Brett Meade was appointed Deputy Chief of Police for the University of Central Florida Police Department in September of 2014 by Chief Richard Beary, who currently serves as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the United States with over 61.000 students. Deputy Chief Meade previously served almost 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, retiring as the Captain-Commanding Officer of the largest and busiest patrol sector in Orange County, encompassing 400 square miles, 160 deputy sheriffs, and protecting almost 400,000 residents. He began his police career in 1982 with the DeLand Police Department in Florida.
Deputy Chief Meade has 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. For over six years, he served as a Regional Training Administrator for the Gang Resistance Education and Training program (G.R.E.A.T.), and served on several national boards to include a seven-month assignment in Washington D.C. as a G.R.E.A.T. Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Additionally, he chaired the G.R.E.A.T. Elementary Curriculum Development Committee and played a major role in the development of G.R.E.A.T. Program after an initial evaluation found it to be a promising program. The G.R.E.A.T. elementary curriculum has been taught nationwide to more than 4 million students.
He is a recognized expert in domestic terrorism, specializing in the sovereign citizen movement, having trained over 7,000 personnel across Florida on Sovereign Citizen encounters. He was instrumental in obtaining legislation designed to protect public officials from paper terrorism tactics employed by sovereign citizens. Meade serves on the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (Fusion Center) Executive Steering Committee and several other local, state and national boards. He is an instructor for the Florida Leadership Academy with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Meade is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Executive Future Studies Program, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association Future Law Enforcement Executive course. He earned 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 research specialization is factors influencing voluntary turnover and retention of sworn law enforcement personnel.