Police Practices Specialist
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in legislatures, courts, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
TheAffiliate Support and Advocacy Departmentof the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a full-time Police Practices Specialist.
Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, strong civilian oversight, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement improve public safety and relationships between police officers and citizens. Unfortunately, data from across the nation and high-profile incidents increasingly raise questions about racial, religious, and other forms of biased-based profiling, selective enforcement, excessive force, and militarization. In addition to law enforcement being the front line of the failed War on Drugs, the police are increasingly involved in enforcing terrorism and immigration laws, controlling and quelling political protests, handling school safety and discipline, providing local governments’ responses to homelessness and mental illness, and using surveillance and police powers to gather an array of personal data, as well as becoming equipped with a wide range of technologically advanced, and in some cases military grade, weapons and surveillance equipment.
The ACLU is the nation’s leading watchdog against police abuse and corruption, and an outspoken advocate for police reform. To build trust, we need a democratic system of policing where our communities have a much larger say in the way their neighborhoods are policed. Collaboration, transparency, and communication between police and communities around the shared goals of equality, fairness, accountability, and public safety is the path forward.
Across the country, ACLU affiliates have long worked to hold police accountable. In Missouri, the ACLU was on the ground in Ferguson, monitoring police conduct, educating protestors about their rights, and defending those rights in court. In New York, the ACLU was a leader in the successful campaign to end New York City’s “stop and frisk” abuses and is now working to reform the NYPD’s approach to enforcement of low-level violations. In Arizona, the ACLU won a major class action lawsuit to stop racial profiling and illegal detentions of Latinos by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In California, the ACLU worked to successfully revise the LAPD’s unfair daytime curfew practices that targeted students of color. In Washington State, the ACLU led the call by 34 community organizations requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the Seattle Police Department after a string of incidents involving unnecessary or excessive force against persons of color. In Puerto Rico, the ACLU called attention to a host of police abuses ranging from use of excessive and lethal force to failure to investigate rape and other gender based crimes. In Ohio, the ACLU plays a central role in implementing, promoting, and defending an innovative plan devised to improve police-community relations in Cincinnati. These are only a few recent examples of the ACLU’s work in states and cities across the country to reform police practices.
Nationwide system reform is necessary. The Police Practices Specialist will provide leadership for the ACLU’s nationwide advocacy to defend civil liberties against police misconduct, develop policies and best practices across a range of policing issues, and anticipate and respond to emerging policing trends. The ACLU approaches its policing work through integrated strategies including litigation, public education, strategic communications, and local, state, and federal advocacy. This work raises many interrelated areas of concern for the ACLU, including racial justice, criminal law reform, ending mass incarceration, immigrants’ rights, free speech, privacy and technology, national security, human rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, juvenile justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline. As part of the ACLU’s Advocacy Team, the Police Practices Specialistwill work closely with ACLU affiliates and national colleagues to advance the ACLU’s nationwide agenda to hold police accountable and improve police practices and institutions.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Lead nationwide advocacy around police practices in close coordination with colleagues in ACLU affiliate and national offices.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that achieves a clear vision of effective, democratic, and constitutional policing that establishes and reinforces community trust in its peacekeepers.
- Collaborate and work closely with colleagues in the Communications, Legal, and Development departments, the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, and ACLU affiliates around the country to advance strategic goals.
- Represent the ACLU in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further our advocacy goals.
- Cultivate support of critical partners in advocacy, including impacted communities, law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Establish and implementa modelfor ACLU and its state affiliates to work with diversepolicing stakeholders, including communities of color, residents of and small business owners in heavily policed neighborhoods, currently and formerly incarcerated people, people with criminal convictions, youth, victims of crime, health care workers and advocates, police officers, members of police oversight commissions, elected officials, school officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys,and judges.
- Identify opportunities for and lead nationwide campaigns that address widespread problems and build public support for reform.
- Identify and oversee research needed to achieve our policy goals.
- Pilot models in targeted states and municipalities that represent best practices in policing.
- Consult with ACLU attorneys litigating policing issues and ACLU federal lobbyists negotiating related legislation and policy guidance.
- Advise and oversee investment in state campaigns.
- Build capacity to ensure the organization’s responses to major and unexpected developments and opportunities involving policing.
- Provide strategic advice and tools to ACLU affiliates and state partners to assist their advocacy, including strategic goal setting, coalition building, community engagement, messaging and persuasion tactics, legislative counseling, and decision-maker targeting.
- Serve as a national media contact on policing matters.
- Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings.
- Handle other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) or more years of experience in advocacy, addressing police practices.
- Demonstrated success in collaborating with law enforcement.
- Experience developing long-term campaign goals and identifying strategies to achieve those goals.
- Proven track record of working in partnership and establishing trust with affected communities.
- Experience identifying policies and practices that undermine community and police relations.
- Experience with systemic police reform processes, especially court-enforceable agreements between the Department of Justice and police entities.
- Experience with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers, including lobbying, paid and earned media, field organizing, online activism, constituent engagement, etc.
- Experience with working in a fast-paced environment and rapidly responding to developments.
- Proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions.
- Familiarity with various policing philosophies, as well as research and literature on police practices, crime reduction, and implicit bias.
- Excellent research, writing, analytic, and communication skills.
- Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines under pressure.
- Experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings.
- Willingness to travel when necessary.
- Commitment to civil liberties required.
- Law enforcement experience preferred and military experience a plus.
The ACLUoffers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
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The city of Carroll, Iowa, (Population 10,103) is seeking candidates for the position of Chief of Police. The current chief is retiring and the position is open June 8, 2015. Carroll has 15 sworn officers and one administrative assistant. Carroll is the county seat located in West-Central Iowa on U.S. Highway 30, approximately 100 miles from Omaha, Des Moines, and Sioux City. It is commercial and agriculture hub for the region. There are quality recreation options, parks, lake, trails, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools managed by the parks department. Additional information about the City of Carroll and the Police Department is available www.cityofcarroll.com
Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminology, or a closely related field
Five years law enforcement experience in a public law enforcement agency
Three years of experience as or in a position equivalent to police captain or any equivalent combination of education and experience
Salary range and benefits:
The Police Chief is a FLSA exempt position
$65,500 to 81,800 annual
Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave, holidays, Iowa Municipal Police & Fire Retirement, group health and life insurance, clothing allowance
Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and meet the licensing standards established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy
www.state.ia.us/ilea, within one year. The successful candidate must pass a physical examination and drug screen.
Residency in the city is a requirement within six months
The Police Chief is appointed by the City Council
and reports to the City Manager.
For additional information or to apply send cover letter, resume, and salary history by May 22, 2015, to:
Moulder and Associates LLC
Carroll is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The city of Clinton, Iowa, (Population 26,885) is seeking candidates for the position of Chief of Police. The city has recently received a study of department operations and staffing. The study will help direct the next chief develop programs for the department.
Clinton has 37 sworn officers and six civilian personnel. Clinton is the county seat and is located in eastern Iowa. The City of Clinton is rich with historical sites and the beauty of the Mississippi River, a place where residents and visitors alike enjoy the quiet, scenic charm to be found around each bend of the Mississippi. Residents call it “Life -- with a river view,” and take pride in the extraordinary displays of natural beauty and the unique quality of life that is found here.Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree in police science, criminal justice, public administration or a related field. Experience: Ten years experience in police operations management including five years supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of
accepted education and experience.
Salary range and benefits:The Police Chief is a FLSA exempt position $74,882 to $95,302 annual Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave, holidays, Iowa Municipal Police & Fire Retirement, group health and life insurance
Certification: Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and meet the licensing standards established by the Iowa Law Enforcement
Academy www.state.ia.us/ilea, within one year. The successful candidate must pass a physical examination and drug screen.
Residency: Iowa residency is a requirement within six months
The Police Chief reports to the City Administrator.
For additional information or to apply send cover letter, resume, and salary history by
June 5, 2015, to:
Moulder and Associates LLC
Clinton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The City of Pekin, Illinois, a vibrant community of more than 34,000 people, is seeking candidates for position of Chief of Police for a department with 56 sworn officers and 10 civilian staff. The mission of the Pekin Police Department, a committed, service-oriented agency, is to protect life, human rights and property through an effective, proactive partnership with the community.
As the county seat of Tazewell County, Pekin enjoys a solid economic base and is home to many professional, industrial and manufacturing jobs – including Pekin Insurance and one of the largest ethanol facilities in the nation. The city also supports a very successful, city-owned Business Park with a highly skilled labor force. Pekin is conveniently located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis (about 165 miles from each), a few hours from Indianapolis, and just 10 miles south of Peoria.
Minimum Requirements: The new chief will be a proven leader and creative problem solver with excellent communication skills and an ability to lead through problem-oriented policing and community policing philosophies. A minimum of fourteen years of progressively responsible experiences, including four years at a senior command/management level, is required. Residency in the city of Pekin is required within one year after starting the job. The candidate must possess the ability to develop a good working relationship with other area law enforcement agencies. Candidates will be considered on overall experience, qualifications, education, and training. Salary range is $105,000 to $116,000.
Preferred requirements: A bachelor’s degree in criminology, law enforcement, business administration, public administration, or related field is preferred. Also highly desirable are advanced police leadership training programs such as FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, or Northwestern Center for Public Safety School of Staff and Command.
The position includes an excellent benefit package, including health benefits and participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The city of Pekin is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending all documents electronically to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, which is consulting on this search process. Send documents to email@example.com. The application package must include cover letter, resume, salary history and names and contact information of three references. Applications will be kept strictly confidential. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by May 31, 2015.
Address applications to Ed Wojcicki, Executive Director, ILACP, 426 South Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Questions should be addressed to Wojcicki at (217) 523-3765.
