Department Summary :
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 universitys 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 departments 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.