Chief of Police - Suffolk University Police and Security

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Summary of Position: 

The Chief is responsible for the leadership, management and administration of the Suffolk University Police and Security Department to ensure the safety of members of the University community and the security of University property.  The Chief is responsible for development of departmental policy and procedure; oversight of the management of responses to complaints/incidents; collaboration with other departments such as dean of students’ offices, residence life, risk management, facilities management, environmental health and safety and the general counsel’s office to develop university wide policies involving public safety and security issues; adherence to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement for police and security officers; establishment of effective relationships with local, transit, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; compilation and maintenance of statistical information required for all state and federal regulatory and mandated reporting, including Clery Act. Lastly, the Chief is expected to lead, promote, and support SUPD as a comprehensive, customer-sensitive law enforcement agency within the physical boundaries of Suffolk University.


Principal Responsibilities: 


  • Develops short and long range strategic goals for the University Police and Security Department.  Keeps up to date on changing and/or emerging laws and trends as they relate to the department’s goals and mission.  Develops, recommends and implements departmental policies and procedures, insuring that policy is in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations as well as with the University’s philosophy.
  • Works with other university departments such as the dean of students’ offices, residence life, risk management, environmental health and safety, the general counsel’s office to develop University wide policies involving public safety or security issues.  Works with appropriate departments to ensure that building construction and /or renovations are attuned to public safety and security needs.
  • Oversees all responses to complaints/incidents and reviews written reports from such complaints/incidents.  Directs and oversees follow-up investigations as needed.  Provides report for supervisor on incidents, investigations and outcomes.
  • Provides management, guidance, training and evaluation to the department’s supervisory officers and to the bargaining unit employees.  These responsibilities include hiring, firing, disciplining, training, promoting and evaluating employees.
  • Ensures adherence to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement for police and security officers.  Resolves union conflicts and grievances as necessary.
  • Establishes, cultivates and maintains effective relationships with federal, state, transit and local law enforcement agencies (including local higher education institutions) as well as with various members of the university community who have an impact on security and public safety operations.
  • Ensures the establishment, maintenance and presentation of effective crime prevention and public safety programs for the university community.
  • Ensures the collection and maintenance of all statistical information related to crime on campus to comply with all reporting requirements as outlined in pertinent state and federal government regulations (ie. Clery Act).
  • Serves on the Incident Command System (ICS) team and on the core ICS team
  • Develops, maintains and ensures the prudent management of the departmental budget.
  • Promote and support a team environment focused on exceptional customer service for the successful development and implementation of campus law enforcement services for the University.
  • Promote the department’s vision and mission, in support of the Suffolk University mission.


  • Be eligible for appointment as a Special Police Officer under Chapter 22-C, Section 63 of Massachusetts General Law.
  • At least ten years experience as a police officer (preferably in a higher education setting) including significant managerial and supervisory experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of federal/state laws and regulations specifically related to University police and security functions.(FERPA, Freedom of Information Act, Clery Act, Patriot Act)
  • Must have experience with Human Resource and Labor Laws, in collective bargaining, OSHA standards, and education law. 
  • Experience with crisis management and emergency communications, along with experience in team-based problem solving.
  • Excellent communication, managerial and organizational skills.
  • Successfully completed a Campus Police Academy or similar program.
  • Massachusetts driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • 40 hour/week.  Must be available at other hours for emergency response.

Physical activities include but are not limited to:

  • Sitting and standing for extended periods of time
  • Walking and running as needed
  • Walking up and down stairs
  • Physically detaining a human being under the direction of a police officer or otherwise.
  • Lifting a human being as needed
  • Pulling/ pushing a human being

Work environment:

  • Ability to utilize human senses, sight, sound, touch, taste, smell.
  • Ability to work inside and outside of building during all types of weather
  • Ability to work all hours of the day 24/7
  • Ability to work over 8 hour shifts up to including as long as needed
  • Ability to sit or stand at a location for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk for extended periods of times.