John Wade - Director of Community Affairs
Director Wade is a former Police Director, with over 27 years of law enforcement experience. His assignments included: Executive Officer, Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention - Community Policing, Housing, Street Crimes - Narcotics, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, and several task forces targeting organized crime, and anti-terrorism. He considers the best six years of his career while serving as law enforcement coordinator of a former US Department of Justice crime suppression strategy that, as part of a holistic approach, involved law enforcement, community policing, neighborhood restoration, and prevention, intervention and treatment. Team strategy impacts under his command during that time attributed to a 50% drop in crime within public housing, an overall 30% drop in citywide crime, and recognized as Best Practices at the federal, state, and local levels.
Director Wade is a Veteran of the US Air Force, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and a Masters of Administrative Sciences Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has completed Police Executive Leadership and Command College training through Penn State University, DEA and FBI – LEEDA.
As the Director of Community Affairs, Director Wade serves as the Public Information Officer for MCSO, addresses sensitive and confidential law enforcement issues from a non-sworn perspective, and establishes and maintains diplomatic relations with public safety officials, city and elected officials, faith based organizations, advocacy groups, non profits, schools, community organizations, homeowners associations, and residents to promote partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the MCSO and the community, as a whole.