:: Guest post from Justin Fenton ::

Want to work in law enforcement?


How about working as the third-highest-ranking member of the Baltimore Police Department, overseeing the homicide unit and crime lab? Well, job hunters, you're in luck, as the department has posted an ad for chief of its Criminal Investigations Division on Craigslist.org.

The job is posted in the government jobs section of the site, and police officials say they have used the site before to try to reach as broad an audience as possible. Of course, chief of detectives is hardly a job that a broad range of people have the chops for, but the move is in step with the department's vow to look both inside and outside of the agency to replace Col. John Bevilacqua, who retired earlier this year.

The job is one of the most high-profile in the department, overseeing the venerable homicide unit; district detectives, who investigate shootings, robberies and aggravated assaults; the special investigations section, which investigates child abuse, missing persons and sex offenses; and the crime lab.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department turned to the online classified web site to reach the "largest range of qualified people that we can" but also in hopes of finding someone who is tech savvy. "Part of being chief of detectives is that you're up to the latest and greatest," noting that the Internet has become an increasingly more useful tool for police. He specifically cited Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. "All of that stuff is not reserved for high school teens anymore."

(Aside: Does this mean that the next chief of CID better have on his resume that he's seen "Chocolate Rain" on Youtube and is following Ashton Kutcher on Twitter?)

Some inside the department were surprised that the department hasn't promoted someone in-house for the job. Col. Dean Palmere, who oversees the elite Violent Crimes Impact Division in East, West and Northwest Baltimore, has been pulling double-duty as acting CID chief.

"We want the best person for the job, whether he's from here or from another city and bring the best practices," Guglielmi said.