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  • Deputy Chief (Peace Officer)
    Public Safety
    Rhode Island School of Design

    Job Title Deputy Chief (Peace Officer)
    Department Public Safety
    Posting Type Internal/External
    Employment Type Full-Time

    Job Summary (Overview)
    The Deputy Chief/Support Services serves as second-in-command to the Director Public Safety and has command responsibility over all other members of the campus police department. In conjunction with RISD’s Director/Chief of Public Safety, the Deputy plans, assigns, administers, and supervises the activities of the department’s safety and security operations and plans including but not limited to the institution and maintenance of standard operating procedures which support RISD mission and are in compliance with city, state and federal legislation; developing community educational and department training programs; detective operations; crime prevention safety; emergency management; and conducting and supervising investigations in an effective and sensitive manner. This position is responsible for hiring, training, developing, evaluating, and supervising public safety support service staff, including facility monitors, dispatchers, and ARMS coordinator (s). Oversee records, budgets, and departmental expenditures. Ensure Institutional compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

    This position works closely with a variety of campus offices, such as the Dean of Students Affairs, the Office of Residence Life, and Facilities + EHS. Must have a strong working knowledge of and sensitivity to Title IX incidents and serve as the point of contact for these investigations.

    Essential Functions/Duties
    1. Manage day-to-day operations of the campus police department by planning, assigning, supervising, and participating in the programs and activities of the public safety department. Hire, train, develop, evaluate, and supervise public safety support services staff, including facility monitors, dispatchers, and ARMS coordinator(s). Effectively apply state and federal laws and ordinances; design, implement, and evaluate crime prevention and safety educational programs for students, faculty, and staff, tracking and monitoring attendance in these programs and alert to areas of additional training and education. In conjunction with the Director, coordinate law enforcement and service activities with those of other city, state, and federal departments and agencies, as appropriate. Assume full responsibility for the activities of the department during the absence of the Director of Public Safety.

    2. Participate in campus programs, trainings and professional development. Regularly interact with student body by attending student events and activities, and through the proactive creation and maintenance of partnerships with the Office of Resident life, Dean of Student Affairs office, local law enforcement and Public Safety Officers to identify areas of concerns and understand trends. Develop, recommend and implement, as approved, strategies to reduce or eliminate specific areas of concerns.

    3. Support RISD’s mission and applicable standards and policies by encouraging and maintaining a safe, peaceful, and orderly community through education, enforcement, emergency response and services delivered 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Research crime, crime prevention, and other reports to determine trends, and identify and evaluate feasibility of implementations at RISD based on information gathered. Recommend changes in organization and operating procedures to obtain the most effective results.

    4. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the Clery Act, Title IX, and VAWA and their implementation at the College and ensure institutional compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Collect, review and compile data from internal and external sources to meet mandatory reporting requirements. Serve as the point of contact for all Title IX and VAWA related incidents. Work closely with the Title IX Coordinator and other staff members.

    5. Conduct preliminary and continuing investigations of crimes and other incidents occurring on-campus that are within the purview of the Department of Public Safety, and serve as the Department of Public Safety evidence control officer. Develop, recommend, and implement, as approved, evidence document and control procedures, and dispose of evidence as appropriate. Supervise subordinates through highly complex criminal and other investigations. Prepare detailed supplemental/follow-up reports and case reports as necessary.

    6. With a detailed understanding of public safety record management system (ARMS), regularly audit/review reports, logs sheets, and entries to ensure appropriate coding is used. May serve as a liaison between department and vendors to ensure system needs are met. May help oversee mandated updates, enhancements, backups and other changes as necessary to help ensure the records management system meets needs.

    Job Qualifications Required
    Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Campus policing or campus public safety or proven community policing experience required. A minimum of five years command level supervisory experience. Thorough knowledge of modern police methods, practices and techniques and of applicable federal and state laws.

    Sworn peace officer in the state of RI or ability to obtain sworn status from P.O.S.T. Commission within a prescribed period of time. Experience with Community Policing Model. Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices of police administration and of the functions and objectives of other state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies. Ability to analyze complex police problems. Ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinates and to advise, instruct, and train personnel. Ability to write and speak effectively. Ability to interact with the public and the RISD campus community firmly and courteously and to establish effective working relationships.

    Job Qualifications Preferred
    Active Rhode Island EMT license preferred.

    Pre-employment Requirement
    The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
 


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