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Montana State University Assistant Chief of Police

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Position Available:

 Assistant Chief of Police

Position #:  


Job Status: 

 Full Time

Salary Range:

 $70,000 - $83,000 a year

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Meet or exceed the peace officer education and certification standards as set forth by Montana Code annotated 7-32-303
  2. Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification as sworn law enforcement officer or an out-of-state equivalent certification and the ability to obtain Montana POST certification within one year.
  3. Command and Administrative certificates from Montana Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or appropriate out of state equivalency and the ability to obtain Command and Administrative certificates from Montana POST within one year.
  4. Eight years of recent experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer.
  5. Five years of recent supervisory experience of commissioned law enforcement officers.
  6. Three years of recent law enforcement mid-level management experience (i.e. supervising employees who also have supervisory duties) Note: Supervising line officers does not qualify as experience at this level.
  7. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  8. Demonstrated successful experience exercising good judgment and working effectively, both independently and cooperatively under minimal supervision.
  9. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, working on a large number of projects simultaneously.
  10. Demonstrated personal and professional initiative (for example, setting and achieving goals and attending professional development training).
  11. Demonstrated ability to integrate enforcement of institutional regulations, local municipal ordinances, and state and federal laws into an overall comprehensive program of enforcement appropriate to a campus setting.
  12. Demonstrated ability to take complex problems, considers the entire range of solutions, and formulates decisions that achieve the best possible outcome.
  13. Demonstrated experience with community based policing programs.


 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Job Description:  

The mission of the University Police Department (UPD) is to provide students, employees, and visitors with a safe and secure environment for living and learning. The department achieves its mission by providing both traditional law enforcement service and non-traditional community services. UPD takes a comprehensive approach to preventive patrol using vehicles, bicycles, Segways, and foot patrol. UPD offers a variety of crime prevention programs that allow our community to protect themselves through awareness. When crime does occur, UPD provides the full range of police services including report writing, crime scene processing, investigation, follow-up, filing of charges, arrests as appropriate, and, where possible, recovery of stolen property. UPD regularly partners with other local police agencies including the Bozeman Police, and Gallatin County Sheriff, as well as Federal agencies such as the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information sharing, joint investigations, and training purposes. UPD prides itself in taking a leadership role among the local police departments to combat problems shared by all agencies. A recent example was UPD forming a joint task force to combat an upsurge in white supremacy on campus and in Gallatin Valley. UPD has full police jurisdiction on all Montana University System property as well as city-wide jurisdiction in Bozeman.

The Assistant Chief of Police will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensures operational division missions are being accomplished.
  • Responsible for staffing, training and equipping the operational division of the department to provide for the safety and security of the campus.
  • Ensures completion of divisional tasks and responsibilities to include police, investigations, communications, community policing and security services.
  • Oversees the personnel functions for the operations division including analyzing divisional personnel needs and making recommendations accordingly.
  • Assists in selecting, hiring, training, motivating and evaluating assigned personnel and taking or recommending disciplinary action in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Supervises five direct reports and approves day-to-day actions as required on all department personnel in the absence of the Chief of Police; provides leadership, training and supervision for departmental personnel.
  • Completes and/or ensures a quarterly/annual evaluation of department personnel's performance.
  • Controls and commands major criminal investigations, emergency management situations and large university special events. Performs risk management assessments and develops related preparedness, response and mitigation manuals.
  • Assists in the preparation and administration of the Departments annual $3.3 million operating budget including monitoring expenditures, maintaining related reports and records, compiling budget data, and reviewing purchase orders and expenditures for approval. Manages the purchase or replacement of capital items.


MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dream towns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles.



How to Apply: 

 Please go to the following link to apply for this position:

 For questions regarding this position, please contact Michelle at(406)994-5428 or

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin on June 15, 2015 and continue until an adequate pool is established.



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