Police Captain

Keyser, WV
West Virginia University

Position Summary:

Potomac State College (WVU Keyser), part of the West Virginia University system of campuses, located in Keyser, WV is seeking applications for a Police Captain.

Essential Functions:

  • Directs the operations including, but not limited to patrol services, Clery Act, crime prevention, community outreach and training, emergency response and preparedness, threat assessment, and event security.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, University and Department policies, and
  • Board of Governor rules and requirements.
  • Develops collaborative relationships and acts as a liaison with local University administrators, community leaders and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Develops and maintains a community policing model that promotes positive engagement between UPD and the University community which is inclusive of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Oversees compilation of crime statistics, notification standards, campus emergency training, and other necessary components of the Clery Act.
  • Oversees the operational, safety and security needs for campus.
  • Based on available funding, establishes, implements and monitors the department’s operating budget, continually look for ways to drive out costs while maintaining the safety and security of the campus community.
  • Plans for financial needs or surpluses resulting from changing responsibilities, state or federal regulations, workloads, etc.
  • Proposes the size and makeup of the organization to manage full-service protective operations. Develops a supportive work environment that challenges employees to excel. Works closely with Talent and Culture to direct personnel activities including hiring, performance management, and strategic human capital efforts.
  • Works closely with contractors/providers of security services on campus to ensure contract terms are fulfilled.
  • Oversees and secures funding for the UPD Career Development Program for sworn officers.
  • Serves on the Campus Threat Assessment Team, CARE team as well as other groups/entities based on the needs and best interests of the campus community.
  • Recommends policy updates, changes or exceptions based on individual campus needs.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field or equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Law enforcement experience, preferably in a University setting.
  • Supervision of law enforcement personnel.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Selected candidate(s) must establish residency that is within one-hour response time to the WVU police station under normal driving conditions within 90 days of contingent offer before official hire date.
  • Obtain and/or maintain WV law enforcement certification. If you currently do not hold a WV Law enforcement certification or a law enforcement certfication that is accepted by the WV board, then you will be required to complete the 16 week WV Police Academy. (WVU pays for the Academy, uniforms, transportation, salary while in the Academy, etc.)
  • Must be bondable.
  • Certification in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) beyond the 400 level.