FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Combining traditional strengths in the arts and humanities with internationally recognized leadership in the sciences, FSU provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery, and community interaction. FSU’s 18 colleges and its Graduate School offer more than 276 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. The University awards over 3,000 graduate and professional degrees each year. With an impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, FSU is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty.
FSU is ranked No. 19 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2021 guidebook. The College of Criminology & Criminal Justice consistently leads national and international rankings for academic excellence and reputation, value, faculty productivity, and veteran friendliness. Recognized nationally for its strong commitment to diversity, FSU is also a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African American students and in the graduation rate of African American undergraduates. The College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation’s Top 10 for Hispanic students.
The University also has over 60 years of experience in international education and is a leader in the field of study-abroad programs, ranking 11th in the nation in providing students with extraordinary study abroad experiences through its permanent study centers in London, England, Florence, Italy, Valencia, Spain, Panama City, Panama and summer-specific programs in various locations around the world.
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR SAFETY & CHIEF OF POLICE DESCRIPTION (“Chief of Police”)
The Chief of Police will provide strategic direction for all administrative and financial operations of the Police Department, to include Security Services, Transportation Services, Records, Communications, Investigations, Accreditation, Training, Support Services, Special Operations, Emergency Management, and Campus Access. The Chief of Police is also responsible for oversight of the University’s compliance with the Clery Act and its reporting requirements.
The Chief of Police will embrace and exemplify the tenets of 21st Century Policing:
The Chief of Police is a Strategist: They will lead strategic planning and vision execution that addresses ongoing growth and continuous improvements within the Police Department to ensure that it aligns with an ever-evolving public safety, security, law enforcement and emergency management landscape, while meeting the needs of a large, diverse academic community.
The Chief of Police is a Standard Bearer: They will develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness, thoroughness, and suitability of Police Department policies and procedures that impact students, faculty, staff, visitors and service providers, as well as the reputation of the University. They will ensure high standards for performance and adherence to best practices. The Chief of Police will ensure compliance with accreditation standards and ongoing accreditation of the department.
The Chief of Police is a Communicator: They will actively and meaningfully engage with all stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, service providers, University leadership, the Board of Trustees, community groups, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and social service agencies, the media, special interest groups, the public, and peers in academia. They will build relationships, partnerships, and communication channels to foster understanding, cooperation, new initiatives, and the advancement of the overall mission of the Police Department.
The Chief of Police is a Financial Steward: They will administer a sizeable annual budget for the Police Department, Emergency Management, and Transportation Services. The Chief of Police will look for efficiencies and measure effectiveness while pursuing grants and other sources of external funding for initiatives and operations.
The Chief of Police is a Problem Solver: They will bring pragmatic, and sometimes creative, approaches to complex problems while ensuring adherence to applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
The Chief of Police is Accountable and Transparent: They will be data driven, collecting and analyzing information to guide decision making and responses, and to keep key partners informed. The Chief of Police will communicate trends and emerging threats to University leadership in a timely and proactive fashion. They will share information with other stakeholders as appropriate and when beneficial to the overall mission.
The Chief of Police is a Person of Integrity: They will hold highly sensitive information confidentially while ensuring adherence to ethical practices and ethical behavior on and off-duty, including adherence and compliance with Florida’s public records and open government Sunshine laws.
The Chief of Police is Forward Thinking: They will be naturally inquisitive and attentive to emerging trends and developing issues. They will be well versed in innovative security approaches and technologies. The Chief of Police will ensure that communication channels and modes are resilient, and cooperation is assured. They will plan ahead while working closely with all partners. They will oversee departmental drills, tabletop exercises, and training for crises and emergencies, ensuring all necessary training for the department.
The Chief of Police is Caring: They will seek always to serve and care for students while embracing mental health and wellness initiatives and responses for the benefit of the department, as well as the larger campus community. The Chief of Police will embrace the deployment of de-escalation training, conflict resolution tactics, and mental health responses, as opposed to law enforcement responses, as circumstances warrant.
The Chief of Police is Resourceful: They will engage with researchers, experts, peers and others who are developing novel and successful new approaches to 21st Century law enforcement, public safety and security issues. The Chief of Police will facilitate iterative improvement of the department.
The Chief of Police Protects Free Speech: They will embrace dialogue with and constructive criticism by internal and external stakeholders, demonstrating support for open communication and freedom of expression in an academic community.
APPLICATION AND NOMINATION PROCESS
Application materials should be submitted to:
FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf