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Chief of University Police

SUNY Canton
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
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Chief of University Police


University Police


Commensurate with credentials and experience

Description of Duties

SUNY Canton is seeking applicants for the position of Chief of University Police. The University Police Department is dedicated to maintain and promote a safe and secure atmosphere that is conducive to the educational mission of the University. The department is responsible for the protection of life, property, safety and of those who live, work and visit the SUNY Canton Campus. The University Police Department upholds the college's policies and procedures, laws of New York State and the United States Constitution in a fair and equitable manner in an ever-changing society. We are committed to provide safety awareness programs, training opportunity to the campus community and regional law enforcement training.


Essential Responsibilities

The Chief of Police is an experienced and engaged leader who is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management and administration of police operations, security and support services programs, crime prevention and personal safety education, the enforcement of laws and college regulations, and the protection of life and property at the campus. Due to the high visibility and public contact required of the position, the Chief must manage these operations with a high level of professionalism while promoting good public relations.

Must demonstrate a strong understanding of, and a deep commitment to, creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice within and outside the campus environment. The Chief of Police is also a standing member of the Co-Chief Diversity Officer Meetings involving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

An emphasis is placed on community policing, emergency first response, event security management (including traffic, parking, and crowd control), investigations, security policies and plans, security assessments, and regulatory compliance at the local, state, and federal levels including Campus Crime Reporting Act (Clery Act), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX compliance.

The Chief of Police oversees all criminal, medical, and fire responses as necessary and develops appropriate preventative and security techniques.

Develops standards for effective patrol operations and investigative strategies, provides leadership, guidance and direction to police supervisors and line personnel, and reviews and implements policies and procedures for criminal prosecutions, custodial arrests, and the execution of search warrants.

Represents the Police department to the campus, the SUNY Police Commissioner, college executives, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the media and private agencies and organizations.

Participates in, and/or serve as chair, of various campus committees, such as the Emergency Response Resource Group, Behavioral Intervention Team, Campus Safety Committee, Community Law Enforcement Administrators, and the RAVE Alert System.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fifteen years minimum of progressive law enforcement experience including at least 10 years in a supervisory or management capacity
  • Current Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) Certification as a Police Officer in New York State.
  • A record of progressive leadership and management responsibility in a campus law enforcement agency as a supervisor, investigator, or campus law enforcement administrator, and/or municipal law enforcement administrator, recognized by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) as a certified agency in New York State.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and leading diverse constituencies
  • Strong knowledge of higher education law enforcement policies, practices, techniques, accreditation standards, and federal and state law including the Campus Crime Reporting Act (Clery Act), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX compliance
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the New York State Criminal and Penal Laws
  • Must be available during all shifts to respond to emergency situations
  • Incumbents must be able to obtain and maintain the necessary firearms permit(s) in accordance with organization policies and legal statutes as a condition of continued employment
  • Certification in Incident Command System 300 or greater
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including the ability to motivate subordinates in a constructive, disciplined manner
  • Commitment to participating in and promoting ongoing education, training, and professional development
  • Record of success managing and completing complex projects in a timely manner
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and have the ability to drive a motor vehicle and successful completion of a background investigation that includes fingerprinting
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree
  • SUNY University Police Command level (Inspector, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, or Chief of a University Police Department) experience
  • Demonstrated experience developing productive relationships with various internal and external constituents, including students, faculty, staff and administrators
  • Experience working in an Accredited Police Department and Leadership Training.
  • Experience and direct involvement in the successful maintenance of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (LEAP).
  • Clery Act expertise to include campus notification requirements and preparation of the campus Annual Security and Fire Report
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications

Review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.

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SUNY Canton, a unit of the State University of New York, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SUNY Canton is building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.

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