Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Town of East Haven, Connecticut is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as Chief of Police and provide direction and leadership to the East Haven Police Department and the community in creating a safe and secure Town. 

The Town.  East Haven, a town of approximately 30,000 population in 12 square miles, is a suburban residential community adjoining New Haven, a Town of almost 130,000 and a part of a metropolitan area of over 570,000.   It is 60 miles from New York Town on Long Island Sound.  The population is largely working class individuals who settled in East Haven to be away from the urban bustle of New Haven and other urban communities.  Quality of life issues are important to residents of the town, and they expect good quality public services.
The town is near a number of educational institutions, including Yale University and the University of New Haven, which has a strong criminal justice program.
When thinking about policing, residents most commonly mention the importance of honesty, and integrity and communication, as the most important characteristics they feel are most important.  There is strong support for the police department in any segments of the community.
The chief executive of the town is the Mayor, elected for a term of two years.  He is the appointing authority for department heads.  There is a Police Commission that oversees personnel and policy matters relating to the Police Department and is the appointing authority for all police employees except for the Chief of Police, who is appointed by the Mayor.
The police department has come under intense scrutiny during the last year due to allegations of improper police actions toward some persons.  This has had a demoralizing effect on many officers and the department is challenged to recover from these incidents and move toward excellence in policing.  The new Chief of Police will lead that reformation process, which has begun under an Interim Chief.
Crime in East Haven is fairly low and reflects the residential nature of the community.
The Position. The Chief of Police heads a department with an authorized strength of 53 sworn officers and 4.5 non-sworn. The operating budget for the Police Department for fiscal year 2011-12 is over $6 million.
The successful candidate will possess strong management and communications skills and be able to develop and sustain relationships of trust with all segments of the East Haven community.  He or she will have a strong labor relations background, and be able to demonstrate experience in interfacing with a diverse population in a manner that builds trust in policing matters.  Key characteristics of the successful candidate are the following:
  • A strong leader who will hold employees and units within the Department accountable for their actions and performance; leading by example.
  • Understand and engage with the numerous communities and neighborhoods within East Haven; if an outsider, to get to know the Town well and quickly, establishing relationships of trust with all groups who reside in the town
  • Be able to educate the East Haven community about good police policy and procedure and their role in sharing responsibility for achieving that state, as well as the importance of preventing crime as a key objective.
  • Ensure that policing is carried out in an impartial manner, without bias by any member of the department, with full transparency about policing strategies and tactics, all aimed at building trust in policing and legitimacy of police as perceived and experienced by for all groups.
  • Ensure that every member of the department treats every person with whom they come in contact with is treated in a respectful manner, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Keep the Police Commission fully informed as to police activities, department challenges and projected solutions to problems.
  • Communicate honestly and clearly with the Town leadership and the community, as well as internally within the Department, regarding expectations, achievements and policing challenges.
  • Effectively manage the budget; to innovate and provide better service within a constrained budget environment.
  • Implement a plan of action that will address all the issues raised by the investigation and complaints brought by the United States Department of Justice in a manner that is sustainable over the longer term; with regular reporting on progress toward each element of that plan
  • Beyond the issues raised by the U. S. Department of Justice, needs to develop a strategic vision for the department going forward over the next 3-5 years, including upgrades in technology, data generation, analysis, and use
  • Needs to demonstrate impartiality, fairness and good judgment, especially in dealing with personnel and disciplinary issues.
  • Restore a sense of trust within the department, to reengage with middle managers and first line supervisors
  • Reach decisions and implement change carefully, and at a measured pace, after appropriate consultations.
  • Work with other Town department heads, departments, and external agencies to develop and implement interdisciplinary responses to community problems.
  • Manage with a high level of interpersonal skill, emotional intelligence while promoting a team approach
All applicants must be able to meet Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) certification guidelines; have at least ten (10) years of experience in a law enforcement agency, including at least three (3) years as of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience; must have policing experience in a diverse environment comparable to East Haven; while an MS in criminal justice or related field is preferred, must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  Ability to speak Spanish will be viewed as positive attribute.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is negotiable, based on the candidate's experience and qualifications.  Excellent fringe benefits are provided, including health, dental and life insurance The Town also provides an excellent benefits package.
To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter setting forth their qualifications and contact information to no later than 5 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 19, 2012.
The Town of East Haven is being assisted in this search by the Strategic Policy Partnership, Box 577, West Tisbury, Massachusetts 02575. 508-693-8571.
The Town of East Haven is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the workforce.
PERF is not assisting with this search. Please direct all questions to Robert Wasserman, Chairman of Strategic Policy Partnership, at 508-693-8571 or

