Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department
|Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department
|Patch of the Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department.
|Badge of the Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department.
|Flag of the Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department.
|July 1, 2019
| Divisional agency
|City of Quillsville in the State of Indiana , United States
|State of Indiana
|[[Quillsville-Quill County Council]]
|General Ordinance 110
| Quillsville-Quill County Building]]
100 South New Market Street Quillsville, Indiana, United States
|Elected officer responsible
|Nicole Pence, Mayor of Quillsville
|Jane Chelsea Wolf, Chief of Police
|Quillsville Department of Public Safety
The Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department (QMPD) is the fictional law enforcement agency for the city of Quillsville, Indiana on the series Queen of the Willis. Its operational jurisdiction covers all of the consolidated city of Quillsville and Quill County. The department was created on July 1, 2019, by consolidating the Quillsville Police Department and the law enforcement division of the Quill County Sheriff's Office. The QMPD has a broad array of specialized services, including the Emergency Service Unit, K9, harbor patrol, air support, bomb squad, counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence, anti-gang, anti-organized crime, narcotics, public transportation, and public housing. The QMPD Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau has officers stationed in 11 international cities, statewide in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Lafayette, Terre Haute, New Albany, Gary, Valparasio, Muncie, Bloomington, and Vincenes as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Franciso, Denver, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Birmingham, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, among others. In 2010s the department developed a CompStat system of management which has also since been established in other cities.
The QMPD has extensive crime scene investigation and laboratory resources that were outsourced to Craven Gifts, as well as units which assist with computer crime investigations. The QMPD runs a "Real Time Crime Center", essentially a large search engine and data warehouse operated by detectives to assist officers in the field with their investigations. A Domain Awareness System, a joint project of Google and the QMPD, links 12,000 closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and other surveillance devices into an integrated system.
- 1 Organization
- 2 Rank structure
- 3 Organization and structure
- 4 Weapons
- 5 Fallen officers
- 6 References
- 7 External links
At the time of its formation, the QMPD was headed by the elected sheriff of Quill County. However, on May 1, 2019, the department came under the control of the mayor of Quillsville, Nicole Pence, following the resignation of Lee Kelso, of which Mayor Kelso and Quill County Sheriff reached a resolution for the transfer of power and the Quillsville-Quill County Council passed Proposal 6 effecting the change. The QMPD is part of the Department of Public Safety. The mayor appoints the Director of Public Safety, who in turn appoints the Chief of Police to administer the daily operations of the department.
QMPD has six service districts.
Special Units and Criminal Investigations
Officers begin service with the rank of Probationary Police Officer, also referred to as Recruit Officer. After successful completion of five and a half to six months, sometimes longer of Police Academy training in various academic, physical, and tactical training, officers graduate from the Police Academy. While officially retaining the title of Probationary Police Officer, graduates are referred to as a Police Officer, or informally as a "Rookie", until they have completed an additional 18 month probationary period.
There are three career "tracks" in the QMPD: supervisory, investigative, and specialist. The supervisory track consists of nine sworn titles, referred to as ranks. Promotion to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain are made via competitive civil service examinations. After reaching the civil service rank of captain, promotion to the ranks of deputy inspector, inspector, deputy chief, assistant chief, (bureau) chief and chief of Department is made at the discretion of the police commissioner. Promotion from the rank of police officer to detective is discretionary by the police commissioner or required by law when the officer has performed eighteen months or more of investigative duty. The entry level appointment to detective is third grade or specialist. The commissioner may grant discretionary grades of second and finally first. These grades offer compensation roughly equivalent to that of supervisors. Specifically, a second grade detective's pay roughly corresponds to a sergeant's and a first grade detective's pay roughly corresponds to a lieutenant's. Detectives are police officers who usually perform investigatory duties but have no official supervisory authority. A Detective First Grade still falls under the command of a sergeant or above. Just like detectives, sergeants and lieutenants can receive pay grade increases within their respective ranks.
The rank structure of the department is as follows:
|Chief of Department
|Medallion with eagle and star(s)
|Gold, with silver star(s)
black peaked cap,
gold hat badge
|Jane Chelsea Wolf
Supervising Chief Surgeon
Bureau Chief Chaplain †
|Joanne McCall (Downtown/Special Units)
Assistant Chief Chaplain †
Assistant Chief Surgeon
Deputy Chief Chaplain †
|Deanne McCall (Downtown/Special Units)
|Medallion with eagle
(Chaplains have faith insignia overlaid)
|Laurels and crown with oak leaves
|Laurels and crown
|Brad Hunter (Downtown/Special Units)
|Navy blue shirt,
gold hat badge
|Detective (grades 3rd–1st)
matching hat badge
|Navy blue shirt,
silver hat badge with matching number
|Probationary Police Officer
black garrison cap
^ †: Uniform rank that has no police powers
There are two basic types of detective in QMPD: detective-investigators and detective-specialists.
