The Department of Public and Environmental Safety exists to support the goals of the university-teaching, research, and patient care-by fostering a safe and secure environment in which members of the tufts community can learn, work and live. Whereas safety and security is a responsibility shared by the whole community, the mission is achieved by applying leadership and our unique expertise to partnerships designed to prevent loss, reduce harm, and solve problems.
In conjunction with Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) command staff, the Detective Lieutenant provides leadership, direction and supervision for criminal investigations, evidence collection, secure storage, and inventory; the community policing coordinator, physical security specialist, and VIP / dignitary protection responsibilities of the department; assesses crime patterns, develops and implements strategies and tactics to prevent crime and reduce harm by working in partnership with other community policing officers prevention specialists; responds to crimes in progress and critical incidents impacting the university, providing leadership and a command presence; develops and maintains relationships with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the MBTA Police; host city investigators and local district attorney’s offices; works in partnership with other law enforcement agencies to assist with the investigation of crimes impacting the university community; reviews reports and incidents generated by police and other public safety personnel to identify trends of criminal activity and/or suspects; provides situational awareness and intelligence briefings to TUPD and other personnel as necessary; ensures the accurate and timely submission of the department’s required monthly felony reports to the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Certification Unit as well as National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) crime statistics to the FBI; provides background investigations and supervises other certified investigators in conducting background investigations of applicants; reports findings in written reports and makes recommendations; assigns investigations to other personnel, tracks progress, and assists where warranted; assists with internal affairs investigations as assigned; makes recommendations for proper staff training and departmental resources; provides support and direct supervision to personnel assigned to his/ her command; participates in developing policies, procedures and programs; assists in the design and coordination of shift assignments and activities as well as patrol deployment strategies; trains, directs and evaluates staff using established performance management practices.
The Detective Lieutenant supports the department’s commitment to the Community Policing philosophy by actively participating and directing others to engage in COPPS activities that are designed to prevent crime, build partnerships, and solve problems. The Detective Lieutenant applies his/her specialized knowledge, expertise, and skillsets to inform and/or assist in problem solving strategies; enhances community engagement by actively participating in programs that are designed to prevent crime and educate the community; works in close partnership with various university offices, including but not limited to the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), and Tufts Facilities to collaboratively assess and address incidents.
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.
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.
3 to 5 years of experience as a sworn criminal investigator, investigative procedures and systems.
3 to 5 years of experience as a sworn police sergeant.
Thorough knowledge of law enforcement and investigative principles, practices, methods and systems.
Ability to interpret and enforce laws and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.
Specialized training and/or experience in managing and processing the criminal investigative process, including crime scenes, conducting lawful interviews and interrogations, processing securing and storing evidence; conducting sexual assault investigations; and drug recognition.
Strong Knowledge of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.
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 federal, state and local officials, community groups and the general public.
Demonstrated experience in effective leadership and management of staff.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency with investigative databases, technologies, resources and networks.
Strong organization and documentation skills.
Knowledge of lifesaving and first aid methods and techniques.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.