Police Lieutenant - Station Commander - (20001653)
The Tufts University Department of Public Safety is comprised of sworn police officers, campus security officers, dispatchers, emergency management and fire safety staff. Staff are assigned to one of four campus locations, one in Medford/Somerville, two Boston campuses (Health Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts - SMFA) and a 24/365 clinical and teaching campus in Grafton. Public Safety staff may be redeployed as needed to cover staffing shortages and additional needs throughout the Tufts community as needed.
The Department of Public Safety works to ensure that the physical, psychological and emotional security and wellbeing needs of all our community members are being met. Whereas safety and security are a responsibility shared by the whole community, the mission is achieved by applying leadership and expertise to proactive community partnerships designed to provide programs, resources and services to prevent loss, reduce harm, and solve problems. The department is continually striving to ensure that campus safety and policing functions remain responsive to the needs of our community, are aligned with the university's core values, and provide the accountability and transparency needed to maintain the trust and support of the Tufts community. Public Safety leadership regularly and proactively engage with the Tufts community to develop and maintain communication and education about DPS' programs, services and resources as well as to lend expertise around upcoming events ongoing campus concerns and annual programs. Lieutenants are public-facing leaders who extrapolate from these engagements to provide essential summaries, feedback and recommendations to the senior DPS leadership in context of continuous improvement.
Department of Public Safety staff are expected to:
be forward-thinking about campus safety, understand the values and perspectives of the Tufts community in all its diversity and can tailor the way they deliver services to meet those varied needs;
be grounded in ensuring the dignity and respect of all community members, and the elimination of all forms of bias and discrimination;
fully embrace anti-racist practices, are trusted and valued by Tufts community members, and use restorative and transformative practices where harms are repaired, and future harms can be prevented;
proactively engage with community members and the activities of the community in a manner that is welcomed and builds trust.
Lieutenants provide leadership and direction for a defined portion of the Tufts University Police Department's (TUPD) workforce, such as a shift, a special unit with members of varying ranks, or a specialized task, such as a task force assigned to a particular mission. As a member of the leadership team, the Lieutenant actively contributes to the implementation of the department's strategic plan, providing direction and leadership to the mission and varioius initiatives and objectives designed to support the vision and goals within the plan. The Lieutenant also provides leadership and direciton for important projects, initiatives and tasks of the department, such as special projects; pre-planning for special events; field operations; training; and administrative functions, and leads and administers field operations for a shift or shifts; guides, mentors, assesses and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; ensures that staff under their supervision are in compliance with department and regulatory policies and procedures.
When assigned to a campus, the Lieutenant provides leadership for the patrol function and supervises Patrol Sergeants, Police Officers and Campus Security Officers (CSO). The Lieutenant responds to emergency and non- emergency incidents as needed, assuming command when needed, providing leadership, guidance and direction and coordinating resources in compliance with university and TUPD policies and procedures. In the absence of an officer of higher rank, the Lieutenant assumes command of the department, keeping the Assistant Director and others informed of any significant incidents or emergencies. The Lieutenant assumes the role of the shift supervisor in the absence of a Sergeant.
The Lieutenant develops collaborative partnerships with the campus and local community in order to engage in effective problem-solving strategies and tactics designed to instill trust while creating thoughtful delivery of services, programs and education to prevent crime and disorder. The Lieutenant at times creates - and at other times - guides initiatives that embody the department's commitment to the community policing philosophy, facilitating the development of long term partnerships with the community in order to engage in effective problem solving strategies and tactics designed to prevent crime and disorder; facilitates meetings with community stakeholders and assigned community policing officers; assists community policing officers and community members in defining problems and implementing viable problem solving strategies; coordinates activities and develops action plans; in partnership with the community, assists in assessing the effectiveness of strategies, adjusting those strategies when assessment indicates; leads and administers field operations for a shift or shifts; guides, mentors, assesses and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; ensures that personnel under his/her command are in compliance with policies and procedures; serves as a TUPD leadership liaison with other university schools or departments; provides leadership for staff assigned to other campuses in the absence of an assigned leader; oversees patrol response and on scene activities of officers; facilitates and assists in initial and follow-up investigations; initiates coaching sessions and/or disciplinary action when necessary; assists with internal investigations; other duties as assigned.
5 years of law enforcement experience, with three additional years of law enforcement supervisory experience
Active motor vehicle operator's license in good standing; current and valid MA class A LTC; certified Mass State Police SSPO; and the ability to obtain and maintain Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester County Deputy Sheriff powers; and applicable city or town special police authority as deemed necessary by the department
Excellent communication skills, including in public forums, Tufts' community meetings, emergency/urgent situations and in directing the work of others.
Thorough knowledge of law enforcement and investigative principles, practices, response procedures, methods and systems;
Ability to interpret and enforce laws and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially and apply strategic thinking to individual situations.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of police authority and jurisdiction, constitutional law, and criminal law.
Attention to detail. The ability to carefully review written reports and CAD entries for accuracy and completeness.
Knowledge and understanding of the principles of ICS and NIMS.
Strong Knowledge of DPS written directives including but not limited to: Use of Force, Incident Management, Command Staff Responsibilities, Internal Affairs, Non Discrimination, Code of Conduct, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Response Protocols, Stop and Frisk Threshold Inquiries, Handling the Mentally Ill, and Jurisdiction.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency with investigative databases, technologies, resources and networks.
Strong organization and documentation skills. Ability to multi-task in a busy, complex environment.
Knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of community-oriented policing, crime prevention, and problem solving. Experience and ability to perform effectively in diverse client communities; ability to articulate and commit to diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
Earned Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or comparable
10 or more years of police experience
Specialized training and experience in Sexual Assault investigations, Crime Scene investigations, Field Training Officer (FTO), CPTED, Background Investigations.
Certified and active instructor in RAD, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, CPR and First Responder.
Knowledge and understanding of Clery, Title IX, and Police Accreditation.
Strong ability to communicate to various constituencies including university officials, staff, students and the general public in both oral and written form.
Ability to work collaboratively with state and federal officials, community groups and the general public to solve problems.
Special Work Schedule Requirements: This position requires the ability to complete duties and responsibilities under hazardous, potentially life threatening conditions. The position requires on-call availability during non-work hours and may require reporting for duty during non-working hours including weekends, holidays, university closings, or states of emergency.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Public Safety
Organization: Public Safety - Medford
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Dec 4, 2020, 6:58:27 PM
Internal Number: 20001653
About Tufts University
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.