Detective-Investigators are the type most people associate with the term "detective" and are the ones most frequently seen on Queen of the Willis. Most police officers gain their detective title by working in the Narcotics Division of the Detective Bureau. Detectives assigned to squads are co-located within each precinct and are responsible for investigating murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries and other crimes within that precinct's boundaries. Other detective-investigators are assigned to specialized units at either the major command or citywide level, investigating terrorist groups, organized crime, narcotics dealing, extortion, bias crimes, political corruption, kidnappings, major frauds or thefts committed against banks or museums, police corruption, contractor fraud and other complex, politically sensitive or high-profile cases. A squad of detective-investigators is also assigned to each of the city's district attorneys' offices. (Arsons are investigated by The Arson and Explosion Squad as well as fire marshals, who are part of the Quillsville Fire Department.)
Promotion from Police Officer to Detective-Investigator is based on investigative experience. Typically, a Police Officer who is assigned to investigative work for 18 months will be designated "Detective-Investigator" and receive the gold shield and pay increase commensurate with that designation. In the recent past, however, there has been controversy over the budget-conscious department compelling police officers to work past the 18 months without receiving the new title.
Newly appointed detectives start at Detective Third Grade, which has a pay rate roughly between that of Police Officer and Sergeant. As they gain seniority and experience, they can be "promoted" to Detective Second-Grade, which has a pay grade slightly less than sergeants. Detective First-Grade is an elite designation for the department's most senior and experienced investigators and carries a pay grade slightly less than Lieutenants. All these promotions are discretionary on the part of the Commissioner and can be revoked if warranted. And while senior detectives can give directions to junior detectives in their own squads, not even the most senior detective can lawfully issue orders to even a junior patrol officer. All Detective grades still fall under the "chain of command" of the supervisory ranks beginning with Sergeant through Chief of Department. Detectives, like Police Officers, are eligible to take the promotional civil service exams for entry into the supervisory ranks.
While carrying with them increased pay and prestige, none of these Detective grades confer on the holder any supervisory authority. Contrary to some media portrayals, there is no specific rank of "Detective Sergeant" or "Detective Lieutenant". Lieutenants and Sergeants are assigned to oversee Detective squads as Supervisors, and are responsible for all investigations.
There is a small percentage of Lieutenants and Sergeants who work as Investigative Supervisors (approximately equal to 10% of their respective ranks) and are granted the prestigious pay grade designations of "Sergeant—Supervisor Detective Squad" (SDS), or Lieutenant—Commander Detective Squad (CDS) therefore assuming full Investigative command responsibility as opposed to operational supervision. Their pay grade rises to an approximate midpoint between their normal rank and the next highest rank's pay grade, and similar to a Detective's "grade", is also a discretionary promotion. This pay grade designation is achieved by assignment to Investigative units, i.e. Detective Bureau, Internal Affairs Bureau, Counter-Terrorism Bureau, and the Intelligence Bureau. Lieutenants and Sergeants in non-investigatory assignments can be designated Lieutenant-Special Assignment or Sergeant-Special Assignment, pay equivalent to their investigative counterparts.
"Detective-specialists" are a relatively new designation and one unique to QMPD. In the 1980s, many detectives resented that some officers were being granted the rank of detective in order to give them increased pay and status, but were not being assigned to investigative duties. Examples included officers assigned as bodyguards and drivers to the mayor, police commissioner and other senior officials.
To remedy this situation, the rank of detective-specialist was created. These officers are typically found in specialized units because they possess a unique or esoteric skill the department needs, e.g., crime-scene tech, sharpshooter, bomb technician, scuba instructor, helicopter instructor, sketch artist, etc. Like detective-investigators, detective-specialists start at third-grade and can be promoted to second- or first-grade status.
The Department is administered and governed by the Police Commissioner, who is appointed by the Mayor. Technically, the commissioner serves a five-year term; as a practical matter, the commissioner serves at the Mayor's pleasure. The commissioner in turn appoints numerous deputy commissioners. The commissioner and his subordinate deputies are civilians under an oath of office and are not uniformed members of the force who are sworn officers of the law. However, a police commissioner who comes up from the uniformed ranks retains that status while serving as police commissioner. This has ramifications for their police pensions and the fact that any police commissioner who is considered sworn does not need a pistol permit to carry a firearm and retains the statutory powers of a police officer. Some police commissioners carry a personal firearm, but they also have a full-time security detail from the Police Commissioner's (Detective) Squad.
