Stepping stone agency
Police Department shares patrol and investigative responsibility with Montgomery County Police Department. MCPD handles follow-up on major crimes though City patrol may take initial report. MCPD also handles tactical operations though city patrol may assist on perimeter and traffic/crowd control.
There are few specialized positions. Traffic Unit is gone. Street Crimes was merged into investigations which handles burglaries, non-commercial robberies, background investigations, and some aggravated assaults,
Department does not participate in MCPD in-service training as do other county agencies, preferring "internal training" such as PERF de-escalation training.. Emphasis is on avoiding conflict and citizen complaints as discipline is strict.
Numerous newly promoted sergeants and lieutenants which will limit promotion unless more supervisory positions created.
Pay and benefits are initially very good, but do not remain competitive with other agencies as tenure increases.
Department's primary mission is competition with MCPD to show need for a separate city agency.
Liberal take-home cruiser policy due to limited parking at headquarters and city hall.
Limited opportunities for specialized positions and promotions.