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Chief of Police

Palatine, Illinois



Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Phone: 847-925-6707





Application Deadline: NA




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If you're a courageous and honest leader who is able to meet change with innovation to promote and carry out the College mission, this is the opportunity for you. Bring your expertise into our dynamic environment and increase the positive impact of your talent. Apply your skills and experience in a new way, and spread your enthusiasm for excellence at Harper College.

We welcome you to inspire others, contribute to your profession, and enjoy the complete educational experience, collegial setting, and advanced resources of Harper. Share more than your expertise. Share your passion for success.

Chief of Police

Harper College is currently seeking an experienced Chief of Police. The successful candidate will manage, command and lead the operations of the Harper College Police Department to ensure consistency with community based policing and fact based systems that meet the needs of Harper College. You will ensure that Campus Police policies, procedures, practices, services, and programs are appropriate and responsive to a well-established, large suburban college campus with satellite facilities. You will also supervise and direct employees of the Harper College Police Department (HCPD); establish department goals and objectives consistent with the Harper College Strategic Plan; and serve as the College's designated Emergency Management Coordinator.



Requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, social science or related field required. Master's preferred.

  • Completion of a major police management program such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI National Academy is preferred.

  • A minimum of five years of supervisory experience with a college/university police department or a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement agency is required. Community College experience is preferred.

  • Experience must include a strong emphasis on crime prevention, safety management and physical security.

  • Must be a Certified Illinois Peace Officer, or be able to receive Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) certification.

  • Annual mandatory qualification/certification required by law to include: Annual Firearms qualification and Police Chiefs 20-hour annual training.

  • Must have strong functional computer and software skills to include Microsoft Office Suite products and Oracle as well as law enforcement related software products.

  • Openness to change and new methods, a passion for continuous learning and self-improvement, and a willingness to meet change with innovation to promote and carry out the College mission.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff.

  • Ability to be a fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility.

  • Personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with all segments of the College and the public.

  • Understanding, sensitivity, and commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, visit us at:


Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.











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