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Oakland Community College: College Public Safety Lieutenant Closing Date: December 3, 2023

Summary of Purpose

Provides management, leadership, and direction to maintain effective and efficient day-to-day operation of Public Safety Department across multiple campuses.  Manages safety of public and community and supervises the duties of the Public Safety Officers and part-time Reserve Officers.  Maintains relationships with local police, fire, and other emergency response entities.  Oversees preparation of investigations of court cases.  Incumbents in this position must be MCOLES certified.  This position has college-wide authority with campus-specific responsibilities, may be required work on various shifts, and is expected to work in a multi-cultural diverse working environment.

Typical Duties

  • This description is intended to indicate the types of duties and responsibilities requested of the employee assigned this title. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required: 
  • Oversees preparation and processing of daily activity logs, work orders, public safety records, and statistical data; ensures public safety personnel adhere to and meet mandates by state and federal acts such as the Clery Act, Title IX, and Michigan Criminal Law.
  • Supervises and evaluates public safety personnel including the assignment and distribution of duties, training requirements, monitoring performance, and rendering decisions on sick and vacation leave requests.
  • Utilizes various software and data analyses to spot trends, maximize personnel assignments, and leverage effective law enforcement measures and risk management to combat crime and serve the College community.
  • Reviews and approves all incident, accident, and criminal reports.
  • May serve as the Acting Chief of Public Safety in the Chief's absence.
  • Recommends training needs and coordinates such training for public safety personnel as well as the College community; maintains equipment.
  • Coordinates security for the College to include access control, alarm response, and closed circuit television system; supervises traffic control and parking enforcement; oversees and controls individuals participating in special events; coordinates executive protection details for visiting dignitaries.
  • Oversees investigations ensuring that cases are properly processed through the criminal justice system; assures proper enforcement of the law on College properties.
  • Serves as liaison with local emergency response entities; implements emergency response plan and utilizes incident command system and respond to calls, as necessary; directs building marshal program and trains building marshals.
  • Participates in college wide training programs, security reviews/recommendations, policy review/development, operational planning, and advisory committees.
  • Develops and manages campus public safety budgets; reviews and requests capital expenditures based on overall departmental needs.
  • Acts as network administrator for Public Safety database and report writing systems; manages LEIN/CLEMIS operations, mobile data computers, and photo identification; manages and utilizes various databases and trains others in its appropriate use. 
  • Communicates and provides direction to College administration.
  • Develops and delivers presentations to the College and community groups.
  • Develops relationships with local first responders and aids local, county, state, and federal agencies as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.
  • Ability to work additional hours, as needed.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Knowledge of public safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Knowledge of local, state, federal, criminal, and civil laws
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles
  • Skill in listening, verbal and written communication, and public speaking
  • Skill in use of firearms
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of relevant state and local criminal and civil law
  • Skill in public relations
  • Community oriented policing

Minimum Education and Experience

Associate's degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice or related field; Bachelor's degree preferred.  Must be licensed through MCOLES.


Eight (8) years of experience as a sworn (certified or commissioned) law enforcement officer including supervisory experience in law enforcement with a current Michigan driver's license.