Police Lieutenant

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-06
Req: R0019052

The University of Virginia Police Department is seeking diverse, professional candidates to join our team at the rank of Police Lieutenant. As a police lieutenant at one of the nation’s top public universities, you will be serving in a vibrant community with a variety of culture, recreation and entertainment opportunities – suitable for families and young professionals.

UPD police officers provide daily enforcement and security services as well as coverage for major events including national championship Division 1 athletic teams and world-renowned VIP guest visits to grounds.

The department is comprised of 76 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn security officers and 30 civilian employees advancing our fair, impartial and community policing mission at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. UPD officers serve the UVA medical center which was voted the top hospital in Virginia in 2019 and hosts the only level 1 trauma center in the region and our academic grounds. Our service area community encompasses a diverse population of nearly 60,000 students, faculty, patients and visitors on any given day.

UPD takes pride in being a leader in community-focused, contemporary law enforcement standards and practices. The department promotes professional development of our team members and encourages them to introduce creative and innovative ways to promote public safety, engage the community and be a leader on grounds. UPD is committed to public safety based on the constitutional idea of justice where every person will be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

The police lieutenant reports through the chain of command to a Captain or Deputy Chief and supervises, plans, coordinates and oversees the activities and operations of staff assigned to one of the four divisions of the department including but not limited to: patrol, investigations, administrative, medical center.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Engage in policing through fair and impartial practices. Decisions and enforcement will not be predicated on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Directs personnel to assure the proper performance of duties and adherence to established rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Prepares required correspondence and reports and maintains records relating to department activities.
  • Provides planning, organizing, monitoring and controlling of a variety of law enforcement or security functions, programs/projects, and related activities.
  • Plans work schedules, prepares reports and develops policy.
  • Coordinates emergency responses to disasters and other emergency incidents on grounds or at the medical center.
  • Performs “Incident Command” responsibilities and assists as needed in the emergency operations center (grounds or medical center).
  • Conducts internal investigations and background investigations as assigned by the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police.
  • Works closely with all internal and external stakeholders to ensure an effective working relationship.
  • Works closely with other law enforcement agencies to further public safety or law enforcement interests.
  • Participates in the development of goals, objectives, priorities and strategic plans.
  • Represents the department at a variety of public functions.
  • Responsible for carrying out the mission of the department and promoting the core values of the department.
  • Analyzes administrative and organizational problems and makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to difficult situations.


  • Applicants must be DCJS certified Law Enforcement Officer in State of Virginia (or have the ability to obtain certification within six months of hire).
  • At least 4-7 years of law enforcement experience, with 2-4 years as a first line supervisor.
  • Applicants must be currently employed at the rank of Sergeant or higher in a mid-sized agency. Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication skills is essential.
  • A valid Virginia driver’s license with a positive point balance is required, out of state applicants will be required to obtain a Virginia license by the start date.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check, drug screen, and health assessment at time of offer per University Policy.


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0019052". Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs, "R0019052" complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box or you can combine them into one PDF.

Complete an application online and attach:


·Cover Letter

·Contact information for 3 references

***Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin at rmo2r@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 10/8/2020
Application Due: 1/6/2021
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