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Watch Commander

Date Posted: Oct 11, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Watch Commander  

Location: Public Safety 

Salary: $85,000 - $110,000  

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Police  

Bargaining Unit: N/A 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

Position Summary: 

The Watch Commander works under the general direction of the Deputy Chief of Public Safety in overseeing the daytime, nightly, weekend/holiday supervision for all patrol operations.  This position has direct control over assigned personnel. Personnel includes but is not limited to Sergeants, Detectives, Police Officers, Campus Public Safety Officers, Security Officers, Lein Communications Operators, and Civilian Administrators assigned to shifts and units. During special events and activities, the number of personnel directly supervised by a Watch Commander may increase.  

Minimum Qualifications:¿ 

  • Knowledge and competency levels are commonly associated with completing a baccalaureate degree in the course of study related to the occupational field or an associate degree paired with law enforcement experience preferred.  

  • Understand the diverse objectives and functions of a school district police department that focuses on protecting and advocating for children and providing public service to our community. 

  • Must meet the current requirements set forth by the State of Michigan Certification through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standard (MCOLES).  And have sworn status with three to five years of related management position and ten (10) years of law enforcement experience. Provide MCOLES Certification number. 

  • Willing enough to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives of the district Vision, Mission, and Core Values 

  • Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the State of Michigan, or the ability to obtain one upon hiring 

  • An ability to readily obtain LIEN certification 

Essential Functions:¿ 

  1. Supervises and coordinates departmental personnel composed of units containing shift Sergeants and a Sergeant in charge Investigative Operations Unit of both criminal and administrative cases; offers guidance and expertise to investigators; ensures that processes are conducted according to laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. 

  1. Reviews and submits police reports, including incidents, accidents, and other information; ensures case files are completed and correctly submitted; trains assigned personnel in proper reporting methods. 

  1. Assists the Deputy Chief of Police to manage the department's personnel and provide services to the district community's needs. 

  1. Balance the needs, manage overtime, and determine if one sergeant is needed on a shift or zero on another. 

  1. Develops monthly employee work schedules; schedules employees to cover special events. 

  1. Issues and maintains departmental equipment and software. 

  1. Investigate complaints concerning officers or department operations as well as criminal incidents. 

  1. Assists officials from other law enforcement agencies through collaboration. 

  1. Address issues of alleged and discovered acts of misconduct and violation of DPSCDPD rules and procedures 

  1. Monitors and evaluates the job performance of subordinates; recommends personnel actions. 

  1. Reviews and approves employee time; approves officer leave requests. 

  1. Performs all related duties of a sergeant, including shift coverage when needed. 

  1. Attends hiring boards and conducts applicant background investigations. 

  1. Maintains officer training records and ensures coordination opportunities for officer training for advancement. 

  1. Activating Responses cars (one or two-person units) may be used as first responders to assist with significant events and other calls for service. 

  1. Analyzes department personnel, policies, and trends and makes recommendations for improvement. 

  1. Maintains seized evidence and property according to policies and procedures 

  1. Assists Deputy Chief of Police in the planning of special events and large-scale operations 

  1. Develops and presents training instruction to staff and other district constituencies. 

  1. Reviews and approves departmental payroll and timesheets for subordinates. 

  2. Performs other duties as assigned.

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

Suppose you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee. In that case, you do not have to submit a new security clearance unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at the point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position, and all applications require a resume.  

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at the point of offer to hire. Police service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) before hiring. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.   

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