Many, if not all, of the policies identified, have been in place since the Police Division became a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited law enforcement agency in 1993. Since that time, the Police Division is continually reviewing, analyzing, updating, and revising these policies based on best practices, proven techniques, revisions in the law, and community input.

The Police Division is led by the Chief of Police, with a Deputy Chief of Police as second in command. The Division falls under the Safety Department and an appointed civilian department head - all under the oversight of the Mayor as conservator of the peace. In Bowling Green, the Safety Director has traditionally been the Municipal Administrator.