Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Police Master Sergeant

Recruitment #220624-6003PS-001


In the State of ConnecticutHousatonic Community College (HCC) is a constituent unit of the Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR), Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU).  The CSCU provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success.  Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and polices, and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.  Housatonic Community College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, as well as awards associates degrees and certificates.  The majority of our students are focused on completing their studies at the college and transferring to a 4-year institution.  

We are recruiting for a Police Master Sergeant to work on our campus located in Bridgeport, CT.  This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, and incumbents must be available to work 7:00am - 3:00pm.  As a college Police Officer, you will:

  • Respond to emergencies and requests for assistance; provide crowd control at various events and activities;
  • Monitor designated areas to ensure physical security and authorized access in order to prevent theft, trespass, vandalism, or violation of state statutes or regulations; 
  • Provide directions and routine information to the public; initiate and conduct criminal and other investigations of violations, suspicious activities or reports of incidents occurring within jurisdiction;
  • Direct traffic and enforce motor vehicle and parking regulations; 
  • Conduct on-site investigations, including question witnesses, arrest individuals at scenes, and issue summonses; 
  • Record information; and,
  • Serve as dispatcher when necessary.
As a state employee, you would be eligible to participate in our competitive benefits plan, which includes health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits.

Selection Plan

NOTE:  Candidates must be able to prove current POSTC Certification, and must have been certified for over two years to be considered.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application.   Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.  You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date.  The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses.  Applicants are encourage to regularly check your email for notifications.  Please check your SPAM and/or JUNK folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.   Those invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include a resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Specific questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to

The immediately vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.


At a community college (except Manchester Community College) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for supervising law enforcement and security functions as outlined in the Guidelines for Class Use section.


Performs and supervises daily administrative functions and delivery of police/security/public safety services across all shifts; schedules and directs effective assignment and utilization of personnel, equipment or facilities; assigns and reviews work for conformance with guidelines and regulations; interprets laws, rules and regulations to subordinates and the general public; provides for training and development of personnel; evaluates job performance of shift sergeants and other police personnel of lower rank assigned to day shift; directs quality improvement activities; participates in hiring process of police candidates; coordinates and supervises development and implementation of special police projects and programs; disseminates administrative directives and guidelines; responds to complaints and inquiries; prepares and reviews reports and correspondence; manages police and/or security information systems; orders supplies and equipment; maintains inventory; maintains vehicle control; directs clerical and record keeping activities; may assist in command of crime or accident scenes or incidents involving police personnel, directing investigation activities as required; may assist in promoting and maintaining public relations with news media, public officials, other agencies and the general public; may represent Public Safety Unit at meetings with other law enforcement organizations; may act as commanding officer as required; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of police and security practices and procedures; knowledge of police administration; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of criminal law and court procedures; knowledge of traffic control practices and procedures; basic knowledge of training practices and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze emergency situations and develop effective courses of action; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.


Four (4) years of experience as a Police Officer in an organized police department or within state service.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of Police Sergeant.


A Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


  • Previous experience supervising and evaluating sworn police officers and contracted security.
  • Experience in the development of safety related reports including Cleary reporting. 
  • Experience with the management of keying and door access systems.
  • Experience with the management of fire protection systems.
  • Ability to utilize computer software programs for policing related activities such as alarms, video surveillance, reporting, dispatching, etc.
  • Experience working in an environment with diverse student populations.


1. Candidates for this class are subject to selection standards pursuant to Section 7-294a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
2. 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 Section 29-18 and/or 10a-142).
3. Incumbents must possess and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to Section 7-294a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations promulgated by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Loss of certification will result in removal from the class.
4. 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.
5. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
6. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
7. Incumbents in this class must be eligible and qualified to bear arms.
8. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. 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.
2. Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to unpleasant and/or dangerous situations which could cause injury or loss of life, uncomfortable weather conditions and/or confinement within a vehicle for prolonged periods.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

This position will be filled in accordance with reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.