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Public Information Officer & Crime Prevention Specialist

Schaumburg, Illinois


Village of Schaumburg

101 Schaumburg Court

Schaumburg, IL 60193

Phone: 847-923-3910

Fax: 847-923-2447



Salary: $74,394.00 - $107,896.00 DOQ

Population: 74,999

Sworn Officers: 116

Application Deadline: 3/12/16







Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist with an online application deadline of 03/12/2016 or until 75 applicants have successfully completed the application process.








$74,394.00 - $107,896.00 annually dependent on qualifications.


Please attach as part of your application all necessary documents verifying that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.





Under the direction of the Police Chief this position is responsible for the managing of the police department public information, crime free multi-housing training and crime prevention community coordination and education. The position is responsible for media release of information in response to reported police activities. The position requires written communications as well verbal interviews and follow-up with media

outlets. The position will have the primary responsibility to oversee crime prevention measures as well as the crime free multi-housing program. The position must maximize the utilization and impact of outgoing police department communications, regarding a wide range of programs, services, issues, and policies, through leveraging existing technology and outlets resulting in better informed public and internal organization.


This position is a supervisory position with subordinate personnel assigned. Internal candidates of the Schaumburg Police Department must have the rank of sergeant to apply. External candidates if chosen will be supervisors in a non-sworn capacity.





Evaluates needs within the community in order to plan, develop and implement various programs relative to community safety. The position gathers reviews and analyzes statistical data to determine what areas of the community require an emphasis in crime prevention or other life safety instruction and education. Takes overall responsibility, and utilizes independent judgment, for directing the police department communication program through initiating, developing, organizing, managing, enhancing, and maintaining the program and those related activities to support the police department. Promotes the police department through own initiative and as directed to research, write, prepare, and release information designed to maintain, improve, and enhance interaction in the community. Position utilizes proven media announcement methods, including but not limited to: press releases, news articles, social media, cable television public access channel, web page features, employee intranet, and media events to promote police department projects, programs and activities. Serves as the Village PIO when the Emergency Operations Center is activated. Supervises the assessment of community needs regarding police crime prevention programs. Ensures accurate handling by other personnel of community concerns regarding crime prevention. Be familiar with all department crime prevention programs. Be familiar with all department policies, state laws, and ordinances. Evaluate and implement crime prevention programs through environmental design working in conjunction with citizens, businesses and other village departments. Coordinate with the staff in analyzing current programs and development of short-term and long-term project plans for the growth and success of crime prevention programs. Keep abreast of new technologies that can be utilized to improve efficiency, increase service levels, increase customer satisfaction level and/or lower costs. Conducts seminars or supervises other staff in presentations to citizens on various crime prevention programs such Senior Safety, Neighborhood Watch, Project Home safe/Child safe, Identity Theft etc. Conduct or supervise others in teaching crime prevention seminars with businesses such as Robbery/Burglary, False-Alarm Reduction Program, Con Games/Fraud, etc. Conduct an annual survey of citizen attitudes and opinions to include overall department performance, competence of department employees, officer attitude and behavior toward citizens, concern over safety and security within the departmentís service area as a whole and in the area where the respondent lives, and

recommendations and suggestions for areas of improvement. Teach and /or supervise staff in teaching the components of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program and be able to answer questions in the community on the importance of the program. Coordinate crime prevention community wide programs such as National Night Out. Manage the police department volunteer program. Keep abreast of other village departmentsí functions, procedure and practices to better utilize those departments in crime prevention functions. Provide pleasant, helpful and effective community relations services. Ability to formulate coordinates, and implements plans as they relate to community relations crime prevention programs. Facilitates and leads collaborative partnerships and coalitions with other organizations involved in safety initiatives. Attends and participates in meetings, training sessions and conferences to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the police public education field. Prepares reports and documentation of activities and maintains appropriate files. Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.





Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Work on assignments with rigid time schedules and deadlines. Work with a considerable amount of independence, with the ability to manage workload and immediacy, importance, and timeliness of certain projects. It is a necessity to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and independently or by directing resources create attractive documents and related presentational materials. Ability to communicate clearly in English, both written and verbal. Ability to comprehend and apply policies and procedures of the department. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to sit for long periods of time. Prolonged periods of concentration. Walk up and down flights of stairs, stand intermittently and walk through the police and other buildings. Drive and operate a motor vehicle.




  • Bachelorís degree in Criminal Justice, Public Relations, Public Administration, or related field.

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Community Relations, or related field.

  • A minimum of two years of supervisory experience coordinating a range of activities undertaken by others that involve directing, monitoring, and evaluating performance of staff.

  • Possession of a valid driverís license.

  • Proficient with current computer software systems, including email, calendar programs, job specific software, and customer service systems preferred or prior to completion of the trial period.

Considerable knowledge of the geography of the Village of Schaumburg. Ability to impart information clearly and concisely. Ability to formulate, coordinate and implement policies and procedures. Ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other employees. Considerable knowledge of the principles, techniques and objectives of public information. Knowledge of the regulations, procedures, and services of municipal government as well as a law enforcement agency. Skill in presenting information clearly and in an interesting manner on radio and television and in person to community groups. The ability to recognize opportunities for innovative approaches to public relations activities. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with elected officials, advisory bodies, consultants, community and professional organizations, media, and the public. Ability to work independently and as both a leader and a member of a team.





The Village of Schaumburg has a competitive benefit package which include:

  • Section 125 cafeteria plan including health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts

  • A retirement plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

  • Paid holidays

  • Paid vacation

  • Sick leave




Candidate screening process may consist of an application review, skills testing, employability assessment, interviews, reference checks, and other job-related testing or verifications. Chosen candidates will be subject to a background and criminal history investigation, and qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug screen.















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