Career Opportunities

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Houston Police Department
Chief Financial Officer (CFO - DEPUTY DIRECTOR (EXE LEV)
Executive Level
1200 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002

General Summary
Manage and direct all budgetary and financial operations of the Houston Police Department. The CFO reports to Houston’s Chief of Police and works closely with the city’s Finance Department. Oversee the Office of Budget and Finance and its operations. Staff complement of 49.

•    Manage and control HPD’s $800+ million budget, from general, special and grant funds – approximately 40% of the City of Houston’s total operating budget

•    Oversee all aspects of accounting, financial, procurement, contracting, fixed assets and grant operations

•    Direct the allocation of HPD’s financial resources to ensure successful police operations

•    Serve as HPD’s liaison with City Council

•    Resolve personnel compensation and position issues

•    Establish policies and procedures that affect ongoing operations

•    Coordinate with the City’s Administration on Council actions

•    Serve on city-wide policy development committees

•    Member of Senior Executive Staff, Executive Staff and Command Staff

To apply, email a professional cover letter and rescue to

For more detailed information on this position please go to to view the recruitment brochure.












Policing Project at New York University  School of Law Seeks Executive Director

The  Policing  Project  at  NYU  School  of  Law  is  seeking  to  hire  an  Executive  Director.  This  is  a notable opportunity to join an organization that is growing rapidly and working on some of the most pressing issues of the day.

The mission of the Policing Project is to bring the tools of democratic accountability to policing.  We write rules and best practices for policing agencies.   We partner with social scientists on cost-
benefit   analysis   of   policing   practices.     We   work   extensively   with   policing   agencies   and  communities  to  foster  engagement  over  issues  of  policy  and  practice. And  we  participate  in  litigation with  an aim of changing the way constitutional law governs policing, to provide more democratic  accountability.   There  is  a  great  deal  of  information  about  us  on  our  website:

In  advancing  its  mission,  the  Policing  Project  works  closely  with  groups  across  the  ideological spectrum.   Its partners are policing agencies, other not -for-profits, community organizations, law firms, and governments. Our work takes us all over the country.

The  job  will  involve  project  management,  strategic  planning,  working  with  our  partners,  supervising  our  student  (and  possibly  other)  workers,  and  helping  move  our  many  endeavors  
forward.  This  position  requires  a  variety  of  skills,  of  which  the  following  are  essential:   writing  ability,  strong interpersonal skills (be it talking with a police chief, a line officer, a community organizer, an academic, or a mayor), skill with developing and adhering to budgets, good judgment, and the ability to keep many balls in the air without dropping them. Travel will be a part of the job.

The Policing Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex,
or sexual orientation. It welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds; Spanish language skills are  a  bonus.  Professional  experience  of  at  least  four  years  in  policing,  government,  law,   or  a  related field is required.

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to You may also direct any inquiries there.






Boston, Massachusetts
Executive Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

Boston University is seeking a collaborative and engaged leader for the position of Executive Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police.

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston. (The Charles River Campus is located in the Fenway-Kenmore Square neighborhood, and the Medical Campus is located in the South End neighborhood.) The University also has numerous programs around the globe.  Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls more than 33,000 students, including 14,150 graduate and professional students, and it employs nearly 10,000 faculty and staff across 17 schools and colleges. The University comprises 133 acres with 322 buildings, 544 classrooms, 2,326 laboratories and houses 11,349 undergraduate students on the Charles River Campus. BU is the fourth largest private university in the United States and one of the Boston area’s largest employers.
The Executive Director of Public Safety is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Boston University Police Department as well as the public safety departments for the medical campus and the National Emerging Infectious Disease laboratory (NEIDL). The Executive Director of Public Safety is responsible for all matters of fiscal management, policy, operations and discipline. The Police Department has 54 sworn members, 16 professional staff, and a budget of $5.7 million. Public Safety Operations at the Medical Campus include 88 Public Safety Officers and a budget of over $10 million. 14 armed officers are assigned to the NEIDL, and that operation has a budget of over $2 million.
The Executive Director of Public Safety, who directly reports to the Vice President for Administrative Services, must have:
•    Superior interpersonal and communication skills, in order to build on good working relationships with police and public safety organizations within and outside the University community.
•    Experience and a passion for fostering and expanding critical interdepartmental relationships.
•    A service-oriented approach to the safety of the university community.
•    A track record of strategically managing complex operations.
•    Extensive urban policing experience and demonstrated competencies in best practices, effective leadership, and community policing.
•    A demonstrated capacity to serve as the public “face” of the department on campus and in the larger community, and to engage effectively with the community as well as with members of the department.
•    Extensive experience in budget management and labor relations.
•    A proven commitment to staff development, department-wide training, and diversity.

