Corporal John Wagstaff, Jr.

Corporal John “Jack” Wagstaff Jr serves as a Uniform Patrol Supervisor with the Durham Police Department (NC). His experience includes membership on three specialty teams (Honor Guard, Patrol Sharpshooters, and Mobile Field Force), drafting recommendations for patrol beat realignment under the guidance of the IACP, and serving on the planning committee for the department’s transition from the UCR to the NIBRS crime reporting system. Corporal Wagstaff is known among the ranks for his work ethic and innovative problem-solving. Since joining the DPD in 2015, he has been recognized as the Officer of the Month on three occasions and was awarded both Officer of the Year and Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year in 2018.

Corporal Wagstaff is a staunch purveyor of knowledge in policing and has helped translate research into practice in a variety of capacities. His appetite for research grew from an undergraduate internship with the Charleston Police Department (SC) where he helped establish a Family Violence Unit built on evidence-based practices designed to minimize trauma, improve victim receptiveness to follow-up services, and appraise risk for clinician-investigator paired follow-up under the Childhood Development-Community Policing model. This experience led him to later recommend policy/protocol uplifts and forge new partnerships to improve the Durham Police Department’s response to intimate partner violence. At the request of clinical partners at Duke’s Center of Child and Family Health, Corporal Wagstaff helped identify system-level barriers to a collaborative response to domestic violence among stakeholder organizations and plan realistic, multi-agency training for first responders under the Durham Integrated Domestic Violence System grant. In 2019, he formulated a campus-community coalition that employed an environmental management approach to reduce the consequences of disruptive, off-campus college partying.

Corporal Wagstaff holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Spanish from the College of Charleston as well as a M.S. in Criminal Justice-Public Administration from Liberty University. The focus of his graduate research was engendering a climate for evidence-based policing through organizational design. His other research interests include procedural justice and police legitimacy, citizen oversight, leadership and organizational change, and police accountability.