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Police Sergeant
Simmons University
in Boston, MA

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Type: Full-Time
Posted: 11/21/2022
Category: Police and Public Safety

Police Sergeant Job Summary:
The Sergeant serves as a member of the Public Safety Department management team who creates and maintains a philosophy of team-based community policing, using partnerships with the community and the officers under their supervision to solve problems and prevent disorder and crime. The Sergeant works in partnership with Student Life, Residential Life and many other officers and areas of the University to assure that the community remains a safe and welcoming place in which to learn, work and live.
The Sergeant will devote themselves to promoting the fulfillment of the mission, values, goals and objectives of the Department and the University as a leader of the Public Safety team.
Working within a community policing philosophy and under the supervision of the Lieutenant of Police Operations, a Supervisor/Sergeant:
  • Protects life and property of the members of the University community;
  • Ensures enforcement and compliance with the General Laws of the Commonwealth and the regulations of the University;
  • Maintains total familiarity with all applicable state laws and with the Rules, Regulations, Standard Operations Procedures, General and Special Orders of the Department and assists and instructs personnel under their command in the proper performance of their duties, giving special attention to officers serving probationary periods;
  • Patrols the campus regularly, visiting assigned officers as often as practical to ensure their efficiency;
  • Monitors and supervises the dispatch center and Simmons Hall Security Booth activities to ensure proper communications, efficiency and presence;
  • Investigates all incidents in which on-duty members of the Department are involved;
  • Conducts roll call and inspections of assigned officers, carries out crime prevention programs and completes related work as assigned.
  • Assumes the command as the Officer-In-Charge of shift operations in the absence of any superior officer;
  • Provides leadership, management and mentoring for assigned officers while exemplifying the highest degrees of ethics and integrity;
  • Trains, motivates, mentors, rewards, evaluates and disciplines assigned members of the Public Safety Department on a continuous basis;
  • Provide for the professional development of officers under their command;
  • Accountable for assigned officer efficiency, evaluation, discipline, appearance and general good conduct.
Collaborative & Administrative Duties:
  • Maintains records, logs and file; s/he reports in writing to a superior officer any cases of misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty or violations of Rules, Regulations, Procedures, General or Special Orders on the part of such personnel;
  • Reviews and signs written reports submitted by subordinates, accepting responsibility for the completeness, correctness and accuracy thereof and provides back-up response on all potential disturbances and emergency calls;
  • Works in partnership with other law enforcement and public safety agencies (i.e. Colleges of The Fenway Police and Public Safety Departments; Boston and Massachusetts State Police; Transit Police; Boston Fire, Boston EMS, etc.) to enhance the safety and security of the community;
  • Assists members of the Community in the civil and criminal court process.
Mandatory Position Requirements
  • Applicant must have Graduated from a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) approved police academy and/or obtained a permanent exemption from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Obtain and retain their POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) certification; their Special State Police powers in accordance with M.G.L. ch.22 s. 63; and their Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs powers
  • Applicants must be eligible for appointment as a Special State Police Officer in accordance with M.G.L. ch.22 s. 63
  • Applicants who completed an out-of-state recruit academy must have at least two years police work experience and must apply for a permanent exemption from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) and be approved and accepted by the Massachusetts State Police
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • At least 21 years old
  • Massachusetts Class A License to Carry
  • Massachusetts Driver's License
  • Candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive background check, psychological exam, drug test, and pre-employment medical exam
  • To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, Simmons University requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing, they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience in law enforcement, preferably in a college or university environment
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Active certification in CPR/First Aid/AED
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of ARMS system
  • Military veterans encouraged to apply
Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
The Simmons University Public Safety Department is a 24 hour, 7 days a week operating Department. Officers may be assigned to any of the duty shifts following a four days on two days off rotating schedule. This position is also subject to mandatory overtime under certain circumstances. Holiday and weekend work is required.
The Simmons University Public Safety Department is considered an essential function to Simmons University. This position would require the incumbent to respond during emergency conditions and as such, all Officers may be called back for assignment.
Applicant must be able to obtain and hold a Massachusetts Special State Police license in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 22C s63.
Applicant must be able to successfully complete a comprehensive pre-employment physical, drug screening, psychological testing and background investigation.

*This job description represents an overview of the essential functions of this job. This is not a complete listing of all required duties. Specific duties may vary over time to meet the needs of the University.
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Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
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