is charged with the responsibility of insuring the integrity and professionalism of the police service provided to the citizens of the City of Tucson.
A Lieutenant is assigned as the Executive Officer and reports directly to the Chief of Staff. This position is responsible for managing projects, creating correspondance, provinding staff assistance to the Chief of Police, and is assigned as the commander of the Public Information Office and oversees the Honor Guard Unit.
The Public Information Office is commanded by the Executive Officer and consists of two sergeants. The sergeants serve as the department’s primary public information officers. They are responsible for acting as the points of contact for local, state, and national media outlets regarding inquiries about department investigations, activities, and policies.
The sergeants also respond to media request for public records, gathering department statistics for dissemination to the media, coordinating training of department personnel on media strategies and assisting the agency in crisis situations.