University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety: Police Sergeant Closing Date: May 5, 2022
April 08, 2022
How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your unique skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The Division of Public Safety & Security invites applications for Police Sergeant on the UM-Flint campus. Under the general supervision of Department of Public Safety command staff, the Police Sergeant serves as a front line supervisor, responsible for department and officer shift activities. This position supervises police officers, security officers, communication officers and student employees during assigned shifts and may assume a higher level of responsibility in the absence of more senior police command staff. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety is a full service law enforcement agency consisting of union and non-union staff.
The police sergeant job requires exercising extensive independent judgement in making difficult decisions that may include taking immediate actions with limited opportunity to consider various alternatives. Our mission is to contribute to and promote a safe and secure community, while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons utilizing facilities and programs of the university of Michigan.
- Work closely with the department's leadership and command staff to ensure the successful, smooth, exemplary operation of the police department.
- Provide supervision to a team of police officers, security officers, and communication officers.
- Schedule, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of officers.
- Promote a positive work environment, ensure a high level of commitment to customer service and professionalism, and communicate regularly with officers, co-workers/supervisors to maintain an efficient and effective work environment.
- Prepare and conduct shift briefings.
- Coordinate the scheduling of leave time, training and certifications of police officers.
- Develop and maintain cooperative and professional relationships with employees, other divisional units, representatives from various departments, and outside agencies.
- Effectively respond to and resolve complex inquiries and disputes.
- Actively promote employee development of skills through training, constructive feedback, recognition for positive work, or recommendations for corrective action or discipline.
- Oversee the training of new police officers.
- Use independent judgment, initiative, and good human relations and problem solving skills when enacting and following through on decisions.
- Apply knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
- Act as a liaison between other university departments, law enforcement agencies, and public safety officials.
- Maintain officers compliance with departmental regulations and procedures.
- Inspect, correct, and approve reports submitted by police officers.
- Effectively supports the mission and goals of the Department of Public Safety, the Division of Public Safety and Security, and the University.
- This is a uniformed position that may be called upon to perform any duty that police officers are expected to perform. These include but are not limited to:
- Patrol assigned areas, observe suspicious activities and persons.
- Enforce state and federal law and University regulations.
- Conduct both preliminary and in-depth investigations, prepare incident reports, and maintain strict confidentiality of all information gathered.
- Other duties, as assigned.
This position can be called upon to work with other teams and shifts as needed, schedule is subject to change.
Current DPSS police sergeant or current DPSS police officer who has successfully completed the most recent UM EMPCO assessment center process; or Candidate with:
- Minimum of two years of law enforcement supervisory experience
- Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) licensed
- A minimum of 3 years of law enforcement experience
- Considerable knowledge of state and federal law and the University of Michigan Regents Ordinances
- Demonstrated leadership and creative problem solving skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Proven ability to initiate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
- A valid driver's license is required
- Must successfully pass a background, physical, drug screen and psychological examination (if applicable)
- Bachelor's degree
- Five or more years of law enforcement experience
- Prior experience as a Field Training Officer
- Prior experience in specialized assignments
All members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. As such, you are required to report Clery reportable offenses that come to your attention. DPS employees are required to complete Clery Compliance Training within the first 14 days of employment and annually thereafter.
This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Command Officers Association of Michigan, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The selection process will measure the following competencies and will be in accordance with the DPSS Hiring and Selection Order:
- Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Building Trust
- Work Ethic
- Customer Service
The process may include but is not limited to an oral interview, leadership and/or stakeholder interviews, administrative overview, background reviews and any applicable medical components such as drug and psychological screening.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.