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Detroit Transit Police: Chief of People Mover Transit Police Closing Date: March 13, 2024

Work on Michigan's only automated light rail system operating on an elevated track located and connecting Detroit’s Business District. The Detroit People Mover has 13 stations, placing riders steps away from sporting and entertainment venues, restaurants, lodging, landmarks, and more!


Under the general direction of the General Manager, the Chief of People Mover Transit Police is responsible for the daily operations of the hybrid police unit comprised of MCOLES licensed officers and PA 330 officers. Further, the Chief of People Mover Transit Police is responsible for the development, management, and administration of systems necessary to safeguard Detroit Transportation Corporation and Detroit People Mover's assets and ensure the safety of the riding public.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Plans, manages, and coordinates the organization’s security programs and personnel, assuring the safety and protection of customers from criminal activity while riding the Detroit People Mover (DPM)
  • Plans, assigns, and directs activities of Department programs and personnel through direct and delegated supervision, ensuring that established policies, procedures, and programs are developed and implemented
  • Schedules shift assignments, vacations, and training activities for personnel in assigned unit
  • Reviews, develops, and implements policy and procedures, as necessary, to improve department efficiency and effectiveness; Explains and interprets Departmental rules and regulations
  • Serves as the DPM’s official liaison with local State and Federal law enforcement agencies
  • Coordinates the surveillance and patrol of the DPM facilities, guideway, trains, parking lots, and other properties and develops surveillance strategies to safeguard the public, DTC material, and equipment
  • Coordinates and conducts internal/external criminal and non-criminal investigations that impact safeguarding the DPM
  • Interacts and coordinates with various departments and external vendors to ascertain needs and subsequent use of security systems and devices throughout the DPM system
  • Ensures completion of quarterly and annual reports
  • Responsible for ensuring full compliance with approved transit security plans as well as preparing annual updates and required modifications to the plan
  • Assists in developing contract specifications for security products and services and ensures security contractor's compliance with contracts and agreements
  • Conducts security/safety presentations to employees, community organizations, and educational institutions relative to security objectives for the DPM
  • Attends various community functions, developing rapport with various community leaders and the general public as appropriate to facilitate a positive image of the Department and its programs
  • Develops short and long-range strategic plans and procedures relative to the security program
  • Develops annual budgets and work plans consistent with DTC's goals and objectives
  • Monitors the department’s expenditures and ensures development, maintenance, and submission of proper accounting records 
  • Performs investigations under varying circumstances and conditions and ensures that all professional standards and policies are followed
  • Conducts or directs the conduct of internal affairs investigations regarding possible officer misconduct
  • Communicates with co-workers, management, and others in a courteous and professional manner 
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions
  • Conforms with all safety rules and wears/uses all appropriate safety equipment
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Department 
  • Adheres to and fosters/coaches peers and subordinates on matters relating to the department’s Mission and Guiding Principles
  • Appraises performance, rewards, and disciplines Department personnel
  • Supervises department personnel in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws
  • Coaches and mentors departmental staff, encouraging professional development 
  • Participates in the recruitment, testing, selection, background investigation and interviewing of staff
  • Oversees the training of current departmental staff and new hires 
  • Actively solicits feedback from colleagues and supervisor on opportunities for growth and development
  • Prepares, analyzes, and reviews reports, documents, and statistics
  • Incorporates safety into all aspects of job functions
  • Must work within established methods, practices, procedures, and policies of the DTC, DPM, and federal or state laws
  • Creates a safe and inclusive working environment for all team members
  • Collaborates and effectively works with all members of the team
  • Practices open communication and resolves conflicts in a professional manner
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or a related field
  • 10 years of experience in law enforcement 
  • 6 years of experience in police administration at a command leadership level
  • Licensed as a Police Officer (or possess the necessary qualifications to be licensed) and successfully completed mandatory in-service training requirements
  • Combination of education and experience may substitute for minimum requirements


  • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field
  • 8 years of command-level leadership experience
  • Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP), FBI National Academy, or other equivalent executive leadership programs


Starting salary $100,163

Comprehensive Benefit Package

  • Excellent medical and dental 
  • Employer-paid Vision and life insurance
  • Defined Benefit Pension (5 years vesting)
  • 457(b) Plan Option 
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Employee assistance program

To apply

Email a cover letter and resume to 

Questions may be directed to HR Director, Leeya Sutter, at