Police Commander

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Law Enforcement/Security
Functional Areas: Infrastructure & Sustainability
Department: University of Colorado Police Department
Requisition Number: 14753
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 21-Dec-2018

Job Summary

Are you interested in becoming a Police Commander with the CU Boulder Police Department? We are currently accepting applications for Police Commanders.

Under the executive direction of the Chief of Police, the Commander of the Police Services Division or the Support Services Division is responsible for administrative, operational and fiscal oversight of assigned programs providing a broad range of police and safety related services to the University of Colorado Boulder campus. This position supports the Chief with achieving organizational strategies and objectives and recommends operational and technological improvements. This position is responsible for directing and reviewing the work of sworn and non-sworn personnel performing law enforcement and support activities focusing on Patrol, Investigations, CSO Housing, Training, Support Services and the Professional Standards Bureau. This position serves as the appointing authority for all staff positions as delegated by the Chief of Police for the Colorado Police Department.

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department is a full-service police agency that provides a variety of police services to the university community including: 24/7/365 police patrol, criminal case investigations, facility and residential security, crime prevention programs, victim rights amendment compliance and social program referrals, traffic and parking code enforcement, emergency and disaster preparedness planning, hostile threat assessment and response, and event security oversight. The University of Colorado-Boulder police officers are armed and authorized to make arrests, issue summonses/citations and execute arrest and search warrants. Criminal cases investigated by the CUPD are forwarded directly to state (District Attorney) and municipal (City Attorney) prosecutorial authorities for review and filing of charges.

University police officers’ authority to act as "peace officers" as defined in Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) 16-2.5-101 and (CRS) 16-2.5-148 is based in authority vested in the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents by CRS 23-5-106. University of Colorado police officers are commissioned under state authority as defined in CRS 24-7.5-101 through 106, and are issued City of Boulder, Colorado Police Commissions.

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and to improve the safety and quality of life for all CU affiliates. The CUPD is a full-service police agency with 46 sworn and 36 non-sworn employees providing community-based public safety services to a diverse community of 36,000 affiliates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Every year the department responds to approximately 20,000 calls for service and ensures the safety and security for all of their PAC-12 Conference athletic events with attendance at football games exceeding 50,000 fans. Patrolling the campus by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, and vehicle, the CU-Boulder police work diligently with the University community and surrounding agencies to ensure a prompt and coordinated law enforcement response.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Management/Leadership Supervision

  • Responsible for the development of strategies and plans to improve work process efficiencies for the assigned divisions, bureaus and units.
  • Provide timely direction to subordinates and staff.
  • Share performance expectations and goals with subordinates to ensure understanding of priorities and philosophies in support of goal completion.
  • Appropriately delegates authority and responsibility to subordinates.
  • Develop strategic goals and visions for divisions, bureaus and units.
  • Execute plans, delivers on commitments and meets deadlines.
  • Make decisions that lead to organizational success; promotes development of legally sound and ethical culture.
  • Support effective supervision and guidance regarding work problem resolution and task prioritization.
  • This position evaluates the performance of assigned staff, monitors budgetary expenses and assists in the preparation of department budget, attends various meetings and seminars as required, assists in criminal investigations when required, counsels personnel and initiates disciplinary actions as necessary.

