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Nashville State Community College
  • Position Number: 3878026
  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Chief of Police

Title: Chief of Police

Administers law enforcement program activities by formulating policies and providing sound leadership and management for campus policing, security and safety within institutions of higher education. The position supervises sworn, noncommissioned security officers and civilian staff, providing 24-hour administrative coverage of all incidents and activities that occur on all campuses associated with the College, as well as TCATs Nashville and Dickson.

Implements and supervises the establishment of department office procedures, including the preparation and maintenance of correspondence, records and reports necessary to provide an efficient and effective operation. Provides protection, safety and security for all campuses, as well as faculty, staff, students and visitors. Establishes a department work schedule to support a continuous 24/7 operation, providing 24-hour on-call coverage of all serious incidents that occur on campuses and in patrol area.

Develops programs to provide reasonable safety and security for students, faculty, staff and the general public on college property. Implements programs to promote building and property security. Determines the need for and oversees the requisition, inventory and maintenance of equipment, vehicles, ammunition, firearms, office supplies and other relevant items. Prepares and submits annual budget requests. Plans, coordinates and supervises the daily activities and operations for police and security services, including the detection, investigation and deterrence of crimes. Directs and manages the hiring process for the department. Supervises and evaluates department staff. Assesses the need for staff development and training. Identifies training opportunities and schedules training as appropriate.

Investigates accidents, thefts break-in incidents and other crimes. Makes or directs appropriate arrests/citations when crime occurs. Ensure activities are carried out in a positive and professional manner. Ensures that all incidents and arrest activities are properly documented and that all arrests are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and police procedures. Reports incidents to appropriate College authorities as necessary. Directs the collection, organization and dissemination of crime statistics and related information, within and outside the college. Participates in the development and implementation of emergency procedures for disasters and violent encounters. Assists in conducting campus wide emergency drills on a consistent basis. Directs the enforcement of parking rules and other college regulations through issuance of relevant violation citations. Provides and directs staffing for vehicle and crowd control at special events upon request. Assists in emergency care and transportation of injured or ill students or employees as needed. Provides escort and/or makes bank deposits or special mail deliveries upon request. Enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending training sessions, seminars and workshops and reviewing published literature.

Associate's degree in Criminal Justice or related field

Eight years' progressively responsible law enforcement experience

Five years' management/supervisory experience

Current Certification by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission

Understanding of law enforcement theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs

Knowledge of methods and techniques used to provide a full range of law enforcement and crime prevention services and activities, including investigation, patrol, traffic control, records management and care and custody of persons or property

Possess a valid Tennessee driver's license. Out of state applicants must obtain a Tennessee driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire

Completion of FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) Introductory Courses IS-700 and IS-800 within twelve (12) months of hire

Pass a thorough background investigation, including a favorable criminal background report and motor vehicle record. Must never have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude

Pass a medical examination/drug screening and a psychological evaluation

Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field

Working knowledge of Title IX as it relates to law enforcement, the Clery Act and other federal and state campus safety rules and regulations

Experience working in a campus safety and security environment, as well as knowledge of situations that are unique to college students, events and functions

Experience in emergency management and safety preparedness in a higher education environment

Graduation from executive leadership programs such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police and Staff Command or similar program

Established relationships with local law enforcement agencies

Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students and ability to positively interact with the public both in large groups and small settings. Strong organizational and leadership skills, including the ability to lead peers. Clear, accurate and concise communication skills with high attention to detail, both verbally and in writing. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications. A better-than-average understanding and appreciation for computer systems and technology.

Knowledge of state and federal laws. Ability to know and learn College and Tennessee Board of Regents policy and procedures. Experience in budget operations and management and training/teaching techniques for law enforcement personnel. Skilled in public relations.

Demonstrated proficiency in firearms and non-lethal weapon operation. Ability to physically handle office and field work, including that which requires the functional use of specialized law enforcement equipment, such as firearms, handcuffs, etc., and the ability to receive and clearly respond to radio communication. Ability to react and lead appropriately under stressful conditions. Ability to testify in court and or administrative hearing as necessary.

Must have the ability and willingness to work any shift assigned. Shift assignments may include nights, weekends, holidays and various hours or campus locations that best meet the needs of the department. May also be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, the campus is closed and/or the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

Open Until Filled: Yes

Rate of Pay: $60,555 - $75,694 annually, depending on experience

Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process. Official transcripts are required upon hire. Applicants may be subject to a background check.

Nashville State offers flexible work arrangements for positions that qualify.

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