Job posting

New position

Asst Dir, Public Safety / Asst Police Chief
About the Position:  WWU invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for Public Safety / Assistant Police Chief.  The Assistant Director / Assistant Police Chief reports to and works in partnership with the Director for Public Safety / University Police Chief in managing the department’s operations including Parking Services, Lockshop, Sustainable Transportation, and Police Operations.
Provide effective and efficient law enforcement and public safety services to the citizens of the University community. Responsible for managing a staff of approximately 40 employees who are responsible for providing these services while maintaining exemplary professional standards.  Receive and respond, or oversee the response, to citizen complaints concerning misconduct, rule violation, and/or other special confidential investigation requests; examine personnel and case records to ensure that personnel conform to prescribed standards of conduct; conduct in-depth cases analyses and make disciplinary recommendations to the Chief, if applicable; oversee the department’s training, recruitment/selection and accreditation efforts; prepare periodic reports; monitor staffing and take command in emergencies in civil disorders or disasters; and perform other related duties.  Assist the Chief in the development and control of the annual budget.  Second in command of the Department of Public Safety and to assume command of the Department in the absence of the Chief.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide leadership to a multi-facted organization.  Plan, direct and manage the operations of Patrol and Support Services and over the entire department in the absence of the Chief of Police. Assist Chief in the development and control of the annual budget including monitoring expenditures, making projections and preparing budget documents. Assist Chief in the formulation and implementation of  departmental policy, procedures, rules, regulations and programs.
Monitor department operations by attending various meetings and by regularly reviewing schedules, timesheets, criminal reports, operational reports and other department activity reports for quality and approval.
Evaluate subordinate performance; participate in personnel actions such as appointments, promotions, demotions, discipline and scheduling; reviews crime trends.  Participate in the recruitment and placement of personnel, assign background investigations on candidates that successfully complete the selection process.
Supervise the efforts of department personnel to conduct departmental self-assessment and related accreditation activities.
Foster communications and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, departments and personnel.
Respond to scenes of major crimes, emergency situations or other critical incidents and supports or directs activities as necessary.
Conduct University investigations in coordination with other University departments, such as the Internal Audit Office and the Equal Opportunity Office on sensitive matters.
Monitor compliance to departmental and University policies and procedures, example: ADA requirements.  Responsible for publishing the Department’s annual report, and the Annual Security Report information to the Dean of Students Office as part of Clery Act compliance.
Oversees the training for all Department personnel.
Serve as the Department’s public information officer in the absence of the Chief.
Participate in labor/management relations and negotiations.
Manage all investigations conducted within the Department of Public Safety.
Preferred Qualifications:
 Salary: This is a full-time, 12 month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Closing Date:  September 5, 2012
Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also have easy access to urban attractions. Western enrolls 14,979 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was recently named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in the publication’s 2011 college rankings. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity and innovation.
Application Instructions and Requested Documents:  The application process at Western is done entirely online. To submit your application via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in at provide the information listed below. (Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize the online application system.)  Requested information:  A resume and cover letter addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities and to the required and preferred qualifications; and contact information for three references are to be submitted electronically as explained in the EASE application procedure.  The position closes on September 5, 2012.  For more information, please visit the division’s website at: Potential applicants may inquire confidentially to
WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360) 650-3774. 
  • Master's degree
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy or similar type executive training program
  • Experience in higher education policing
  • Working knowledge of Public Safety-related software / applications
  • Working knowledge of budget development and control, including monitoring expenditures, making projections and preparing budget documents
  • Working knowledge of the requirements and compliance issues of the Clery Act
Western Washington University 
Location: Bellingham, WA 98225
Document ID: A6311-0JU9
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Orlando Florida - FBI to develop tattoo database. Agency is asking local law enforcement agencies for help collecting tattoo information.  The FBI wants your tattoos — more specifically, the meanings behind their inky black lines and colorful shapes — and it's asking local law enforcement agencies for help. The FBI's Biometric Center of Excellence, which already collects tattoos and other identity markers in its massive database, sent a request July 13 to police agencies for information "related to any current databases containing tattoo/symbol images, their possible meanings, gang affiliations, terrorist groups or other criminal organizations."