New UOPD chief wants to strengthen campus connections

ByLavinia E. Smith

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Just after a nationwide look for, Jason Wade has been picked as the College of Oregon Police Department’s new main of law enforcement, helpful June 1.

Wade, a UOPD officer considering that 2014, delivers a lot more than 25 yrs of expertise and a deep motivation to community policing. As law enforcement captain, Wade led the department’s accreditation system, producing the UOPD the initially campus law enforcement office in Oregon to be accredited by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance.  

Jason WadeHe also created the first UOPD Cadet Academy to progress the department’s target of developing and sustaining a varied and inclusive operate drive. In addition, UOPD qualified and this yr introduced on duty 10 unarmed group company officers. The officers broaden the providers and connection to campus. 

Wade, who embraces the UOPD’s new methods, said he wants to build meaningful connections with underserved communities and have interaction equally with all associates of the group with compassion and empathy.“Police officers, CSOs and staff of the office are genuinely community servants doing work in the greatest interest of our local community,” Wade claimed. “The UOPD’s authority comes from our community’s trust and approval of how we carry out ourselves.”

Chief Resilience Officer Andre Le Duc, chair of the lookup committee, cited a variety of strengths that created Wade a great selection for the university.

“Jason Wade has much more than 20 a long time of working experience performing on a school campus,” Le Duc stated. “He’s committed to university student basic safety, and he understands the need to have to tackle concerns pupils facial area, such as mental overall health.”

Shelly Kerr, director of College Counseling Solutions and a search committee member, famous it is vital to deal with those difficulties on today’s campuses.

“The need to have to deal with mental health and fitness difficulties sensitively, compassionately and properly has in no way been extra significant,” Kerr claimed. “I look forward to doing the job closely with Main Wade, UOPD command staff members and officers in the place of campus mental overall health specially and supporting a safe and sound and healthier campus usually.” 

The UOPD operates 24 hrs a working day year-round, serving the campus with sworn police officers, group services officers, protection officers and civilian team in a range of roles. The office will work with campus and local community associates to track security troubles and use tested approaches for prevention and response.

Dean of College students Marcus Langford, who also served on the research committee, sees Wade fulfilling a want at the UO.

“I appear forward to functioning with Jason as he and the other UOPD command staff members partner with the campus community to create and sustain each a vision, and day by day operations, for UOPD that is reflective of the uniqueness of operating inside an instructional ecosystem,” Langford claimed.