Bentley University — Police Captain

Founded in 1917, Bentley University is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader and one with the deep technical skills, the broad global perspective and the high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. To achieve this goal, Bentley infuses their advanced business curriculum with the richness of a liberal arts education. The results are graduates who are making an impact in their chosen fields and turning their passions into success stories. The student body consists of 4,200 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students with 78% of students living on campus. Located on a classic New England campus just minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars, and creative thinkers.

The Bentley University Police Department is an accredited police agency consisting of sworn police officers, security officers, dispatchers and administrative personnel whose mission is to provide quality police, security, and related public safety services for the purpose of protecting lives and property within the Bentley University community and to help ensure the campus remains a safe and pleasant place in which to live, study, and work.

Reporting to the Chief of Police, the Police Captain is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations and the management of the Bentley University Police Department. As second in command to the Chief of Police, the Captain serves in a command role as the lead manager of the uniformed services of the university police force. This position is responsible for assigning, coordinating, and directing police and security patrol resources; deploying and overseeing the allocation of police and security resources through the Lieutenant(s), Patrol Shift Sergeants, Detective Sergeants, and supervisors ensuring patrol unit responses to calls for service are handled in a timely and professional manner; and overseeing and supporting all functions relating to dispatch and communications, training, accreditation, and emergency planning. Further, the Captain ensures that all members of the department under his/her command are effectively trained, prepared, and supported to perform their duties protecting the university community by employing the practices and philosophy of community policing and exceptional community service. The Captain works to ensure the university environment is kept safe and that maximum attention is paid by patrol staff to community needs, and safety and security concerns. This position conducts ongoing assessments of the proficiency of patrol and operational procedures and resources; ensures the department keeps up with best practices and current trends in campus safety; oversees the active and ongoing implementation of community-oriented policing programs and initiatives; assumes a leadership role in event planning, Incident Command, crisis preparation, and response; and maintains effective and collaborative relationships with key members of campus, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, a minimum of five years of experience as a supervisor, and police academy certification (SPPO) or higher. A previous record of success serving in a law enforcement capacity at a university campus is highly desirable. A collaborative leadership style that incorporates strong teamwork and a customer service approach, good decision-making skills, and an engaging work style will also be important considerations in the selection of the Police Captain. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for working with students; a strong willingness to serve as an advocate to address issues related to public safety; the ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with a full and diverse range of campus constituents; and exhibit a positive image, attitude and professional demeanor, serving as a role model to other members of the department. The Police Captain will have strong written and oral communication skills; the ability to write policies and procedures and organize administrative projects; and be able to direct, motivate and supervise subordinates. In addition, extensive training and experience in community policing, crime prevention methods, and current public safety training trends; significant experience in evaluation and assessment of law enforcement policies and procedures; and experience in emergency management and crisis response protocols are all necessary qualifications for the Captain. 

Review of applications will begin June 28, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Bentley University website at www.bentley.edu

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty, and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We strive to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.

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