The Police Foundation has lived through eight U.S. presidents, dating back to Nixon. And now, the prestigious nonprofit will welcome its first officer from UCF.
Brett Meade, who currently serves as the deputy chief for the UCF Police Department, has been selected as a Police Foundation Executive Fellow.
Meade was one of 80 applicants for the UCF PD Deputy Chief position last summer, and he was one of two selected for the position, which he and Deputy Chief Metzger started last August. He was named Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in May.
With 33 years of law enforcement under his belt — the majority of his work being spent at the Orange County Sheriff's Office — Meade brings a new perspective to the Executive Fellow Program, according to a press release from the Police Foundation.
"I'm still excited to put on my uniform every day as I was when I first put on my uniform in 1982," he said.
To help better the campus community, Meade has implemented procedures in the hiring process of the police department.
He said the best officers are the ones who are representative from the diversity standpoint of the university.
"We want to hire police officers who reflect our community [and] understand the importance of our mission, which is providing a safe environment to our students, our faculty and our staff," Meade said.
He said it is important that students are provided with role models and guidance at UCF.
Meade has worked collaboratively with the UCF Police Department and other members of the UCF community, where he has been able to create professional relationships with the police department and university staff.
"I'm hoping to be involved with research, cutting-edge technology, assisting the Police Foundation and conducting reviews of critical incidents," he said.
One of the reasons Meade was selected for the fellowship was because he earned a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Northcentral University in May.
His knowledge and expertise have come from experience ranging from tourist policing to internal affairs and criminal intelligence.
Throughout the years, Meade has worked with youth services and community relations and has traveled around the country teaching officers the Gang Resistance Education Program, according to the release.
"When students leave UCF, they will have a positive impression of their school," he said. "Not just of the university itself, but of the police department that is dedicated to serving them."
Dakota Croog is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.