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Director Of Public Safety / Chief Of Police

Big Rapids, MI, USA | Ferris State University

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Leads the University’s team of public safety staff to provide safety, security, and protection for the entire FSU Big Rapids community. Directs, manages, and implements a comprehensive crime prevention, complaint investigation, emergency response, law enforcement and parking services program in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations emphasizing a community policing philosophy to ensure public safety in the university community. Reports to the Vice President of Administration and Finance. 

Position Type: Staff  

Required Education: BA degree and MCOLES certification required or the ability to obtain within 90 days.  

Required Work Experience: At least eight years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in law enforcement or security. 

Required Licenses and Certifications: Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified or certifiable within 90 days of hire. 

Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: *Successful completion of police staff and command, FBI or equivalent training/experience preferred.

*Experience working in higher ed or similar environments, preferred.  

Duties/Responsibilities: *Administration and coordination of a Public Safety program with University staff, faculty, students, and visitors

*Plans and develops policing policies and procedures for crime prevention, law enforcement, and safety and security services.

*Responsible for the direction of all police activities, utilizing modern approaches and technology for conducting police activity.

*Develops and implements programs which maintain the trust of the community and creates a positive relationship within the department.

*Develops and implements short and long-range strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the Department.

*Provides a commitment to interactive engagement to encourage confidence and trust with students, parents, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities.

*Develops programs to recruit a diverse population of staff with the skills, talents, and personalities to excel at servicing on a college campus.

*Pursuant to University policies and procedures partner with Human Resources to recruit, select, train, evaluate and discipline of law enforcement officers, administrative, managerial and support staff.

*Develops or revises departmental policies and procedures; maintains relevant plans to reflect changes in laws and law enforcement.

*Implements and maintains plans for compliance with state and federal regulations.

*Maintains liaison with state and local police and governmental agencies.

*Plans and directs the administrative, operational, and budget activities of the department.

*Maintains fiscal responsibility in the creation and management of the department budget.

*Ensures the use of the most current technology available to provide police services and provides in-service training to our department members on the use and capabilities of the technology.

*Provides advice and guidance to executive management, the campus Emergency

Management team, and the university community regarding law enforcement, safety and security programs, emergency management and emergency response.

*Directly supports university emergency preparedness; coordinates planning with city, county, and state civil defense authorities.

*Oversees all aspects of the Annual Campus Safety Report as required under the Clery Act of 1990.

*Apprises the University President, the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services and other key university personnel of serious incidents or other matters requiring special action or input.

*Directs departmental public relations activities to ensure the provision of accurate and timely information to the university community and external agencies.

*Partners with University Communications regarding announcements and messaging.

*Actively communicates with members of the department staff, university personnel and students to discuss topics related to public safety.

*Serves as liaison with internal and external public pertaining to law enforcement, crime prevention, security, emergency preparedness, parking and traffic regulations, and public safety.

*Develops, implements, directs, and effectively communicates parking and traffic regulations; directs enforcement, including the issuance and management of citations.

*Issues, prepares, and approves all traffic control orders for the university.

*Directs safety and security inspections of university facilities and infrastructure, and communicates areas requiring corrective or preventive actions.

*Serves as a member, advisor or chair of various university and community committees.

*Participate in the collective bargaining process, as requested.

*Responsible for the investigation and determination of all complaints against DPS personnel

*Serve as the University Emergency Management Coordinator

*Evaluate crime statistics and trends and react with appropriate strategies

*Plan and coordinate Public Safety efforts at University functions

*Coordinate special investigations and services as needed

*Coordinate and execute required reporting to all external agencies

*Ensure that all University policies and federal, state, and local laws and ordinances are enforced and adhered to

*Responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of designated University and law enforcement information.

*Other duties as assigned. 

Skills and Abilities: *Strong demonstrated leadership ability, collaborative decision making and enthusiasm for teamwork, communication, and high performance.

*Demonstrated commitment to community policing and service-orientated policing.

*Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to be persuasive and successfully related to a variety of groups inside and outside of the university.

*Proven commitment to working collaboratively across all levels and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners.

*Demonstrated extensive working knowledge of law enforcement operations, facility security, crime prevention, criminal investigations, training, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, traffic safety and enforcement.

*Demonstrated working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws (Cleary Act, Higher Education Opportunity Action, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), and their application to higher education.

*Demonstrated ability to balance the needs and complexity of an educational institution and law enforcement.

*Demonstrated ability to lead and communicate in a timely manner during crisis and emergencies.

*Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities.


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