Founded in 1895 as Fort Valley High and Industrial School, Fort Valley State has experienced tremendous growth and development over the years - culminating into a vibrant university with exceptional associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and centers of excellence. As one of only two land grant institutions in the state of Georgia, the second largest campus in the state with over 1300 acres, and one of the highest ranked historically black college and university (HBCU) in the state according to US News rankings, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is recognized as not only a campus community where diversity and inclusion are cherished, but also as a place where the principles of Embrace (our heritage), Empower (our employees), and Engage (our students) are exemplified throughout campus on a daily basis.
The city of Fort Valley and its neighboring communities provide the friendliness and tranquility indicative of a small southern town, while simultaneously providing residents interested in larger city life with an easy 20-minute drive to the Macon-Warner Robins metropolitan area and its 400,000 residents and plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. And with the North Georgia mountains and the Savannah and Gulf Coast beaches within a 3-hour drive, and Atlanta a mere 1.5 hours away, the best amenities that this country has to offer are literally a short scenic drive away. It’s no wonder so many people are choosing to call Middle Georgia home and FVSU their employer of choice!
This Chief of Police is responsible for supervising the operations of the University Police Department. The Chief will coordinate the providing of support for the main campus, the Warner Robins Center, and the various Head Start centers operated by FVSU throughout the Middle Georgia region. As a member of Cabinet, the Chief will advise members of leadership on public safety matters, and will provide case summaries and reports to key campus leaders and, as requested or required, to the University System of Georgia’s (USG) Police Chief. The Chief works diligently to promote a favorable public image of the department, and is expected to be an actively engaged member of campus life.
- Plans and evaluates entire University Police Department on their duties and responsibilities.
- Creates, updates, and evaluates departmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance with current and changing federal, state, and local laws.
- Reviews and approves all reports, including criminal incident and accident reports, for accuracy and future safety planning.
- Reviews all University event and facility requests and assesses the need for and level of security.
- Oversees the routine Inspection of department vehicles, surveillance systems, and the data management system.
- Reviews and implements training for all officers within the department to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.
- Coordinates, and as necessary assists with the investigations of crimes occurring on University property.
- Ensures fire drills and inspections of all University fire safety equipment are conducted annually.
- Assists with the organization of and updates to the University’s Emergency Operations Plan and Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
- Prepares and presents safety presentations for all campus stakeholders.
- Develops and manages the departmental budget and the campus parking protocol.
- Investigates and evaluates complaints made against departmental employees.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
- Knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, including but not limited to CLERY Act, FERPA, and Title IX laws.
- Knowledge of University policing and how it functions.
- Knowledge of modern principles and techniques of fire prevention, emergency operations and resources.
- Skill in equipment operation.
- Skill in interpersonal communication and employee management.
The President and, at times the Chief of Staff on behalf of the President, assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.
Guidelines include Campus Police policies and procedures manual, FVSU employee handbook, Board of Regents policies and procedures, and the Georgia Criminal Code and Accident handbook. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
- The work consists of varied police supervision and law enforcement duties. Overseeing a 24-hour department of employees at various levels of knowledge and skills contributes to the complexity of the position.
- The purpose of this position is to ensure a safe environment for the University, staff, students, and citizens. Success in this position helps ensure individuals feel secure from crime and other safety concerns.
- Contacts are typically with Office of Judicial Affairs, Office of Student Life, Peach County District Attorney’s Office, Title IX Coordinators, and Student Government Association.
- Contacts are typically to give or exchange information; to provide services; and to resolve problems.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
- The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table and intermittently standing or walking. The employee occasionally lifts heavy objects, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes a sense of smell.
- The work is typically performed in an office, library, or computer room. The employee is exposed to contagious or infectious diseases or irritating chemicals. The work is performed outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather, and requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, and gloves.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY
This position has direct supervision over Police Captain (1), Police Sergeant – Investigations (1), Police Lieutenant (1), Director of Emergency Management (1), and Administrative Assistant (1).
- Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field required. Master’s degree is preferred.
- More than three years of related experienced required.
- Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
- Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Police Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council for the State of Georgia.
- POST certified, or possesses the ability to obtain certification within one year from the date of employment.
- Ability to successfully complete an extensive background check process that may include but is not necessarily limited to: fingerprint/criminal history check, polygraph, credit history check, psychological assessment, and drug screening.
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