Police Sergeant, Campus Police Department - Georgetown University Law Center
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Police Sergeant, Campus Police Department - Georgetown University Law Center
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The Police Sergeant, with limited supervision, works independently and with other Patrol Sergeants as a frontline supervisor for subordinate officers and civilians (student guards and contact security guards).
They oversee day-today operations/activities and supervise patrol officers assigned to provide police, safety and physical security services to the Georgetown University Law Center and community in general; and ensure compliance with appropriate written and verbal orders of the Director/designee for all security, police, and safety and traffic matters occurring on and around Law Center property.
They direct and deploy the work activities of subordinate employees assigned and consults with the Director/designee on appropriate personnel decisions; serve as initial Incident Commander on-scene during incidents and emergencies unless relieved by a ranking officer; and send emergency notifications to the University Community during critical events as approved by Director/designee.
The Police Sergeant ensures administrative support processes for the Campus Police Department are accurately completed/maintained (for example, crime logs, activity sheets, daily rosters, time and attendance); and displays knowledge of an extensive array of leadership competencies that are beyond the scope/requirements of subordinate officers - such as conducting investigations of personnel performance, evaluating campus safety programs, analyzing training needs, enacting problem-solving techniques, and applying outstanding judgment to unusual events/incidents.
They engage in community policing and crime prevention activities and may be assigned special projects/assignments; play a critical role in emergency management and law enforcement operations as errors may lead to the loss of life and loss of property; and support effective public safety toward a positive impact on the reputation of the University.
Reporting to the Director of Campus Police Department/designee, the Police Sergeant delivers a performance that reflects well on the department and the University and Campus Safety; and as a liaison to various constituencies (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, visitors, neighbors) and external agencies (MPD, DCFD, FBI, USSS), they routinely interact in a professional manner. As well, they routinely interact in a structured/formal or unstructured/emergency setting, including non-routine contacts, contacts as part of a presentation, and contacts with violators/victims; and convey information in a clear, concise, and logical manner.
The Police Sergeant performs routine desk/ office and police duties; spends significant time outside and walks with regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts such as noise, high temperatures, and adverse weather conditions. As a responder to incidents, they may experience proximity to danger, including acts of violence, fire, fumes, odors, toxins, and protests with agility/dexterity (stair climbing, running, bending, kneeling, and crawling); use their strength to pursue, apprehend, and detain uncooperative persons; and occasionally lift up as much as 100 pounds.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
- At least 5 years law enforcement experience related to public safety, security related, law enforcement, military and/or equivalent supervisory experience with knowledge of criminal/civil law and police policies and procedures – including 3 years of supervisory experience
- At least 21 years of age
- U.S. citizenship
- Possession and maintenance of valid driver's license with no violations in the last three years
- Ability to pass Georgetown University driver's certification
- Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Special Police Officer Commission and any other security related security clearances - and to pass a post-offer background investigation
- Ability to obtain and maintain certification in Arrest Control Tactics, Baton, and OC-based Aerosol Subject Restraint and other assigned training subjects
- Successful completion of training that may include the Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Academy, usually during the probation period or equivalent training and certification from a civilian or military law enforcement academy as required by the Director. [If a candidate has previously graduated from a recognized police academy, the Director may request an academy waiver with documentation.]
- Successful completion of a drug test, and a physical examination by a medical doctor to University specifications, extensive psychological testing, and physical fitness/agility test as required by the Director
- 20/20 vision or corrective lens (including contact lens) to see far and near objects, estimate distance, and distinguish colors
- Proficiency with computers including Microsoft Word, Excel, and email and/or the ability to learn these applications
- Ability to employ tact, patience, a courteous demeanor for interactions with students, staff, faculty, visitors, and community members
- Experience in and responsibility for critical incident response and notification procedures
- Experience and/or training in situations involving sexual assault and discrimination (including religious, racial, and sexual orientation), biased based policing, and ethics
- Accountability for rules and responsibilities, for own actions and actions of subordinates, and dependability in meeting commitments, work attendance, and punctuality
- Successful completion of all other departmental training to include: a) Instructor and Lesson Plan Development Training Program or equivalent; and b) Crisis De-Escalation Train-the-Trainer or equivalent Field Training & Evaluation Program or equivalent Basic Instructor Training Program or equivalent First Line Supervisor Training or equivalent
An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered in lieu of above requirements by the DPS Director.
- Ability to supervise, evaluate, manage, and motivate subordinate police personnel
- Ability to prioritizing tasks and remain focused when performing multiple tasks
- Ability to employ discretion, professionalism, and deescalate the use of police powers in a University environment
- Oral and writing skills
- Willingness and initiative to support subordinates and organizational goals in difficult work situations, fulfill responsibilities, and follow up on assignments.
- Advanced knowledge of criminal/civil law and police policies and procedures
- Experience with direct fiscal responsibility and/or indirect fiduciary responsibility for property and equipment
- Advanced knowledge of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery)
- Advanced knowledge of policing in a higher education environment and applicable laws/ policies/procedures/reporting
- Demonstrated ability to perform complex functions, establish priorities, and resolve issues
- Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and implement programs/projects
- Knowledge of telecommunications equipment, along with administrative and clerical skills
- Excellent grammar, speaking, and writing skills
A written test and/or a writing sample may be required by the Director.
Essential The Police Sergeant is considered essential under the University Personnel policy guidelines and therefore subject to be on call when necessary. Willingness and availability are required to work extended, odd, or off hours to achieve the expectations of the department – including rotating tours of duty (day shifts, evening shifts, overnight shifts) with fluctuating days off, according to department needs.
Work Mode: On Campus. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.
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