Major Campus Police

Richmond, VA
Virginia Union University

Position Summary:

Ensures a safe and secure educational and work environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors by assisting the Chief of Police with managing, overseeing and supervising the Virginia Union University Police Department. The Deputy Chief of Police provides support to the Chief of Police and assumes the role of Chief of Police in his/her absence. The focus of this position is for public safety of the campus community, and an educational approach to community policing, student learning and development. An exceptionally high degree of confidentiality and discretion are required for this position. The Deputy Chief of Police has an active role in all policy decisions.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the Chief of Police with supervising all aspects of the Virginia Union University Police Department including, but not limited to, management of personnel, budget, policy, compliance, and report and incident management.
  • Assumes role of Emergency Manager at the direction of the Chief of Police.
  • Encourages the professional conduct of the staff by providing leadership and motivation of personnel.
  • Conducts periodic inspections as needed.
  • Oversees and manages patrols consistent with the community policing focus of the agency.
  • Applies problem solving methods and community policing principles in addressing campus community and law enforcement issues.
  • Interacts with campus departments and committees to further the safety and security of our campus community.
  • Promotes the University’s commitment to customer service by building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and provides assistance when needed.
  • Ensures optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
  • Maintains an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities and roles.
  • Provides high level technical and administrative staff assistance to the Chief.
  • Assumes command of the department in the absence of the Chief.
  • Significant participation in administrative decision making, completes weekly, monthly and yearly reports as directed by the Chief.
  • Exercises best practices of community policing philosophy by incorporating strategies that continue to enhance crime reduction, promote safety, build community relationships and effectively engage with students.
  • Performs duties of a sworn officer as necessary and appropriate.


  • Current Virginia Law Enforcement Officer certification as a sworn police officer.
  • Advanced degree or training and work experience that equates to an advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, build consensus; with strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Progressively responsible law enforcement experience with significant service in leadership positions at the command/supervisory level (lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, chief or equivalent).
  • Considerable experience assessing law enforcement or other hazardous situations and determining an appropriate course of action.
  • Demonstrated experience with budget development and oversight.
  • Considerable experience providing command level oversight of complex criminal investigations.