The Safety Officer (SO) reports directly to the Office of the Chief. The SO monitors workplace activities to ensure compliance with departmental policies and government safety regulations.
The duties of the SO vary and typically involves responsibilities pertaining to policy development, safety inspections, safety training, and compliance with the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, commonly known as OSHA. In addition, the SO works as a support officer for the Incident Commander when a critical incident occurs, in order to develop and recommend measures for assuring personnel safety. The SO monitors and/or anticipate daily hazardous and unsafe situations.