The International Association of Chiefs of Police is assisting the City of Bridgeport, CT, in conducting an open competitive examination for the Bridgeport Police Department’s next Chief of Police.

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to  The deadline to apply is July 14, 2022.


The City of Bridgeport encompasses 16 square miles with an estimated population of 148,000. The City of Bridgeport is located on the northern shore of the Long Island Sound, approximately 60 miles northeast of New York City and 60 miles southwest of Hartford. The City is the crossroads of one of the best land, sea, rail, and air transportation systems in the State.

The Chief of Police is responsible for leading, developing, managing, administering, and supervising the police operations for the Bridgeport residents. The Mayor appoints the Police Chief to a 5-year term which can be renewed for one additional 5-year term. The Board of Police Commissioners establishes departmental policies, goals, and objectives; reviews and approves rules and regulations as recommended by the Chief of Police, and conducts hearings concerning officer disciplinary actions which involve citizen complaints investigated by Internal Affairs.

The Bridgeport Police Department is currently staffed by 300 sworn officers and 81 civilian employees with an optimal staffing level of 410 officers. The current budget is about $107.1 million.


The next Chief of Police for the Bridgeport Police Department should be community-focused, capable of working effectively in a fast-paced environment, and experienced in building and maintaining broad coalitions of support.  The City of Bridgeport requires that the Chief of Police become a resident and registered voter in Bridgeport within one year of appointment (Chapter 2, Section 2), and maintain residency for the duration of appointment to the position.

Comprehensive and global perspective knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and equipment employed in modern police administration
Ability and capacity to be adaptive and flexible, responsive to all concerns, accessible and approachable, transformational in leadership, and a creative, astute problem-solver
Possess an understanding of robust internal and external accountability systems
Develop a comprehensive internal wellness strategy with an emphasis on total wellness, including physical and mental health wellness in conjunction with the Director of Labor Relations or his/her designee (i.e., Benefits Manager)
Ability to work closely with labor unions and to effectively manage these important workplace relationships
Commitment to training and professional standards
State a clear vision of and goals for success for the organization and develop and execute a strategic plan to achieve desired outcomes
Strong decision-making skills to be able to make the right decision quickly within established guidelines and protocols
Budgeting and business acumen, detail-oriented with a strong understanding of report writing and accounting practices and principles
Strong crisis resolution ability to be able to resolve any disputes between the community and employees, and between employees themselves
Review the organizational structure of the department with the goal of developing a strong executive leadership team and enhancing the flow of information through the ranks
Establish a leadership development process to develop the next generation of leaders – starting with investment in first-line supervisors
Develop a strategy to increase hiring and retention
Proven experience working with groups containing members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to foster a greater appreciation for diversity, equality, and inclusion in the department
Have a strong understanding of and experience with technology and analytical-based decision-making
Excellent communications skills, including the ability to speak effectively to a wide range of people and groups, to write well, engage and establish a rapport with subject(s) and actively listen
Involved, approachable and visible within and across the department and in the community
Understands, supports, and can enact the tenets of the “Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing” in America
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and equipment employed in fair, just, respectful, safe, and effective policing
Hold self and others to the values of integrity, transparency, proactivity, innovation, equity, accountability, compassion, excellence, and responsiveness
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain positive external community relationships and internal relationships within the department and across City departments
Commitment to equitably serve and work with all spectrums of a multi-racial, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse community


Ten (10) years of urban law enforcement experience with a minimum of five (5) years of command experience (command experience is equivalent to a position that has a span of control equal to authority over a department or division within a law enforcement department).
Operation and management experience must be in a law enforcement agency that serves a community population of 80,000 or above and a community population with a minimum of 25% minority population.


Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:

Successful advanced professional education (e.g., a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in criminal justice or any closely related public policy/social science area (e.g., public policy, public administration, public safety)
Commitment to continued professional development such as recent attendance at the FBI National Academy or PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)
Proven successful labor-management experience.

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