Experience with the unique policing needs of a campus environment is valuable but not required.

This position requires a University degree in a related field and a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including five years of supervisory or management experience. A graduate-level degree would be an asset, as would additional specialized leadership programs such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), FBI National Academy, or the Southern Police Institute.

Boston University provides a highly competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package, including life and health insurance, retirement, and tuition benefits.
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the university in the selection process.

Interested and qualified candidates should apply by Friday, November 4 with a cover letter, resume, and five references in confidence to:

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.









City of Fullerton, CA
Police Chief

The City of Fullerton, CA (population 140,000) is a dynamic city with a vibrant downtown located in Orange County, approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 11 miles northwest of Santa Ana. The City is now seeking a strong, steady, and experienced leader to serve as its next Chief of Police. Under general administrative direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for all activities of the Police Department, which is charged with the enforcement of laws and regulations and the provision of around-the-clock protection of lives and property. The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Police Science, Law, Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, and have eight (8) years of recent, continuous, progressively responsible municipal police service experience, including three (3) years at the Captain level in an organization comparable to Fullerton in terms of the scope of activity. A master’s degree or some completed graduate level coursework in a related field is preferred. Possession of a Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Management Certificate is required, as is a valid Class C California Driver’s License and acceptable driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment in this position. Candidates must be able to work flexible and extended hours to accommodate City needs and must successfully pass a POST pre-employment screening process. The City of Fullerton’s Conflict of Interest Code requires that the Chief of Police file financial disclosure statements in accordance with state and local laws. The current salary range for this terrific opportunity is up to $206,779 with a control point of $172,316, and is supplemented by a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. Fred Freeman at (916) 784-9080. Filing Deadline: February 3, 2017.






Idaho State Police
Service since 1939
Colonel Ralph W. Powell C.L. "Butch" Otter
Director Governor

700 South Stratford Drive • Meridian, Idaho 83642-6202 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Idaho State Police
Service Since 1939
Colonel Ralph W. Powell C.L. “Butch” Otter
Director Governor
Idaho State Police Trooper
Open for Recruitment: January 9, 2017 - January 23, 2017 Announcement # 08016045777 Salary Range: $19.48 to $34.79 per hour DOE -Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s): Statewide
ISP Mission: Providing public safety across the state of Idaho through law enforcement excellence.
Do you have what it takes to be an Idaho State Trooper?
The Idaho State Police (ISP) has exciting career opportunities available for those interested in enforcing laws, serving people, and enhancing the quality of life in the State of Idaho. ISP is currently looking to fill urban and rural Trooper positions throughout the state. Qualified men, women, and minorities are all encouraged to apply.
Pay enhancements available for: College degree, bilingual fluency, POST certification, assignments with Executive Protection, Motor Unit, and Rural Residency.
• Provide assistance and service to the citizens of Idaho
• Perform traffic control and enforcement
• Conduct motor vehicle crash investigations
• Prepare reports
• Conduct criminal investigations
• Process and investigate crime scenes
• Effectively present testimony in a court of law
• Be proficient in the use of firearms
• Many other duties as assigned

Some specialty assignments include crash reconstruction, firearms instructor, drug recognition expert, field training officer, motorcycle patrol, capitol security, and commercial vehicle safety. Hiring Process: The hiring process takes approximately six months to complete. Applicants are required to come to Meridian, Idaho at least twice to complete various steps of the process. Selected applicants attend the 16-week ATC which includes all POST basic curriculum. Training is held in Meridian, Idaho and is anticipated to begin in July 2017. Please review all minimum qualifications and apply online by January 23, 2017 at the ISP homepage, the Division of Human Resources site at, or any Idaho Department of Labor office.
Contact an ISP Recruiter at 208-884-7018 or at











Wilmington Police Department

Wilmington, Delaware

Chief of Police


The City of Wilmington is seeking a proven leader who can instill the trust and confidence of the community and police officers as the city's Police Chief. The successful candidate will be committed to using data-driven policing strategies and applying the principles of community policing to reduce crime and deliver a high level of police services to the residents of Wilmington. 

