The Division of Public Safety & Security is looking for applications for Police Sergeant on the UM-Flint campus. Under the general supervision of the Department of Public Safety command staff, the Police Sergeant serves as a front-line supervisor, responsible for department and officer shift activities. This position supervises police officers, security officers, communication officers, and student employees during assigned shifts and may assume a higher level of responsibility in the absence of more senior police command staff. The salary for this position is $89,876.80.

The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety is a full-service law enforcement agency consisting of union and non-union staff.

UM-FLint Police Sergeant Mission Statement

Our mission is to contribute to and promote a safe and secure community while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons utilizing the facilities and programs of the University of Michigan.


    • Work closely with the department’s leadership and command staff to ensure the successful, smooth, exemplary operation of the police department.
    • Provide supervision to a team of police officers, security officers, and communication officers.
    • Schedule, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of officers.
    • Promote a positive work environment, ensure a high level of commitment to customer service and professionalism, and communicate regularly with officers, co-workers/supervisors to maintain an efficient and effective work environment.
    • Prepare and conduct shift briefings.
    • Coordinate the scheduling of leave time, training and certifications of police officers.
    • Develop and maintain cooperative and professional relationships with employees, other divisional units, representatives from various departments, and outside agencies.
    • Effectively respond to and resolve complex inquiries and disputes.
    • Actively promote employee development of skills through training, constructive feedback, recognition for positive work, or recommendations for corrective action or discipline.
    • Oversee the training of new police officers.
    • Use independent judgment, initiative, and good human relations and problem solving skills when enacting and following through on decisions.
    • Apply knowledge and reasoning to make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
    • Act as a liaison between other university departments, law enforcement agencies, and public safety officials.
    • Maintain officers’ compliance with departmental regulations and procedures.
    • Inspect, correct, and approve reports submitted by police officers.
    • Effectively supports the mission and goals of the Department of Public Safety, the Division of Public Safety and Security, and the University.

    This is a uniformed position that may be called upon to perform any duty that police officers are expected to perform. These include but are not limited to:

    • Patrol assigned areas, observe suspicious activities and persons.
    • Enforce state and federal law and University regulations.
    • Conduct both preliminary and in-depth investigations, prepare incident reports, and maintain strict confidentiality of all information gathered.
    • Work with other teams and shifts as needed, schedule is subject to change.
    • Other duties, as assigned.

    Required Qualifications

    Current DPSS police sergeant or current DPSS police officer who has successfully completed the most recent UM EMPCO assessment center process; or is a candidate with:

    • Minimum of two years of law enforcement supervisory experience
    • Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) licensed
    • Minimum of 3 years of law enforcement experience
    • Considerable knowledge of state and federal law and the University of Michigan Regents Ordinances
    • Demonstrated leadership and creative problem solving skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Proven ability to initiate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
    • valid driver’s license is required
    • successfully passed background, physical, drug screen and psychological examination (if applicable)
    • Bachelor’s degree

    Selection Process

    The selection process will measure the following competencies and will be in accordance with the DPSS Hiring and Selection Order:

    • Leadership
    • Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
    • Decision Making
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
    • Building Trust
    • Motivation
    • Work Ethic
    • Integrity
    • Customer Service
    • Adaptability

    The process may include but is not limited to an oral interview, leadership and/or stakeholder interviews, administrative overview, background reviews and any applicable medical components such as drug and psychological screening.

    How to Apply for UM-Flint Police Sergeant Position

    To apply, visit the UM-Flint Careers website. The deadline to apply for this position is August 31, 2022 (Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days). A cover letter is required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should outline your experience that directly relates to the Police Officer position and should be included as the first page of your resume.

    For any questions or concerns regarding the application process or about the police officer position in general, feel free to reach out to Kathy Howe via phone, at (810) 762-3330, or email at

    Additional Information

    Campus Security Policy and Union Affiliation:

    • All members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. As such, you are required to report Clery reportable offenses that come to your attention. DPS employees are required to complete Clery Compliance Training within the first 14 days of employment and annually thereafter.
    • This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Police Officers Association of Michigan union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
    • The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

    More About UM-Flint

    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

    UM COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

    • COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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