Brown University

Job Description:

The Captain reports directly to the Deputy Chief and assumes the duties of the Deputy Chief and VP for Public Safety and Emergency Management in their absence.  They shall be a visible presence within the University community, identifying problems and coordinating and addressing various community policing and problem-solving activities.  The Captain directs and coordinates the activities of all patrol and public safety initiatives within the Department of Public Safety.  They shall respond to the scene of major incidents on campus, providing direction to supervisory and line personnel while coordinating Public Safety activities with those of other University departments and outside agencies.  The Captain plays a key role in the department’s strategic planning, identifying and resolving problems encountered in the delivery of police and public safety services.

Major Responsibility:    Oversee all patrol operations and public safety functions of the Department of Public Safety.  

Provide leadership to command staff and supervisory personnel.  Direct, aid, assist, and instruct personnel in the proper methods of fulfilling their assignments.  Respond to all major crime scenes on campus, directing and coordinating department efforts and responsibilities.   Develop goals and objectives for line operations designed to continuously improve services and promote quality initiatives.  Assist in the development of policies and procedures to maintain consistent and effective operations, while insuring conformity and compliance to the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Ensure consistent application and enforcement of departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.  Ensure all supervisory personnel effectively respond to all instances of neglect of duty or violations of departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Responsible for all personnel matters which may occur within the line operations units.

Oversee development and coordination of major University events and for department sponsored events, including, but not limited to, deployment of officers, coordination with federal, state, and local law enforcement and governmental agencies, and after-event evaluations for future planning needs. Periodic review of written crime and incident reports to insure completeness, accuracy, conformity to FBI Uniform Crime Report procedures, and the regulations of the federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.  Review statistics related to crime rates, crime trends, and incident reports and adjust patrol operations as needed to address areas of criminal activity.   Maintain open communications and positive relations with the appropriate Divisions/Bureaus of the Providence Police Department, the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies to insure effective follow-up of all criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Major Responsibility:     Represent the department and the University in matters related to safety and security to develop relationships, and create an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, and shared communications.

As requested, represent the department and the VP for Public Safety and Emergency Management in meetings with student groups, the various components of Campus Life and Student Services, General Counsel, Facilities Management, other administrative and/or academic departments, the media, the College Hill community, Providence Police and other federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies.  Attend disciplinary decisions group meeting, University Disciplinary Council meetings, and address student and community groups as requested.  Maintain an active and visible presence within the University community, being an active participant on relevant University and local community committees.

Major Responsibility: Promote good relations between the University, the Patrolperson’s Association,  and all members of the department; strengthen cooperativeness and teamwork at all levels; build morale, foster an attitude of recognizing goals and work with personnel to achieve them.

Work with all interested parties to provide and maintain mutually satisfactory terms and conditions of employment.  Assist with negotiating the union contract.  Prevent, adjust, and negotiate misunderstanding or grievances related to employment.   Uphold the University’s discrimination and harassment policy.  Meet monthly with union executive board to facilitate communications.  Maintain a thorough knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement and serve as a resource for supervisory staff.  Resolve conflict and maintain open communication with patrol personnel.

Major Responsibility:      Assist the Deputy Chief and VP for Public Safety and Emergency Management  in the development of problem solving policies, and strategic and long-range planning; initiate training areas related to established strategic and long-range plans, and community and departmental needs; budget preparation for line operations units.

Assume the duties of the Deputy Chief and VP for Public Safety and Emergency Management in their absence.  Initiate and/or work with the members of the department and the University community in defining and implementing problem solving techniques related to law enforcement service delivery.  Assist in the management of the department’s budget by actively monitoring and maintaining personnel, equipment, and operating expenditures for patrol and public safety operations within established limits.


Licensable by RI State Police under RI General Law 12.2.1.

  • Graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy or other recognized police training academy.
  • Must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree; Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field preferred.
  • Ten plus years’ progressive and broad based experience in law enforcement.
  • Experience in a university or campus setting, or knowledge of community policing; working with an ethnically diverse community and union population are desirable. A demonstrated record of positive community and public relations is important.
  • Must be a proven manager with five plus year’s management experience in a law enforcement setting.
  • Must have the ability to take command of any situation.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Additionally, must have demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and team build.
  • Must have a strong commitment to promoting institutional diversity and inclusion.
  • Must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.

Brown University, Department of Public Safety, conducts pre-employment screening for all positions. Positions are sensitive positions that require the successful completion of a background investigation, including fingerprinting. A background check will consist of a background investigation, medical and psychological assessment, and drug screening. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of all background checks. A Department of Motor Vehicle check will also be conducted.

Application review will begin on February 12, 2024 and will remain open until this position is filled.

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Public Safety Office of the Chief

Grade 12

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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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