Under direction of the Chief of Police, the Planning and Research Section conducts and participates in research and evaluation analyses of programs, policies and procedures for the improvement of law enforcement operations. Additionally, the section is responsible for seeking out funding resources for law enforcement personnel and equipment through preparation and submission of grant applications. Frequent professional contact with officials of other city departments, public individuals and other groups is an essential function of the section. Other duties include administrative tasks regularly assigned by the Chief of Police.