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Chief of Police
Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois
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Date Posted 04/17/2019
Admin-Campus Safety And Police
Employment Type Staff - Full Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Chief of Police

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Position Summary

The Chief of Police serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the College. The Chief of Police provides leadership and oversight to the Prairie State College Police Department in providing a safe campus environment. The Chief of Police is responsible for the direction, management, implementation, and evaluation of policies, programs, personnel, and activities related to the safety and security for all constituents, as well as the assets of the College.

Reporting and Supervisory Relationships

1. Direct reporting relationship to the Executive Director, Human Resources.
2. Direct supervisory relationship to police sergeants and indirect relationship to police officers.

Essential Responsibilities

1. Provides high quality, professional crime prevention, protection, and law enforcement services to maintain and promote personal safety and the security of property for the campus.
2. Ensures adequate police and security coverage for the College.
3. Develops and maintains proper budgeting, fiscal and personnel resources, report preparation, and management within the assigned area.
4. Develops and maintains safety and security services including, but not limited to, fire and loss prevention, traffic control, parking, key control, noise reduction, and crowd control.
5. Manages the various security and video surveillance, electronic door access and mass notification systems.
6. Performs regular vulnerability assessments and security/safety audits and campus drills to ensure the campus and staff is crisis ready.
7. Coordinates and provides responses to emergencies and issues alerts and emergency notifications utilizing the campus alert and public address systems.
8. Acts as the public safety advocate for the campus community with both internal and external constituents and represent the department at meetings or functions.
9. Recommends and enforces College policies and regulations related to safety, security and conduct.
10. Ensures enforcement of and compliance with local, state, and federal laws and completes all reports regarding campus safety.
11. Develops fire response, power loss, weather emergency, injury and illness, hazardous materials, and other emergency plans and procedures for response, evacuation, and/or notification.
12. Conducts investigations and prepares written reports regarding incidents or accidents and recommends solutions or actions as appropriate.
13. Compiles and publishes annual crime statistics to assure timely compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Jeanne Clery Act.
14. Manages facility information on the web based Rapid Responder system, such as, floor plans, emergency plans and other facility changes, including user access.
15. Assists and ensures safety and security for College-wide events and student club-sponsored programs and activities.
16. Serves as liaison with appropriate law enforcement agencies, local communities and higher education consortiums.
17. Interacts as needed with the entire campus community to develop and maintain a safe, secure, and welcoming environment.
18. Supports and contributes to substance abuse prevention programs, and health promotions and services.
19. Develops, participates, and assists in public safety and services instructional programming.
20. Performs professional and administrative duties assigned, as appropriate, by the Executive Director, in addition to the delineated responsibilities.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

Employee is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. Employee may be involved in heavy work which may require lifting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and must be able to operate equipment involving arm and leg controls.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Completion of Illinois Police Mandatory Training Act Certification.
2. Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Behavioral Science, Management, or other related fields and ten years of experience in a Police or Public Safety Agency with five years in a supervisory role; or a Certificate of Command Officers Development, or similar certificate, certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, and 15 years of experience in a Police or Public Safety Agency with 10 years in a supervisory role.
3. Extensive, current knowledge of law enforcement; safety and security; National Incident Management System (NIMS) emergency preparedness process and demonstrated skill in emergency planning and policy development.
4. Knowledge of current law enforcement methods, due process requirements, and state and federal reporting mandates.
5. Ability to pass a physical examination and criminal background check.
6. Valid Driver’s License.
7. Record of effective interaction with public groups, individuals, and law enforcement agencies.
8. Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
9. Computer literacy.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master Degree or advanced study in an appropriate field.
2. Experience working in a college or university public safety or campus police department.
3. Experience with the CALEA accreditation process.
4. Grant writing or development experience.

Anticipated Work Hours and Days

As required

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Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be submitted electronically through the Prairie State College website.

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