Officer John Wagstaff, Jr.

Officer John “Jack” Wagstaff Jr serves as a Uniform Patrol Officer with the Durham Police Department (NC). His experience includes serving as a liaison for the Criminal Intelligence Unit, drafting recommendations for patrol beat realignment under the guidance of the IACP, and serving on the planning committee for department’s transition from UCR to NIBRS crime reporting system. Officer Wagstaff is known among the ranks for his work ethic and innovative problem-solving. Since joining DPD in 2015, he has twice been recognized as Officer of the Month and was awarded Officer of the Year in 2018 among 548 sworn personnel.

Officer 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, Officer 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.

Officer Wagstaff holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from the College of Charleston as well as a M.S. in Criminal Justice-Public Administration from Liberty University. His graduate research focused on engendering a climate for evidence-based policing through organizational design. Currently, he is exploring how a dynamic capabilities framework could mitigate many of the challenges associated with policing in a democracy by empowering agencies to proactively shape their environment and achieve superior, lasting performance through the adaptation, reconfiguration, and expansion of its resource base.