Job description

Target Hire Date
10/26/2020 - 2 months to go
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The Detective works directly for the Day Shift Sergeant and is responsible for follow-up investigations as assigned by command staff members. Reviews reports daily to determine those that warrant further investigation. Works in partnership with the Emerson community assisting those members who are seeking protective orders e.g. Domestic Violence Prevention, Dating Violence Prevention, Harassment Prevention etc. in navigating activities with other law enforcement agencies.

The Detective acts as the department court officer and oversees the department's evidence collection, storage and destruction activities to ensure adherence to department/college policies and procedures, department orders and state laws. Conducts initial employment personnel investigations as instructed. Accomplishes assignments per specific instructions, but their regularly assigned duties require considerable independence. Works closely and collaboratively with community members and groups, other Emerson College departments that deal with public safety issues, Boston police and fire, emergency medical services, the court system, and the larger surrounding community.

Job Duties:

  • Respond to significant calls for assistance from the community as directed
  • Identify and/or apprehend crime suspects, making arrests as necessary
  • Cooperate with and the principal liaison officer to other police agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses connected to campus incidents
  • Complete both mandated (e.g. CPR, Defensive Tactics, etc.) and specialized (e.g. emergency management, investigative techniques, crime analysis, etc.) training assignments
  • Work in partnership with campus stakeholders, liaise with community groups and individuals
  • Enter and retrieve data from a variety of computer software programs
  • Assist Director/Chief in establishing procedures by making recommendations regarding changes or improvements in Department operations
  • Represent the Department at meetings as required
  • Department's Crime Prevention Officer, responsible for assessing crime trends that impact the campus and publishing associated bulletins for the community
  • Provide fingerprint services as necessary to community members as needed
  • Functions as a patrol officer in situations as directed by the Chief of Police

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:
  • Conduct follow-up investigations, gather evidence, take statements in compliance with relevant statutory and constitutional legal requirements
  • Maintain all records concerning collection, storage and disposal of evidence, property and contraband associated with department investigations
  • Act as the department's prosecutor and court officer(Property/Evidence Officer)
  • Conduct all background investigations for prospective employees

Essential Requirements:

  • Previous investigative experience required, including interview and interrogation skills, preferably in a college environment
  • Thorough understanding of Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and the Massachusetts court system;
  • Previous experience collecting evidence from IP Camera systems
  • Possess and demonstrate ethical behavior, integrity and ability to accept responsibility for completing assigned duties
  • Ability to utilize the judgment to make good decisions and engage in problem-solving
  • Ability to multi-task well, be resourceful, and show initiative
  • Ability to work in dangerous and stressful situations
  • Possess analytical skill in interpreting and applying laws, regulations and policies to factual situations
  • Strong commitment to service and the ability to establish effective working relationships with all members of a culturally diverse institution
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;(report writing examples will be required)
  • Possess excellent organization abilities and be a highly motivated, adaptable, team player
  • Associate's Degree from an accredited college, Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Ability to obtain a valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator's license and the ability to be insured by the College's automobile liability insurer
  • Ability to be warranted as a Special State Police Officer by Massachusetts State Police
  • Successful completion of various fit for duty assessments; including a comprehensive background investigation, a psychological evaluation, and a medical examination

Must meet the April 1, 2020 State Police requirements for obtaining Special State Police Officer powers as listed in 515 CMR 5.04: “General Standards for Appointment, (1) Applicant. Must not be less than 19 years old, a United States citizen, and an employee of an agency described in M.G.L. c. 22C, s56 through 68.”Training in a Municipal or State Police academy or Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and 372.5 hours training at a Reserve Intermittent Academy

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to remain on feet for extended periods, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, and climb stairs, balance, walk, and run
  • Must be able to access all facilities, on foot, to respond to emergency calls for service to include the upper-most floors of campus buildings when elevators are not available
  • Must be able to conduct visual surveillance of individuals and surroundings
  • Must be physically able to operate Department equipment
  • Work includes exposure to elements, severe weather/ temperatures and loud noises
  • Work environment can exposure one to hazards and physical risks to personal safety
  • Must be physically fit and able to defend community members and one's self from attack or physical assault
  • Must be able to wear the required uniform
  • Must be able to work different shifts, including weekends, holidays, and overtime shifts as required

Please note: This position has additional funding available for those with the proper qualifications and experiences roughly equivalent to $63,000 annually.

Grade of Position: A15N40

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40.00

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Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: [email protected]

Annual Clery Report
n accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/29/2020
Application Due: 12/29/2032
Work Type: Full Time