Police Chief

Anchorage, AK
University of Alaska Anchorage

The Chief of Police oversees, directs and participates in all activities associated with the University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department and is directly responsible for the administration of the unit, supervision of staff, and establishment of unit goals. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services and provides direction for law enforcement officers while also working to develop a comprehensive security plan that ensures a safe environment for students, employees and visitors to campus. The Chief of Police directs the department’s operations, personnel management, law enforcement and budgetary activities while working collaboratively with numerous campus units as well as many local community agencies to promote public safety. The Chief of Police works collaboratively with UAA leadership as well as community stakeholders to promote a positive perception of the University Police Department and facilitates an environment in which all members of the university community feel safe and are able to focus on student success. The Chief also works to develop partnerships with various campus units including those in academic affairs, student affairs, facilities, and administration to promote a campus environment that ensures safety, trust, and a shared commitment to the mission and values of UAA.


Communication/Collaboration/Outreach: Represent department to other police departments. Monitor relevant regulatory, legal, and technological issues that may impact university operations. Serve as departmental spokesperson for campus and community activities to ensure the promotion of goodwill, cooperation, and open communications; Participate in numerous campus committees/workgroups to represent department and support campus and community safety. Participate in professional law enforcement associations such as the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, FBI National Academy Association, Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Provide guidance and recommendations to Chancellor and Cabinet and other university officials on maters pertinent to campus safety and security.

Emergency Management: Work in collaboration with Federal, State, Local and University resources to effectively manage critical incidents on campus. Take charge at scene at emergencies and take a leadership role in decisions that impact the protection of the campus community and police personnel. Maintain operations at emergency scenes while advising and assisting department personnel. Engender departmental cooperation with local municipal, state and federal law enforcement during police response to emergency situations. Plan, establish and monitor appropriate police procedures for emergency response to ensure compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.

Administration: recruitment/budget/asset management Responsible for the organization and direction of department resources. Enforce State, Federal, and local statutes as well as University policies. Evaluate police response to events on or near campus. Develop and oversee of departmental budget. Assess the success of department efforts to support campus safety and security. Oversee key administrative functions, to include staff recruitment and training. Responsible for maintenance of internal controls and compliance with University policies and state, local and federal regulations that pertain to the functions of a police department. Establish and maintain appropriate records of department activities. Prepare Uniform Crime Report and other analytical information for university leadership. Review the purchase of and subsequent maintenance of department equipment.

Campus/Community Safety: Supervise and conduct complete and accurate investigations and prepares reports. Performs all regular full-time police officer duties as necessary. Manage campus and community-based initiatives designed to deter crime on or near campus. Organize, direct and control all resources of the UAA Police Department to preserve the peace, protect persons and property, enforce statutes of the State of Alaska as well as applicable university policy/regulations. Ensure UAA Police Department engagement with university community on issues related to public safety and maintain department engagement with and adherence to the mission and values of the University including students’ academic success. Responsible for the issuance of timely warning notices and emergency notifications as well as the maintenance of systems used to communicate such messages to the campus community.

Supervision/Training/Assessment: Responsible for the training, supervision, and evaluation of department personnel. Supervise and coordinate the activities of the department to ensure all duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures. Develops and coordinates departmental goals and procedures. Design, establish and maintain an effective department organizational structure and staffing to achieve department mission/values. Plan, oversee, and prepare staff work schedules and assign subordinates to shifts and patrol areas. Monitor and evaluate department personnel through ongoing and regular performance review process.