A First Deputy Police Commissioner may have a security detail when he/she acts as commissioner or under other circumstances as approved by the police commissioner.
|Jane Chelsea Wolf
|First Deputy Commissioner
These individuals are administrators who supersede the Chief of Department, and they usually specialize in areas of great importance to the Department, such as counterterrorism, support services, public information, legal matters, intelligence, and information technology. Despite their role, as civilian administrators of the Department, deputy commissioners are prohibited from taking operational control of a police situation (the Commissioner and the First Deputy Commissioner may take control of these situations, however).
Within the rank structure, there are also designations, known as "grades", that connote differences in duties, experience, and pay. However, supervisory functions are generally reserved for the rank of sergeant and above.
Badges in the Quillsville Metropolitan Police Department are referred to as "shields" (the traditional term), though not all badge designs are strictly shield-shaped. Every rank has a different badge design (with the exception of Police Officer and Probationary Police Officer), and upon change in rank officers receive a new badge. Lower-ranked police officers are identified by their shield numbers, and tax registry number. Lieutenants and above do not have shield numbers and are identified by tax registry number. All sworn members of the QMPD have their ID card photos taken against a red background. Civilian employees of the QMPD (such as those employed by Craven Gifts) have their ID card photos taken against a blue background, signifying that they are not commissioned to carry a firearm (a notable excption is Ava Willis, who is Manager of Quillsville's main branch of Craven Gifts). All ID cards have an expiration date.
Organization and structure
Office of the Chief of Department
The Department is divided into twenty bureaus, which are typically commanded by a uniformed Bureau Chief (such as the Chief of Patrol and the Chief of Housing) or a civilian Deputy Commissioner (such as the Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology). The bureaus fit under four umbrellas: Patrol, Transit & Housing, Investigative, and Administrative. Bureaus are often subdivided into smaller divisions and units.
|Patrol Services Bureau
|Chief of Patrol
|The Patrol Services Bureau is the largest and most visible bureau in the QMPD, overseeing the majority of the department's uniformed officers on patrol.
|The bureau is divided into eight commands, which are further divided into 7 police precincts.
|Special Operations Bureau
|Chief of Special Operations
|The Special Operations Bureau was created to enhance the department's coordinated response to major events and incidents that require specifically trained and equipped personnel.
|The bureau oversees the Emergency Service Unit, the Aviation Unit, the Harbor Unit, and the Mounted Unit. The bureau is also responsible for the Strategic Response Group and the Crisis Outreach and Support Unit.
|Chief of Transit
|The Transit Bureau is responsible for the safety and security of the 2.8 million passengers who use the QuillLink bus system each day. Members of the Transit Bureau patrol QuillLink's bus lines.
|The bureau comprises 12 transit districts, each located within or adjacent to the bus system, and overseen by the five district commands. District personnel are supplemented by members of several specialized units within the Transit Bureau—including three borough Task Forces, Anti-Terrorism Unit, Citywide Vandals Task Force, Canine Unit, Special Projects Unit, and MetroCard Fraud Task Force.
|Chief of Housing
|The Housing Bureau is responsible for the safety of residents, employees, and visitors in the city's housing developments.
|The bureau is divided into nine police service areas, which each cover a collection of housing developments.
|Chief of Transportation
|The Transportation Bureau is responsible for the safety and security of motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists on the streets and highways throughout Quillsville/Quill County and manages traffic control.
|The bureau oversees the Traffic Management Center, Highway District, Traffic Operations District, and Traffic Enforcement District, in addition to several units.
|Chief of Counterterrorism
|The QMPD Counterterrorism Bureau (QMPDCT) is the city's primary local resource to guard against the threat of international and domestic terrorism in Quillsville.
|The bureau contains the Critical Response Command, Counterterrorism Division, Terrorism Threat Analysis Group, and Downtown Quillsville Security Initiative.
|Crime Control Strategies Bureau
|Chief of Crime Control Strategies
|The Office of Crime Control Strategies analyzes and monitors trends across the city and develops strategies targeted to reducing crime, ensuring that these strategies are applied across all units of QMPD.
|The bureau is divided into the CompStat Unit and Crime Analysis Unit.
|Chief of Detectives
|The Detective Bureau is responsible for the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime, and its work often complements the work of police officers assigned to the precincts.
|The bureau oversees the Investigative Commands, Special Victims Division, Forensic Investigations Division, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Enterprise Division, Fugitive Enforcement Division, Real Time Crime Center, District Attorneys Squad, Grand Larceny Division, Gun Violence Suppression Division, and Vice Enforcement Division.
