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The Department of Human Services (DHS) / Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Public Safety Supervisor is responsible for directing uniformed law enforcement and

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Supervises and coordinates the activities of the DBHS Public Safety and administrative support staff, engaged in law enforcement and crime prevention within an acute psychiatric hospital setting by, hiring, evaluating, and terminating employees, issuing disciplinary actions for misconduct, and ensuring the department is properly staffed and work schedules meet standards. Directs the operations of staff assigned to investigations, crime prevention, campus patrol, unit security, responses to calls for assistance for hazardous patient behaviors; traffic, parking, communications with fire/police departments within the city/county, and oversees recruitment and training activities. Directs, supervises, and conducts special and/or complex investigations, compiles statistical reports, supervises maintenance of special files, confidential documents and legal and administrative reports. Plans and develops departmental goals, objectives, and programs, assists in developing and administering the departmental budget, communicates hospital directives to employees, and develops and maintains productivity standards for proper compliance to established criteria. Develops policy directives for assigned areas, remaining current in changes in laws, regulations, policies, procedures and practices. Coordinate public safety matters with prosecutors, attorneys, and courts. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of law enforcement management and supervisory principles. Knowledge of criminal laws, hospital, and departmental policies Knowledge of planning and administration. Knowledge of investigative methods and techniques Ability to organize and supervise the work activities of others. Ability to plan, evaluate, and conduct training. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a major in criminal justice or a related field; plus one year of experience in law enforcement, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Required Certificates:

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


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