Chief Brett Meade began his police career in 1982 with the DeLand Police Department in Florida. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Police of the University of Central Florida Police Department in September of 2014 and retired with the honorary rank of Chief in October 2018. The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the United States with over 80,000 students, faculty, and staff. Chief Meade previously served almost 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, retiring as a Patrol Commander, with practical command leadership in administrative as well as operational positions to include Campus Law Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Tourism Safety, Intelligence, Patrol Command, and Youth Prevention programs. He embraces community policing and intelligence-led policing philosophies, with documented and proven success in crime reduction by developing and implementing successful collaborative community strategies, anti-gang initiatives, and prevention programs utilizing a team approach.
For over six years, he served as a Regional Training Administrator for the Gang Resistance Education and Training program (GREAT) and served on several national boards, to include a seven-month assignment in Washington D.C. as a GREAT Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Additionally, he chaired the GREAT Elementary Curriculum Development Committee. The GREAT elementary curriculum has been taught nationwide to over 4 million students.
Chief Meade is a recognized expert in domestic terrorism specializing in the sovereign citizen movement, having trained over 7,000 personnel across the State of Florida on Sovereign Citizen Encounters. He was also instrumental in obtaining legislation designed to protect public officials from paper terrorism tactics employed by sovereign citizens and served on the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (Fusion Center) Executive Steering Committee and several other local, state and national boards. He is a Senior Instructor for the Criminal Justice Executive Institute with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Chief Meade is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Executive Future Studies Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association Future Law Enforcement Executive course. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology from Daytona State College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Webster University, and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. His specialization is factors influencing voluntary turnover and retention of sworn law enforcement personnel.