Deputy Chief of Police

About the Role

The Deputy Chief of Police serves as the secondary administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement and administrative components of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, an internationally accredited and full-service law enforcement agency. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Public Safety within the Division of Administration, the Deputy Chief of Police will assume a wide range of responsibilities including directing and administering operations of all policing initiatives of the campus community and medical center communities. S/he will develop and implement effective crime prevention strategies including a comprehensive community-oriented policing program.  

The Deputy Chief of Police manages operations of the department staff of approximately 95 sworn police officers and approximately 200 security personnel. This position maintains a high level of visibility within the campus community. The main responsibility is to operationalize organizational goals and objectives in order to maximize the performance of the department using current law enforcement techniques and equipment. The Deputy Chief is responsible for oversight of operational commitments for the department and is the primary liaison with outside law enforcement agencies to ensure that the University community is safe at all times.

How to apply

VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU job portal located at the link below:

VCU job portal for Deputy Chief of Police


Contact & submissions

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Tanya-Lee Giscombe. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. 

Tanya-Lee Giscombe