Purdue University is announcing the search for its next Chief of the Purdue University Police Department. Reporting to the Vice President of Physical Facilities & Chief Public Safety Officer, the chief of police is the top law enforcement officer for Purdue University and is ultimately responsible for protecting and serving the Boilermaker community. The leader we seek will lead the Purdue Police Department and engage the campus and surrounding communities as the public representative for the Police Department.

About the Purdue Police Department Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is the 14th safest in the country, and the safest campus in Indiana, according to a new study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) and provides law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to support the university’s effort to provide a safe and secure educational environment where diverse social, cultural, and academic values are encouraged to develop and prosper. The department has a staff of 45 fully-sworn law enforcement officers and 19 non-sworn staff of individuals who receive many types of training, including Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation training, which recognize officers’ imperative role as first responders in most crisis situations and the unique needs of a campus population. PUPD offers a variety of community engagement programs, including a citizen’s police academy. This academy is held on an annual basis and is used as an educational outreach program designed to provide citizens with a greater understanding of the inner workings of their police department and of the role that law enforcement plays within the community. The department maintains the highest level of transparency of its operations and overall campus safety as required by both the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. Please visit the Administrative Operations and Police Department websites to learn more about the organizations.

Characteristics and Attributes
• Maintain the highest degree of integrity and professional excellence in law enforcement
• The ability to work with and for students by actively engaging students in community policing practices, continual open communications, positive daily interactions, and responsiveness to needs and concerns
• Strong appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion with demonstrated experience effectively working with and positively engaging a diverse population
• Highly committed to both professional and personal growth and development as a manager, leader, and public safety expert; deeply committed to the professional development and training of staff
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Establish departmental and operational policies, procedures, and goals to carry out the functions of the department
• Develop and implement strategic initiatives and set goals to achieve strategic initiatives, and provide metrics that demonstrate implementation success
• Be responsible for hiring and promotional decisions and implement or approve disciplinary measures
• Oversee successful CALEA® re-accreditation process evidencing the highest standards for public safety excellence
• Oversee a budget of 7 million and review recommendations from supervisors on requests for major funding allocations
• Provide support to the public safety team with regard to emergency planning and response, including special projects
• Maintain accurate data and reporting, and issue safety alerts and timely warnings as required by federal and state law
• Act as liaison in Emergency Operations Center(s), as needed

• Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Higher Education Administration, Public Administration, or related field
• Eight (8) or more years of progressive experience in police operations, including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory experience
• In lieu of a degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience
• A valid US driver’s license
• Must be able to obtain and maintain Indiana Police Officer certification, including completion of 16 hours of continuing education annually
• Must have expert knowledge of public safety, law enforcement, security methods, and regulations pertaining to the activities on campus
• Must have expert knowledge of investigative procedures and crowd control techniques as they pertain to a campus environment
• Knowledge of pertinent state and federal laws and all other relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote the effective local, state, or national security operations to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
• Must have demonstrated knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources
• Must be able to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction
• Must be able to deal calmly and effectively with high-stress situations
• Must have the ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
• Must have a demonstrated ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships, build mutual trust and respect with others, and maintain them over time.
• Must have a high standard of integrity, performance, and professional behavior
• Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
• The ability to achieve consensus and persuade (persuade?) others to change their minds and/or actions is necessary
• A solid commitment to customer service
• Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of a police officer

• Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Higher Education Administration, Public Administration, or related field
• Successful completion of FBI National Academy or Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command

About Purdue University
Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu

Application Procedures
For priority consideration, please submit all application materials by June 12, 2022
Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval by the applicant.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 12, 2022, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to stephanieferguson@purdue.edu
Candidates should include:
• A letter of interest describing why you are interested in this role, why you are a good fit for the position based on your experience, and why it is now a good time for you to consider the opportunity.
• Resume
• A statement of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and future goals to promote a climate that values DEI. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution: https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue.
Additional Information
• Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
• A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
• Certified law enforcement candidates who are currently employed full-time as a sworn officers in good standing will be exempt from the Physical Fitness Exam and Written Exam
• Required to wear a uniform including ballistic vest as required by General Orders and carry a cell phone for a callback to campus
• Exposed to job hazards and working conditions associated with police work
• FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
• Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Immediately
• Please consult the following for additional benefits information: Purdue Benefits and Purdue University’s Police Officer and Firefighters Pension
• Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply

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