With a population of 71,000 covering an area of 11 square miles, Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware. Located approximately midway between Washington and New York City and 27 miles from Philadelphia, Wilmington is centrally located on the I-95 Northeast corridor. Wilmington is often referred to as the "corporate capital of the world," with more than half of Fortune 500 companies calling Wilmington their corporate home.   Wilmington's population is culturally and economically diverse. The city's newly elected leadership is committed to taking a holistic approach to strengthening neighborhoods while addressing the challenges of violent crime that impact perceptions of public safety in the city.

Wilmington has experienced a rebirth of the city's 1.3 mile waterfront, as evidenced by comprehensive, mixed-use development.  Revitalization efforts have created a downtown area that combines high-rise corporate headquarters with centuries-old historic architecture. The legacy of the DuPont family can be experienced by visiting the area's many internationally acclaimed museums and venues.

The City is governed by a mayor and 13-member city council.  Newly elected Mayor Mike Purzycki begins a 4-year term in early January 2017.  The police chief reports directly to the Mayor through the Mayor's Chief of Staff.   

The Wilmington Department of Police ( is the largest urban police agency in the State of Delaware, with an authorized strength of 320 sworn and 70 non-sworn positions and a budget of $54 million.  It recently joined the ranks of 350 other departments nationwide in achieving operations accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

In early 2015, Governor Jack Markell and the Delaware General Assembly called for a rapid, fact-based, intensive examination of public safety strategies for Wilmington.   The findings are reported in the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission Final Report ( which combines information regarding crime data and public safety practices with recommendations regarding crime reduction strategies, general police operations and community engagement.  In addition to providing a roadmap to implement successful and sustainable practices to improve public safety, the report addresses the need to commit adequate resources and support for partnerships necessary to reverse unfavorable trends.  The Department has been focused on more efficiently managing and implementing violence reduction strategies, data analysis tactics, and community policing efforts.

Wilmington is one of the five cities initially engaged in the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)'s approach to support and enhance local violence reduction efforts. This data-driven, evidence-based initiative provides delivery of strategic, intensive training and technical assistance to combat violent crime. 

The Chief of Police must possess:

  • Demonstrated competencies in effective leadership and building strong relationships of trust within the community and among officers of all ranks, along with the ability to inspire confidence and serve as a spokesperson and representative of the police department and the city.
  • Experience with intelligence-led and data-driven policing strategies that have proven effective in reducing violent crime.
  • The ability to forge community partnerships and leverage resources in order to collaboratively address crime and perceptions of crime and disorder in the city. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to be visible within the department and in the community.
  • Experience in developing strong partnerships with other criminal justice and law enforcement partners.
  • The ability to establish standards of fairness and accountability throughout the ranks to affect cultural change and impact overall departmental performance.
  • Experience and a commitment to identifying and implementing policies, strategies, systems and technologies to optimize the delivery of police services to a diverse community, in a fair and consistent manner.
  • A track record and proven commitment to department-wide diversity and staff development and training, with a particular focus on data-driven and problem-oriented policing training.
  • Experience developing a strategic plan that establishes commitments to long-term goals.
  • Experience developing a broad approach to problem-solving, particularly with regard to youth engagement, to address the problems of violence related to guns, drugs, and gangs. 
  • Experience in developing effective labor-management relationships.
  • Extensive experience in the many aspects of contemporary policing practices in a diverse urban community.
  • A track record of unimpeachable ethics and integrity.

The position requires a four-year college degree, progressively responsible command-level experience in policing in an urban community, and knowledge of best practices in policing. A graduate-level degree is strongly preferred, as is additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), FBI National Academy, or the Southern Police Institute. An equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be taken into consideration.  Once appointed, the Police Chief must obtain Delaware POST certification, and must reside in Wilmington's city limits within six months of appointment. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the city in the selection process.  To discuss this position, contact Charlotte Lansinger at 301-639-3020 or email

Salary range will be determined based upon experience.

Qualified candidates should apply by February 6, 2017 with cover letter, résumé and a list of five references in confidence to:


Wilmington is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.