Chief of Campus Police and Security

Dallas, NC
Gaston College

Salary: $65,120.00 Annually.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Responsible for the safety and security of all persons and property of the Gaston College Community by overseeing the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting of the Campus Police and Security Department. Promotes and maintains a high-level of customer service in serving and protecting the College community. Enforces federal and state statutes and supports adherence to college safety and security rules and guidelines. Identifies potential safety and security issues and responds appropriately, including emergency preparedness education and training. Controls and regulates traffic and parking. Investigates all security, safety, and traffic incidents. Supervises or oversees the supervision of department personnel to ensure the proper performance of duties. Acts as chief security advisor to senior College leadership.

Essential Functions:

  1. Oversee and direct the operations of the Campus Police and Security Department to serve and protect the College Community.
  2. Implement a program of emergency operations focused on mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  3. Maintain partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies.
  4. Engage in community activities and in individual relationships that foster trust between the Campus Police and Security Department and others, and between peers and units within the department.
  5. Assume management responsibility for all services and activities of the Campus Police and Security Department including safety, security, and public assistance. Protect faculty, staff, students, and their property from harm through crisis intervention and conflict resolution. Negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues as required.
  6. Maintain a high standard of professionalism in representing the College, including confidentiality in all aspects of the position’s responsibilities and adherence to policies, procedures, and other established guidelines. Adhere to professional accountability and accept responsibility for managing situations and problems. Work cooperatively with team members and colleagues, contributing positively and constructively to the achievement of team and College objectives. Maintain a high level of customer service, respect, and courtesy in serving and protecting the College Community.
  7. Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for safety and security functions and programs; recommend, within divisional policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  8. Select, train, motivate, and evaluate Campus Police and Security personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures; prepare and/or review staff performance plans and appraisals in accordance with college policy.
  9. Oversee the operation of the computer-based criminal information systems in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  10. Manage Emergency Notifications Systems.
  11. Ensure that emergency equipment and supplies are inspected, tested, and maintained in a state of readiness for emergencies.
  12. Coordinate, plan, direct, schedule, and monitor police/security operations to provide and maintain adequate shift coverage. Ensure routine patrols of all campuses and locations.
  13. Evaluate complaints and emergency-request information to determine response requirements. Direct response, investigation, and reporting of occurrences such as stolen property, disorderly conduct, damage to property, crimes against persons, fires, bomb threats, and suspected crimes. Review and evaluate reports for accuracy and thoroughness. Conduct follow-up investigations when necessary.
  14. Provide assistance and back-up to officers during campus emergencies. Assist in medical emergencies, fire evacuations, tornado warnings, bomb threats, and exercise drills.
  15. Investigate incidents involving violations of college rules and regulations, forward reports to proper authorities.


  • Associate’s degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution in criminal justice or a related field required.
  • North Carolina Certified Law Enforcement Officer Certification required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of law enforcement experience is required.
  • At least five years of law enforcement supervisory/leadership experience required.
  • College/university law enforcement supervisory/leadership experience preferred.
  • Community college law enforcement supervisory/leadership experience preferred.
  • Must have a clean criminal history and possess a valid driver’s license with no DUI convictions.
  • Fingerprinting required upon hire.
  • Ability to work a varied work schedule required.