Unit Oversight and Direction

  • Provides leadership and supervision to Sergeants and Officers in assigned unit operations by directing and managing the daily work efforts of the individuals assigned to the unit. Identifies problems, resolves problems and coordinates the use of division assets to accomplish the mission of the department in coordination with their peer incumbents. The Commander is responsible for the quality of work products and reporting completed by unit personnel. Represents the bureau at the department operations level, with other criminal justice agencies and users of the bureau services in the campus community.
  • Patrol Unit
    • Responsible for oversight of Patrol units working variable shifts.
    • Incumbent is expected to provide effective leadership and direction to the patrol troops regarding the development of community service oriented police operations and programs.
    • Ensure that the progress towards use of strategic initiatives in support of overarching goals is a priority for patrol operations.
    • Maintain situational awareness of efforts undertaken at the line level for potential service adjustments to meet the needs of the community and/or crime suppression, investigations and security programs.
    • Respond to large-scale incidents or events and assists with complex investigations as needed.
  • Training Unit
    • Responsible for oversight of the training function.
    • Assure all employees are properly trained to meet required standards and the needs of the University of Colorado Boulder community.
    • Identify training needs in the department and assesses efficacy of current programs.
    • Oversee the Field Training Program for newly hired officers and assists as appropriate with training programs and initiatives for non-sworn staff.
  • Investigations Unit
    • Responsible for oversight of criminal and administrative investigations into alleged violations of law or the Student Conduct Code that occur on university property, or within its statutory jurisdiction. In cooperation with other local and state agencies, the CUPD also has authority to conduct investigations in other areas, and beyond, when the need arises. Incumbent routinely works with the Boulder Police Department, Boulder Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, and various other state and federal agencies.
  • Community Safety Official / Housing Unit
    • Responsible for oversight of the CSO Housing Unit to ensure security and safety operations related to staff deployments in the residential communities or academic buildings.
  • Professional Standards Bureau
    • Responsible for oversight of the Professional Standards Bureau, which conducts internal and administrative investigations, performance audits and pre-employment background investigations on police officer candidates.
  • The Police Records and Property and Evidence
    • Oversee the Records, Property & Evidence unit to include accurate record keeping, staffing and training, adherence to prevailing police practices and strategic direction.
  • The Information and Technology Services Division
    • Oversee the Information Technology Unit to further develop tools for internal and collaborative efforts with University affiliates and departments while exploring efficient methods to provide progressive and potential sharing innovations for technology advancements within the Police Department and University.
  • The Communications Management Section
    • Oversee the Communications unit, their staffing, technology support, and the strategic direction of the group.
  • Clery/Crime Analyst
    • Oversee daily, ongoing, and annual duties related to the Clery Act compliance for the CU Boulder campus and crime analyst activities for CUPD.
  • Accounting
    • Oversee all aspects of accounting and financial reporting for the CUPD including compliance with applicable policies, procedures, rules regulations, integrity of financial data collected and maintained in the department’s information systems.

Campus Safety and Emergency Management

  • Program policies and procedures promoting campus safety.
  • Plan providing for the security of events held at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Plan providing for police support of campus emergency and disaster preparedness strategies.
  • Assessment of, and planning providing for responses to, hostile threats directed at the campus community.
  • Collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to promote the effective application of area law enforcement resources in support of the campus community’s safety and security, and the effective investigation of criminal occurrences affecting the campus community and its affiliates.

Performance Management

  • Oversee of employee performance and policy compliance to ensure positive and negative discipline is maintained.

Internal Investigations

  • Oversee of investigations of citizen complaints regarding the conduct of officers assigned to the Police Services Division.

What You Should Know

  • This position requires rotational schedule including shift work, weekends and holidays on occasion. Due to the on-call nature of the position, the position may be required to respond to civic disruptions and emergencies.
  • This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shift during emergency campus closures.
  • Note: Finalists will be requested to complete a Personal History Questionnaire at a later date with CUPD and will be scheduled for a polygraph test, a psychological test, a job-related skills assessment and a full background/personal investigation will be conducted. The polygraph will entail disclosure of drug usage and use of illegal substances (including marijuana) could result in disqualification.
  • Positions are subject to a background investigation in accordance with the administrative procedures of the State Personnel Director. A full background/personal investigation will be conducted in accordance with section 24-31-303 (5)(b), C.R.S. and P.O.S.T. requirements. Failure to pass any portion of the background check may result in the withdrawal of a conditional offer of employment.
  • Our campus is a drug-free and alcohol-free workplace.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated salary range starts at $115,000, commensurate with experience, education, and training.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Possession of current Colorado POST certification (or ability to obtain such within six months of hire), a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the assignment AND five years supervisory experience at Colorado POST certified Police Officer III level (equivalent to sergeant) or higher, which includes experience supervising subordinate peace officers.
    • Law enforcement experience appropriate to the assignment may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age; possess a valid Driver License and no:
    • Felony convictions.
    • Domestic violence convictions.
    • Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
    • Alcohol/drug related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 or within the last ten years.
  • Note: Physical and psychological evaluations are required in accordance with section 16-2.5-102, C.R.S

What You Will Need

  • Exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills in dealing with subordinates, supervisors and the general public.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of university law enforcement, including knowledge of criminal laws, rules of evidence and community policing principles.
  • Knowledge of Clery Act, FERPA, applicable sections of title VII, IX, and other federal rules and regulations and how they relate to the operations of a university police department.
  • Knowledge and experience of supervisory techniques, management principles, and police organizational leadership.
  • Knowledge of physical security technology.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan, direct and evaluate the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and assess goals and departmental objectives and to communicate through written policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and exhibit leadership in sensitive and emergency situations and making critical decisions.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate police officers.
  • Ability to think and act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Ability to pass the police job performance test.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate from a police command training academy or school.
  • Graduate Degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Management or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating program effectiveness and efficiency using data and metrics.
  • Experience working in a full service police agency at a larger (20,000+ student population) urban university or community.
  • Demonstrated responsibility for fiscal oversight for agency programs or operating areas.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1.A current resume.

2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 12/21/18 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated "essential services." The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 12/8/2018
Application Due: 12/9/2018
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