NOTICE OF POSITION VACANCY
TITLE: CHIEF OF POLICE
DEPARTMENT: MBTA TRANSIT POLICE DEPARTMENT
SALARY RANGE: $152,904.00 - $192,904.00 PER ANNUM
The MBTA is the fifth largest mass transit system in the United States as measured by ridership. The Authority serves a daily ridership of approximately 1.24 million passengers and the service area is comprised of 175 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The system consists of 178 bus routes, 4 rapid transit lines of heavy and light rail, 5 bus rapid transit lines, 4 trackless trolley lines, 14 commuter rail lines, 3 ferry routes and a flexible paratransit service. The MBTA has over 2,700 vehicles, 286 stations, 885 miles of railroad track, approximately 500 bridges, 20 miles of tunnels and 19 maintenance shops.
Organizationally, the MBTA Transit Police Department is comprised of 270 employees (12 of whom are civilians) and is made up of the following three divisions: Patrol Operations, Investigative Services, and Administrative Services. Department services include uniform patrol, criminal investigation, prosecution, crime analysis, K-9, special operations to include K-9, explosive detection, and SWAT, and community outreach. The Department also operates a Municipal Police Training Committee certified police training academy. The Academy is responsible for training MBTA Transit Police Officers in addition to officers from other agencies.
While the MBTA Transit Police Department has primary jurisdiction on MBTA property and vehicles, MBTA Transit Police Officers have full police authority throughout and within the 175 cities and towns comprising the MBTA service district. Policing responsibility is shared with local cities and towns by means of concurrent jurisdiction and in a few instances through mutual aid agreements.
The MBTA Transit Police is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). The Police was first accredited in 1986, and has since been reaccredited three times, in 2005, 2008, and most recently in July of 2011. The Police Training Academy is also nationally accredited.
JOB SUMMARY: The Chief of Police, under the direction of the General Manager, will oversee the personnel, operations and equipment of the MBTA Transit Police Department, providing public safety and law enforcement services for the protection of the customers and employees of the MBTA, the
general public and the assets of the Authority. The selected candidate will plan and direct the activities of the Department to preserve peace, protect riders, employees and property, and enforce the law.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Exercise authority over the MBTA Transit Police force by coordinating and directing the activities of the Department including recruitment, appointment, training, supervision and discipline.
• Coordinate the activities of the Department with other MBTA departments and city, state and federal agencies.
• Develop and coordinate community outreach efforts by the MBTA Transit Police.
• Develop, implement and direct the goals and objectives for the Department in response to budget appropriations as determined by the General Manager.
• Analyze current and future needs organizing the department to meet those needs.
• Control and monitor the activities of the various Divisions of the Department.
• Direct the development and implementation of training programs for police and civilian staff including the MBTA Transit Police Academy.
• Control and monitor the activities of contractors working for the Department.
• Drive a company or personal vehicle to visit work sites and to assist at emergencies and/or events as needed.
• Respond, either directly or through others, to accidents and emergencies on a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day per week basis.
• Respond to each inquiry, whether from a customer, vendor or co-worker in a courteous and professional manner.
• Uphold the rights and interests of the Authority while building and maintaining an effective relationship with employees.
• Assist in the management of a workforce by ensuring the fair and consistent application and strict adherence to the rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) and policies of the Authority including the EEO, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies.
• Perform related duties and projects as assigned.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business, or related field from an accredited institution.
• Ten (10) years of law enforcement experience in a large, multi-jurisdictional setting.
• Five (5) years of command experience.
• Knowledge and Training relative to the Incident Command System.
• Sound knowledge of Massachusetts and federal laws and regulations.
• Familiarity with Police Accreditation operations and standards (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - CALEA).
• Knowledge of budget development and/or administration.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Demonstrated ability to promote sound community relations.
• A keen understanding of multicultural issues.
• Work experience in a heavily unionized environment.
• The ability to pass a formal firearms test.
• The ability to obtain a valid License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts.
• Proficiency with MS Office applications and Police computer system applications.
• The ability to pass: A Criminal Offender Record Check (CORI), background screenings; and the MBTA’s medical requirements, including a physical examination and drug and alcohol screening.
• Exceptional customer service, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication and presentation skills.
• The ability to provide internal and external customers with a courteous and professional experience.
• Have a satisfactory work record including overall employment, job performance, discipline and safety records. For internal candidates, the aforementioned applies to the two (2) years immediately prior to the closing date of this posting. Infractions and/or offenses occurring after the closing of the posting and before the filling of a vacancy may preclude a candidate from consideration for selection.
• Be available to work twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
• The ability to supervise and work effectively with a diverse workforce.
SUBSTITUTIONS INCLUDE: A Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business or a related field from an accredited institution may be substituted for a portion of the work experience requirement.
PREFERENCES INCLUDE: Work experience in the law enforcement field in an urban environment; and/or work experience in the law enforcement field in a transit setting.
• A valid driver’s license.
• A certification demonstrating the successful completion of Basic Police Recruit Academy.
NOTES: 1.) This is a Safety Sensitive Position. Incumbents will be subject to periodic random drug & alcohol testing.
2.) During declared "states of emergency", this classification is deemed essential, and employees working in this classification are required to report to work for their assigned work hours or as directed by supervisory personnel.
The above statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
To apply please visit the MBTA Career Opportunities page at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mbta/default.cfm.