SUNY Oswego
  • Full Time
  • Oswego, NY 13126
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Assistant Chief of Police

State University of New York at Oswego
Assistant Chief of Police


The University Police Department (UPD) at the State University of New York College at Oswego invites applications for an Assistant Chief of Police.


Posting Date: December 21, 2020


Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


Benefit Information:  The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time UUP professional employees, visit: or


Date of Appointment: As Soon As Possible


Description of Responsibilities: The Assistant Chief of Police acts as second-in-command of the campus university police force, serving as Acting Chief in the absence of the Chief of Police.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Under the general direction of the Chief of Police, supervises sworn and non-sworn personnel and exercises direction over lieutenants, investigators, police officers, non-sworn personnel and civilian staff 
  • Collaborates with a broad array of campus stakeholders, municipal police departments and other agencies to implement comprehensive services and programs for the safety of students, faculty staff, and visitors
  • Assists in budget development and fiscal oversight, the application of relevant Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances (including Clery and Title IX), and the evaluation and development of departmental policies and procedures
  • Assists in the development of and presentation of training to department personnel in accordance with established law enforcement/public safety standards, emphasizing expertise in community-oriented policing practices and a commitment to delivering community-centered services within a campus setting
  • The Assistant Chief will possess a vision for continuing to build a progressive law enforcement agency with an emphasis on current trends and best practices in a higher education setting
  • Understands student life and the needs and issues of a campus community, and shows a commitment to sustaining and advancing the department’s diversity
  • Assists in department development and campus safety management, critical emergency management planning and crisis response, spectator and event coordination, and the professional development of officers with a strong commitment  to staff retention and morale
  • Schedules hours of duty for university police personnel
  • Oversees the activities of administrative personnel and the Law Enforcement Division of the police department
  • Assists in the development and presentation of police/security training programs on campus in conjunction with the SUNY System Administration office of the University Police Commissioner
  • Prepares performance ratings for university police personnel
  • Assists the Chief of Police in providing liaison with outside law enforcement agencies, as well as with the Dean of Students Office and the Code & Conduct Office
  • Reports any instances of misconduct on the part of university police employees, and handles any citizen’s complaints against University Police personnel
  • Assists in developing programs for campus security and safety
  • Oversees the completion and submission of all paperwork related to criminal reports
  • Maintains professional association memberships, attends and may represent the Chief of Police at meetings, seminars, and conferences


SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Assistant Chief of Police will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of formal training beyond high school and/or an Associate’s degree
  • Background in police administration or college security work
  • 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience as a sworn law enforcement officer
  • 5 years experience in a supervisory or command level position as a sworn law enforcement officer
  • Current New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services/Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) police officer certificate
  • Expertise in performing effective interviewing techniques and trauma informed interviewing
  • Ability to motivate subordinates in a constructive, disciplined manner
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring staff
  • Working knowledge of Clery compliance and Title IX
  • A commitment to participating in and promoting ongoing education, training and professional development, and promoting diversity within the department and across campus
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successful completion of background investigation that includes drug testing, fingerprinting and psychological evaluation
  • Ability to work nights, holidays, and weekends as needed
  • Experience working with and serving historically underrepresented populations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Community policing service and a demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with historically underrepresented populations
  • Working knowledge of NYS Education Law 129B
  • Working knowledge of Impact (or related) record management system


To Apply Submit:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications including how your commitment to the college’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion of historically underrepresented populations has been demonstrated in your career experience, professional development or community services (job roles, certification, volunteer work, etc.).
  • Resume
  • Copy of New York State Municipal Police Certificate, and unofficial transcript (or copy of official transcript) for highest degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted)                                       


electronically at:


If you have any questions about the position, please email:


Sara Rebeor


Please note:

Additional information may be requested at a later step in the process. Updated background investigation will be conducted, including candidate fingerprint collection and submission.


Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment.


Visa sponsorship not available for this position.


Description of Department: The New York State University Police Department is the agency responsible for law enforcement and public safety in partnership with the SUNY Oswego community. The department is staffed by trained, professional police officers, who have statewide jurisdiction for all crimes. University Police officers receive their official powers through the Education Law and the Criminal Procedure Law. The State University Police employs over 600 officers at the 30 SUNY campuses. SUNY Oswego is a NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Accredited agency with a staff of 31, 22 of which are sworn police officers.


About SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at


Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy


In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing  

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery):


SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Further policy details, including education and cessation resources, can be found at:


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