On Dec. 7, Florida State University announced a national search for a new Assistant Vice President of Safety and Chief of Police. A search and recruiting committee was created the same day under the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Dr. Patricia Warren-Hightower, professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, led the committee in hopes of finding the right candidates that meet the criteria.
The previous chief of police for the FSU Police Department, Chief Terri Brown, retired after 30 years of service to FSU, according to the Florida State News Letter. Chief Brown was appointed as the first female Chief of Police at FSU in August 2019, and oversaw the department through many emergencies and crisis responses, such as the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and cooperating with local, state and federal agencies.
Since Chief Brown’s retirement from the FSU Police Department, Chief Justin Maloy has been made the interim head of the department. Maloy has worked in the fields of law enforcement and corrections since 1995, joining the FSUPD as a patrol officer in 2000, according to the FSUPD.
The specifications and desired qualities for the new chief of FSUPD have been listed in an article published by the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
“The leadership values of our new Chief of FSUPD must encompass modern policing ideas,” the public announcement reads. “These values include building trust and legitimacy, supporting a culture of respect for all, emphasizing training and education, ensuring appropriate use of technology for officer accountability and maintaining a focus on officer safety and wellness.”
In the 21st century, a municipal or campus police chief has many different roles and responsibilities in ensuring the maximum effectiveness of safe policing and community service. According to the Law Enforcement Bulletin from the FBI, community officer leaders and police chiefs need to have common traits and attributes that will bring the community together and use technology and modern law enforcement practices to provide safety.
“When asked what qualities today’s officers should possess, the chiefs agreed on unblemished character; high-quality work ethic; excellent communication skills; technical expertise; capacity to think independently and evaluate a situation; first-rate problem-solving aptitude; exceptional interpersonal skills; analytical and customer-service abilities; and common sense. Individuals do not necessarily acquire these traits through formal education and training,” the FBI said in the Law Enforcement Bulletin provided by the FBI Training Division.
Mayn experts say the relationship between community law enforcement agencies and the general population is essential for providing safety to the jurisdiction and police-citizen relations. The United States Department of Justice interviewed Arlington, Texas Police Chief Will Johnson on his accomplishments for creating community outreach and safety between police and the general population.
“Most importantly, APD has the support of Arlington’s various communities when there are incidents and events that warrant police intervention,” said Chief Johnson. “We’ve also had a great deal of positive feedback from our outreach efforts, our partnerships with the faith-based community and our citizen volunteer and participation programs. This is in addition to good reports from our patrol officers, who say that the members of their community—residents and small business owners alike—are aware of challenges of maintaining order and public safety.”
Students can visit the FSU PD website where more information can be found about crime outreach and prevention. There is also a page where the public can submit compliments, complaints and concerns.