Mayor Charlie Wyatt

Officer Descriptions

Chief of Police (Colonel) 
The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the Police Department. As the chief executive office of The Boonville Police Department, the Chief of Police is responsible for the planning, efficient administration and operation of the Police Department under the authority of the City of Boonville. In this capacity, the Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of the ordinances of the City, and the laws of the state and nation for the purpose of protecting persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community. 

The Chief of Police is appointed by the Mayor of Boonville, is the Boonville Police Departments Liaison between the Mayor of Boonville and The Boonville Police Department, and attends the Boonville Board of Works meetings to keep that body informed about any issue related to the Department’s operations and to respond to citizens’ complaints or concerns. 

Also, the Chief of Police acts on all matters related to disciplinary issues of the Department’s sworn employees.

Assistant Chief of Police (Major)
The Assistant Chief of Police is the second highest rank in the Police Department and reports directly to the Chief of Police. 

The Assistant Chief is assigned as the commanding officer of major organizational components such as the Patrol Division and Investigations Division. These duties include; the scheduling of all road officers, supervisor of investigations and writing grants for the department to gain funding for equipment and training.  He works directly with the Chief of Police to better serve the community and fulfill their needs.  

In addition to carrying out specific division duties, the Assistant Chief may assume the duties of the Chief of Police in his absence and perform related functions in that capacity. 

The position of Detective is assigned to the Investigations Division.  A Detective is responsible for responding to the scenes of crimes, conducting preliminary and follow-up investigations, preparing the required investigative reports, apprehending the suspect, preparing the case for a successful prosecution, and testifying in court.  The Detective reports to The Assistant Chief.

Shift Supervisor (Lieutenant/Sergeant)
The position of shift supervisor within the Boonville Police Department is assigned to the patrol divisions. The Lieutenant is a Watch Commander during his/her tour of duty. In this capacity, the Lieutenant supervises officers on patrol; reviews and approves various types of reports; prepares and investigates personnel complaints; handles radio calls and also takes on the normal responsibilities of the patrolman.  The Lieutenant keeps the Chief and Assistant informed of issues of concern to them and answers directly to them.

School Resource / Dare Officer
The School Resource Officer reports to the Chief of Police.  He or she provide law enforcement and police services to the school, school grounds and areas adjacent to the school. Investigate allegations of criminal incidents per police department policies and procedures.  Enforce state and local laws and ordinances. The SRO makes appropriate referrals to juvenile authorities or other governmental agencies.

The SRO works to prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact and positive relationships with students.  In addition, the SRO shall develop crime prevention programs and conduct security inspections to deter criminal or delinquent activities. The SRO should monitor crime statistics and work with local patrol officers and students together to design crime prevention strategies.

Establish and maintain a close partnership with school administrators in order to provide for a safe school environment. Assist school officials with their efforts to enforce Board Of Education policies and procedures. Ensure school administrator safety by being present during school searches, which may involve weapons, controlled dangerous substances or in such cases that the student’s emotional state may present a risk to the administrator. Assist school administrators in emergency crisis planning and building security matters. Provide a course of training for school personnel in handling crisis situations, which may arise at the school. 

The SRO is visible within the school community. Attends and participates in school functions. They build working relationships with the school’s staff as well as with student and parent groups.  Work with guidance counselors and other student support staff to assist students and to provide services to students involved in situations where referrals to service agencies are necessary and assist in conflict resolution efforts.  Initiate interaction with students in the classroom and general areas of the school building. Promote the profession of police officer and be a positive role model. Increase the visibility and accessibility of police to the school community.

Patrol Officers form the backbone of the agency and have the most contact with the public. Officers assigned to Patrol are responsible for responding to calls for service from Boonville residents and businesses as well as conducting preliminary investigations of crimes. The patrol officer's duties encompass a broad range of responsibilities including preventive patrols of neighborhoods and businesses, interaction with the public to foster better community relations, answering calls for service, compiling incident reports, assisting persons in need, and taking enforcement action in matters related to their assignment. Patrol officers make the majority of arrests for the agency.