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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Health Public Safety Director is responsible for directing the public safety and security operations of the Arkansas

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Typical Functions:

Directs the activities of a large protective services staff through lower-level supervisors including reviewing performance evaluations, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and reviewing and approving/disapproving a variety of actions, policies, and procedures recommended by subordinates. Directs the operation of the public safety department by developing, disseminating, and implementing policies and procedures and related information to subordinates; reviews and approves incident, investigative, and activity reports submitted by subordinate staff. Provides advice and guidance on security matters to subordinate staff and other hospital staff disciplines upon request. Prepares public safety department annual budget by developing budget projections and requests, and monitors expenditures by approving requisitions and expense reports. Coordinates with other law enforcement agencies in the apprehension and return of ASH escapees and in the investigation of suspected criminal activity; may testify in court as required. Compiles and prepares various incident, investigative, and activity reports detailing overall department operations for submission to agency management. Provides assistance to public safety and security staff by assisting nursing personnel with the control of hostile and aggressive clients, escorting clients, and performing hospital patrol. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of public safety standards, laws, and regulations. Knowledge of budgetary procedures. Knowledge of agency policies and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of lower-level supervisors and/or subordinates. Ability to direct the operations of a public safety department. Ability to conduct investigations and enforce public safety laws and regulations. Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice or a related field; plus four years of experience in law enforcement or a related field, including two years in a supervisory capacity. OR The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus eight years of experience in public safety or law enforcement operations, including four years in a supervisory capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be certified as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106.


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