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Law Enforcement Services Commander


Plan, direct, supervise, and manage the daily activities of an assigned division within the University Police Department; assist University Police administration with planning and research, budget preparation, personnel matters and supervision, and perform other related duties as assigned.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Assists in the management of services and activities of the University Police Department including planning and research, budget preparation and administration, and supervision.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the delivery of police services; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the daily activities for assigned division, which could be one or more of the following: patrol, investigations, administration, and support service units within the University Police Department.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for assigned staff; assigns and supervises work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff on a regular basis to identify and resolve problems.
  • Works directly with the University Police administration and other Division Commanders to maintain a balanced perspective of priorities in order to provide the university community with the most professional, ethical, cost-effective and responsive police service possible.
  • Prepares staff reports and correspondence as directed and makes presentations to University committees and community groups.
  • Assumes on-scene management of major incidents or investigations
  • Plans and coordinates police response to special events.
  • Conducts personnel investigations, investigates complaints, and recommends disciplinary actions.
  • May have to attend evening meetings, work shifts, be on-call, and take on stand-by duties.

Education and Experience

Masters’ degree in an appropriate area and three years of sworn law enforcement or sworn investigative experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and five years of sworn law enforcement or sworn investigative experience. Vocational /technical training my substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Licensure and Certification

Must meet Florida statutory and Administrative Code requirements. Must meet the requirements of Chapter 943, Florida Statutes.


This position may include supervisory responsibility.

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