Chief of Police

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) – Plainview Campus 

DEPARTMENT: Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life 

SUPERVISED BY: Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life 

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Patrol Officers, Security Guards, Support staff, and Student Workers

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Chief of Police directs, plans and manages all functions and operations of the police department in the enforcement of laws and university regulations, the prevention of crime, and protection of life and property. Work involves organizing and directing the activities of the police department’s three major divisions of Administrative Support, Police Operations, and Traffic and Parking. The Police Chief reports to and consults with the Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life in determining plans and policies to be observed in police operations.


  1. Direct and coordinate university security, safety and protection programs to include traffic control, patrolling of physical property, enforcement of statues and university regulations, crime prevention and investigation of accidents, injuries and criminal acts
  2. Work to establish and continually maintain a cohesive and effective Wayland Police Force
  3. Plan and direct the implementation of the department’s short-term and long-term goals, objectives and strategies; assist with the ongoing emergency preparedness planning process and the maintenance of the crisis planning document
  4. Provide law enforcement advice, support and information to the university administration on policy and procedural changes that effect departmental operations
  5. Assist all persons in danger of physical harm or victims of crime, accidents, or sudden illness
  6. Identify criminal offenders, making arrests as necessary, and participate in subsequent court or discipline proceedings
  7. Respond to initial complaints of crime and incidents restoring calm, taking necessary action, and initiating appropriate reports
  8. Direct and perform complex managerial work in the enforcement of laws and university policies and procedures; review and interpret laws and regulations affecting the university and the protection of public safety
  9. Maintain effective liaison with local outside law enforcement agencies (i.e. Plainview Police Department, Hale County Sheriff’s Office, Texas State Highway Patrol, etc.)
  10. Present budget estimates, control expenditures, and manage financial resources of departmental appropriations
  11. Serve as university committee member, as necessary
  12. Plan and schedule work of subordinates, ensuring proper distribution of assignments and adequate manning, space and facilities for subsequent performance of duties
  13. Direct various personnel functions including, but not limited to, hiring, terminating, scheduling, guiding, advising, and evaluating university police and security personnel
  14. Establish operational standards for the department, maintain professional discipline in the department and adherence to appropriate policies and procedures of the department and the university
  15. Coordinate the preparation of operational reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions
  16. Prepare all reports accurately, legibly, and completely
  17. Collect and maintain statistical data for reporting purposes with regard to Jeanne Clery Act; execute responsibilities with regard to Clery Act, VAWA, and Department of Education compliance as they relate to the police department
  18. Attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field
  19. Plan, research, and direct training programs, especially on new law enforcement technologies and programs, to provide current information and techniques to subordinates
  20. Prepare and present formal and informal security briefings to members of the university and local community
  21. Instruct and/or make presentations to students and staff
  22. Supervise major event security, investigations, and serve as Incident Commander during critical incidents
  23. Perform both administrative and field police duties
  24. Maintain 24-hour on-call status
  25. Facilitate the movement of vehicular traffic on and around the university, enforcing moving traffic and parking regulations
  26. Acknowledge and respond without delay to calls for service
  27. Carry out other duties as assigned

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by Vice President of Enrollment Management.


Education, Certificate, and License:

  1. Applicants must hold an Advanced Peace Officer Certification with preference given for a Master Peace Officer Certification issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education
  2. Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License within 30 days of hire date
  3. High school diploma or GED required
  4. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or a related field preferred

Experience and Knowledge:

  1. A minimum of ten plus years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement
  2. A minimum of 5 years of Police Officer management and supervision is preferred
  3. Direct experience with law enforcement in educational settings is preferred.
  4. Must come to the job with a reputation for honesty, candor and high ethical conduct within the law enforcement community.
  5. Professing Christian with dedication to the principles of Evangelical Christianity and active support for the Christian mission and core values of the university

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Must be proficient in oral and written communications skills in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Chief of Police and to communicate with employees and community members
  2. Ability to provide positive and motivational leadership to Police Department personnel
  3. Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions; ability to be an effective facilitator who can lead critical analysis of existing processes and can assist those involved in formulating recommendations for improvement without alienating others
  4. Ability to physically apprehend and detain suspects
  5. Ability to process crime scenes which requires the locating, identification, recovery and maintenance of evidence


Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.   If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Employee must be able and willing to travel.  Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle and possess a valid state driver’s license or have access to reliable transportation.  Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.