The Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police are responsible for strategic planning, organizing and directing department operations, working with the city manager, city council and citizens to ensure peace and public safety. They also serve as media contacts, initiate and supervise community outreach events, represent the department at community functions, and work with community groups to shape a collective vision of policing. They also maintain intergovernmental relationships with other regional law enforcement agencies, first responders, homeland security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.