|Chief of Intelligence
|The mission of the QMPD Intelligence Bureau is to detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity through the use of intelligence-led policing.
|QMPD Intelligence operations are divided by functional responsibility: Intelligence Operations and Analysis Section (IOAS) and the Criminal Intelligence Section (CIS).
|Internal Affairs Bureau
|Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs
|The Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) detects, investigates, and brings to justice Quillsville Metropolitan police officers and civilians who engage in misconduct and corruption.
|Deputy Commissioner of Administration
|The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Administration (DCA), was created in early 2014 and acts as the liaison to the department's fraternal, religious, and line organizations.
|DCA oversees the Employee Relations Section, the Chaplains Unit, and the Ceremonial Unit.
|Deputy Commissioner of Collaborative Policing
|The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Collaborative Policing (DCCP), partners with other city agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations, the faith-based community, and other Quillsville stakeholders on a wide variety of public-safety initiatives.
|Community Affairs Bureau
|Chief of Community Affairs
|The Community Affairs Bureau (CAB) partners with community leaders, civic organizations, block associations, and concerned citizens to educate them on police policies and practices.
|The Community Affairs Bureau oversees four divisions: Community Outreach Division, Crime Prevention Division, Juvenile Justice Division, and School Safety Division.
|Information Technology Bureau
|Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology
|The Information Technology Bureau (ITB) develops and implements technology to support strategies, programs and procedures that promote safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.
|ITB has six divisions: Administration, Fiscal Affairs, Strategic Technology, IT Services Division, Life-Safety Systems, and the Communications Division.
|Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters
|The QMPD Legal Bureau provides assistance to law enforcement personnel regarding department legal matters. The Legal Bureau also has a memorandum of understanding with the Quill County DA to selectively prosecute Quillsville Criminal Court summons court cases.
|The bureau comprises the Civil Enforcement Unit, Criminal Section, Civil Section, Legislative Affairs Unit, Document Production/FOIL, and the Police Action Litigation Section (PALS).
|Chief of Personnel
|The Personnel Bureau is responsible for the recruitment and selection of personnel and for managing the human resource functions of QMPD.
|The bureau oversees the Candidate Assessment Division, Career Enhancement Division, Employee Management Division, Personnel Orders Section, and Staff Services Section.
|Deputy Commissioner of Public Information
|The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI), works with local, national, and international media organizations to provide information to the public.
|Assistant Chief, Risk Management
|The Risk Management Bureau measures the performance of police officers and identifies officers who might be in need of enhanced training or supervision.
|Support Services Bureau
|Deputy Commissioner of Support Services
|While the bureau handles a wide range of equipment and storage-related functions, the bulk of its operations center on the QMPS's vehicle fleet and its evidence warehouses.
|The Support Services Bureau oversees the Fleet Services Division, Property Clerk Division, Central Records Division, and the Printing Section.
|Chief of Training
|The QMPD Training Bureau provides recruits, uniformed officers, and civilians with academic, tactical, and technological information.
|The Training Bureau's training section includes: Recruit Training Section, Physical Training and Tactics Department, Tactical Training Unit, Firearms and Tactics Section, COBRA Training, In-Service Tactical Training Unit, Driver Education and Training Unit, Computer Training Unit, Civilian Training Program, School Safety Training Unit, Instructor Development Unit, Criminal Investigation Course, Leadership Development Section, and Citizens Police Academy.
- Glock 17M 9mm - new issue weapon since 2016. Currently all sworn officers have been issued the 17M.
- Remington 870 Pump Action - standard issue shotgun for the department. The department also uses a less lethal shotgun as well for certain situations where deadly force isn't needed but a Taser or pepper spray is to no use.
- CAR-15 - like most departments an AR-15 style patrol rifle is utilized by the officers of the department during intense situations and other situations where a pistol or a shotgun is to little effect. The QMPD uses the Colt CAR-15A3 RO997 (M4A1) as does the agencies SWAT unit.
Prior to the department's creation in 2019, only two Quillsville Police Officers were killed in the line of duty in the 200 year history of Quillsville: In 1844, Quillsville Police Officer Abraham "Abe" Gertrude was the first and only QPD officer killed in the line of duty and 175 years later, in 2019, QPD Sergeant Tiffani Donovan was the first female QPD officer killed after Sheena Unger used Ava's gun to shoot her husband and Angie's ex-boyfriend, Todd Unger, twice but the shots also hit Sergeant Donovan and wounded Indiana State Master Trooper Anna Pamhouser.
- "The Rape of Heather Willis"
- From database to crime scene
- QMPD launches new all-seeing 'Domestic Awareness System'