Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Schedule Information: The police sergeant will primarily be assigned to the 0700-1500 7am - 3pm) shift or 1500-2300 (3pm - 11pm) shift. 

Locations: The Police Sergeant will be assigned to the main campus in Palatine  however, there may be occasions when coverage at the satellite campus in Prospect Heights is needed.

Hours per Week: 40 hours (overtime possible)

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Vacation, Sick, and Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Education Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense.

Work Conditions: While work is primarily indoors, the employee shall maintain appropriate readiness for outside inclement work as required by immediate circumstances. The employee will regularly inspect the entire campus for security and safety issues. Weekend and Holiday work required.

Duties of Position: Responsible for supervision and leadership of a patrol shift. Coordinates the enforcement duties by directing the activities of the patrol shift, and the civilian workforce within the Police Department. Leads and directs the shift efforts in providing services to the college community and the protection of College assets at all two campus locations. Responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, and the Harper College rules, regulations, and policies.

Serves as the Acting Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief and Deputy Chief. 

Manages the criminal investigations and the criminal complaints process. Assists with presenting them in court and assigns officers, as needed.

Manages the midnight shift Community Service Officers, along with sworn personnel.

Assists in the state accreditation ILEAP program.

Conducts Internal Investigations into alleged employee misconduct as directed by the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. Maintains and enforces departmental rules and regulations.

Directs and supervises all activities on a shift within the police department. Participates in the development of policies and procedures for the police department. Continually assigns work, motivates employees, disciplines employees, leads employees, manages tasks, counsels employees, and evaluates employee performance.

Works with deputy chief to ensure proper staffing levels including scheduling leave, training, and filling vacancies.

Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement and serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined in the Clery Act.

Assigns work and determines the appropriate response to the calls for service.

Reviews and approves all written reports for completeness and accuracy. Disseminates critical information to the college community and outside agencies as needed.

Promotes a positive, friendly, and helpful image of the police department to the college community while providing assistance to students, staff, and visitors. Ensures proper training of newly appointed officers. Evaluates subordinate personnel regularly.

Provides for directed traffic control, traffic management, and assures orderly parking arrangements for students, staff, and visitors. Directs staff to enforce parking and traffic complaints by issuing parking citations. citations for moving violations and making arrests as necessary.

Provides leadership and assumes control in responding to all campus emergency situations, including the deployment of personnel following the emergency procedures of the college.

Makes arrests for on-view crimes as necessary and provided for by state statute.

Testifies in Court.

Participates in patrol functions to include responding to calls, providing backup to patrol officers, responding to suspicious calls, identifying, collecting, and preserving physical evidence, and preparing written reports as required.

Conducts internal inspections of the interview room and police department, surrounding buildings and grounds, police vehicles, radios, mandatory uniform and equipment inspections at all campus locations.

Identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures. Identifies resource needs and reviews with police department leadership, and college management as appropriate

Provides input to the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police in the development and administration of the department budget; forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.

Prepare police operational plans for major events. On-Call for emergencies and command notifications. Oversees department personnel assigned to outside task force duties.

Oversees department personnel assigned to outside task force duties.

Provides outside agency copies of police reports including background checks on police applicants.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field or combination of college education and experience or equivalent experience.

Experience Requirements: Prior experience as a law enforcement supervisor.

Required Qualifications: Sworn police officer as defined by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) and experience that includes operational characteristics, services, and activities of a law enforcement program. Modern and complex principles and practices of law enforcement including identification and investigative techniques. Advanced patrol techniques including officer safety skills. Principles and practices of traffic enforcement. Laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of accused persons. Use of firearms and other modern police equipment. Recent court decisions affecting law enforcement. Principles of budget preparation and control. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Modem office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications. Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws. codes and regulations. Navigating the criminal justice system including courts and corrections.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid Illinois Drivers License
  • Valid F.O.I.D. Card

Desired Qualifications: Completion of Supervision of Police Personnel (two-week course) or an equivalent law enforcement supervision course, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer Course, FBI National Academy, or an equivalent intensive leadership and management education course for senior command positions. Experience is the police accreditation process.

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: September 13, 2022.

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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