Qualifications and Characteristics
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is seeking a collaborative, energetic, and strategic chief of police who has a bachelor’s degree (master’s or terminal degree preferred) and a minimum of ten years of law enforcement experience, including four years of recent experience at the command level (Lieutenant or equivalent, or higher rank). The successful candidate will possess: evidence of effective leadership and management skills within a law enforcement environment including supervision, coordination, motivation, delegation, and involvement of others in decision making; effective budget management skills; demonstrated commitment to and track record of success related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; in-depth understanding of first amendment and social justice issues; experience with prevention and response to sexual violence and sensitive crimes; and familiarity with community policing, coupled with a track record of effectively infusing these critical 21st century policing values into the culture and training of their staff/department. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and authentically with a range of different stakeholders in a complex organization or environment, including mature listening, verbal, and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with external media organizations; and demonstrated ability to proactively establish positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other diverse and dynamic constituencies are also required. Preferred qualifications include experience on a college or university campus.
Further qualifications as outlined in the institutional position description are as follows:
Ensure that staffing requirements are properly fulfilled, employment opportunities are maximized, and employees achieve high standards of training
Special emphasis is placed on actively promoting diversity among sworn police officers, including efforts to recruit and retain officers of color and female officers, which are groups often underrepresented in law enforcement, and creating and maintaining an environment that is inclusive and equitable, free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The new chief will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing a professional staff that provides best-of-class service to the UWM community.
Maintain overall responsibility for department budget and expenditures
The new chief will assess and organize departmental resources regarding personnel, vehicles, communications equipment, facilities, hardware, and supplies to ensure that they are available and adequate to meet mission requirements and to deal with emergencies.
Proactively interact with members of the university community, as well as informally with neighborhood communities, to build relationships and work together on matters of mutual concern
Matters of mutual concern include, but are not limited to, safety, security, and crime prevention; matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion; social justice and first amendment issues; sexual assault and other sensitive crimes; emergency preparedness; and risk/threat mitigation. These interactions may include face-to-face and other communications with the Chancellor and Chancellor’s Cabinet, leaders of schools, colleges, and divisions, student and faculty/staff governance groups and committees. Interactions may also include partnering with Student Affairs departments such as the Dean of Students, Student Health, Housing, and neighborhood associations. In addition, the new chief will regularly participate in meetings with the newly established UWM Police Community Advisory Committee and foster police command staff and officer involvement in university activities and committees to promote engagement of the police department in the university community.
Interact with counterparts in the University of Wisconsin System and directors of other police and public safety departments of urban campuses from across the country
The new chief will communicate with government officials outside the university system. This includes regular meetings with police chiefs, officials of federal and state law enforcement agencies and other appropriate emergency service providers in southeastern Wisconsin, as well as maintaining relationships and communications with neighboring police departments including Milwaukee and Shorewood Police Departments, in a manner that is transparent to the UWM community.
Lead support of campus development of, and training on, emergency response and continuity of operations plans in coordination with other involved campus departments
The new chief will periodically coordinate tabletop and other training on these plans and will partner with the Dean of Students Office and others on development of the Clery Act statistics and drafting of an Annual Security Report.
Be available on a 24-hour basis and develop others to substitute as the chief’s designee when unavailable
The new chief will be available to personally monitor or oversee any involvement in a major event or response to a serious threat, crime, or emergency. This includes bomb threats, hazardous incidents, civil disturbances or disruptive assemblies, major felonies, suicides, fires, and/or other potentially life-threatening situations.
Take proactive measures to reduce departmental liability in civil or criminal actions
The new chief will accomplish this by regularly conferring with the Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Human Resources, UWM Shared Services Center, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, City of Milwaukee Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Affairs.
Personally respond to directives from the Vice Chancellor’s office or the Chancellor’s office
The new chief will respond to directives to provide special police services, such as active management of campus emergencies or crises and will complete all appropriate reports and production of data that are required and/or would be commensurate with a director-level position.
Additional capabilities and attributes identified as important by UWM stakeholders include the following:
- understands the climate on college campuses and works to gain understanding of student needs and issues;
- possess a demeanor that can remain calm and focused in crisis management;
- have a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and concern for others, including the ability to navigate controversy with civility and respect;
- possess a demonstrated knowledge of policy, legal issues, and crisis/emergency management;
- be a strong collaborator who is able to work with administration, as well as faculty, staff, and students;
- be approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of university life;
- be able to generate innovative solutions to complex problems;
- be a visionary who can get in front of trends and issues related to campus safety/policing;
- possess a communication style that builds trust, collaboration, and encourages team building;
- demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty and staff;
- articulate a sophisticated understanding of current campus safety trends and best practices.