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 assisting in the direction of agency-wide police, fire, security and safety management activities, programs and services.
Receives administrative direction from the Mental Health Director of Security and Safety Management or other administrative official of higher grade.
Manages law enforcement and non-sworn public safety staff, dispatchers, civilian and clerical staff of division.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Assists in direction of staff and operations of the Division of Safety Services;
- Assists in coordination, planning and management of division activities;
- Assists in formulation of program goals and objectives including planning, implementing and monitoring of risk of injury and/or adverse incident activities;
- Assists in development, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures and operational changes;
- Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
- Evaluates staff;
- Assists in preparation of departmental budget;
- Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of department who might impact program activities;
- Represents division in grievances and hearings;
- Oversees, monitors and coordinates criminal, sensitive and confidential investigations as well as position papers and investigative reports for claims and lawsuits filed against the agency;
- Assists in managing entry, maintenance, security, dissemination and retention of written and electronic police data and records;
- Oversees centralized division training files;
- Manages training, educational and instructional activities designed to maintain police certification and foster professional growth, skill development and cultural competence;
- Investigates and responds to critical incidents;
- Controls expenditures;
- Oversees uniform and equipment inventory control systems, identifies deficiencies and recommends replacement items;
- Initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals;
- Prepares or oversees preparation of reports;
- Acts for Director in their absence including as departmental spokesperson on police, fire, safety and security issues;
- Performs a full range of police enforcement, protection, security and administrative functions as required;
- Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge of
- relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
- relevant agency policies and procedures;
- police administration;
- police practices, procedures and investigative techniques;
- methods and techniques utilized in criminal investigations;
- modern security and safety procedures and methods within a statewide mental health organization;
- criminal law and court procedures;
- evidentiary procedures;
- planning and coordinating security and safety investigations;
- modern law enforcement methods and practices;
- Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and practices;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- Considerable ability to
- interpret standards, contracts and regulations;
- analyze emergency situations and develop effective courses of action;
- Ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience in an organized police department.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of a Lieutenant or higher rank in a mental health facility.
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 [their] precinct.” (Connecticut General Statutes 29-18 and/or 10a-142)
- 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 Assistant Director of Security and Safety Management in Salary Group MP 65 approved effective May 12, 2017. (Revised to update terminology) Final No. 23-310