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.
The Lieutenant-Training and Accreditation oversees and directs the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of public safety and security training and accreditation for Tufts University Department of Public Safety. This role assesses the current training and development needs, enhances current effective programs, and identifies new initiatives to ensure a high level of performance among all levels of Tufts Universitys Public Safety staff, establishing and implementing a culture of training and development throughout the department.
Fosters a learning environment based on adult learning principles that ensure optimal comprehension, development, and retention, and stays abreast of training best practices and current trends in the public safety industry to optimize the delivery and relevance of training materials and programs. Oversees all instructional programs; manages contractual support; administers training budgets; conducts site visits throughout the University for live training observations, inspection and validation of performance, and successful execution of training processes; develops and maintains effective business working relationships with outside constituents to ensure communication, education, and collaboration on state of the art, cutting-edge training techniques for public safety staff; and conducts ongoing needs assessments with senior leadership to understand and address skills gaps in the department. Leads the accreditation team ensuring, that personnel are in compliance with applicable accreditation standards and assists with documentation and file maintenance as requested; in partnership with TUPD command staff, creates performance criteria, conducts annual performance evaluations in accord with established practices; other duties as assigned.
As a member of the command staff, the Lieutenant actively contributes to the implementation of the strategic plan, providing direction and leadership to various initiatives and objectives designed to support the vision and goals within the plan.
Other duties as assigned may include when necessary, leadership for the patrol function, response to emergency and non- emergency incidents, 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. Lieutenants provide leadership and direction for a defined portion of the Tufts University Police Departments (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. Lieutenants provide vision, leadership and management for important projects, initiatives and tasks of the department, such as special projects; pre-planning for special events; field operations; training; and administrative functions, etc.