PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Division of Safety Services, this class is accountable for directing agency-wide police, fire, security and safety management activities, programs and services.
Receives executive direction from the Commissioner or other administrative official of higher grade.
Directs staff of division.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Directs staff and operations of the Division of Safety Services;
- Coordinates, plans and manages division activities;
- Formulates program goals and objectives including planning, implementing and monitoring of risk of injury and/or adverse incident activities;
- Develops or assists in development of related policy;
- Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
- Evaluates staff;
- Prepares or assists in preparation of departmental appropriated budget;
- Directs liaison activities and coordinates security measures with community, regional, federal, state and local agencies and other organizations;
- Establishes standards, develops methods and monitors investigations into unusual events or incidents to ensure proper investigation conducted in compliance with departmental policies;
- Ensures maintenance of professional performance standards;
- Continually appraises administrative activities and operations and recommends corrective action as necessary;
- Controls expenditures;
- Directs and manages criminal, sensitive and confidential investigations as well as position papers and investigative reports for claims and lawsuits filed against the agency;
- Develops effective programs relating to prevention of injury to patients or employees and damage or loss of property;
- Directs, manages and evaluates delivery of workplace and clinical safety education and training programs;
- Works with department administrators to evaluate quality and effectiveness of safety, security, fire and emergency preparedness programs in facilities;
- Monitors changes in laws and court decisions at both federal and state level that may affect departmental operations;
- Directs and manages entry, maintenance, security, dissemination and retention of written and electronic police data and records;
- Administratively controls and manages agency NCIC/COLLECT System;
- Administratively oversees agency Employee Assistance Program;
- Acts as departmental spokesperson and provides information to public and media on all departmental safety and security issues;
- Acts as ad hoc member of facility safety and disaster committees;
- Assumes command during emergency situations;
- Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
- May testify in court;
- May prepare grant applications;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge of
- and ability to apply management principles and practices;
- relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
- modern security and safety procedures and methods within a statewide mental health organization;
- planning and coordinating security and safety investigations;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- Considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in an organized police department.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of a Lieutenant or higher rank.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in criminal justice or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
- Candidates for this class are subject to selection standards pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
- Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain authority from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to "arrest and present before a competent authority any person for any offense committed within his precinct.” (Connecticut General Statutes 29-18 and/or 10a-156b)
- Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Loss of certification will result in removal from the class.
- Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
- Incumbents in this class must be eligible and qualified to bear arms.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain certifications pursuant to the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and/or agency requirements.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
In addition to the checking of references and facts in the application a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be conducted before persons are certified for appointment.
- Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform the duties of the class.
- Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Mental Health Director of Security and Safety Management in Salary Group MP 68 approved effective April 5, 2019. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 23-001