Wayne James

Deputy Superintendent for Regional Law Enforcement, IUPD Chief Diversity Officer

IU Police Department
IU Northwest
Moraine Student Center
Room 116
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN


  • Police Executive Leadership Academy graduate
  • Northwestern University Staff and Command School
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Management


Wayne James has been in law enforcement for almost 13 years with the last six at Indiana University Police Department.  He has served in many roles during his law enforcement career, such as patrol officer, detective, corporal, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, operations lieutenant, executive lieutenant and SWAT officer.

James served the IU Northwest campus as the interim chief of police before being named chief of police in spring 2016. His responsibilities include patrol operations, dispatch, detective bureau, and SWAT. James is a certified Indiana law enforcement instructor specializing in gangs, building entries and general instruction. He was named the department's first Chief Diversity Officer in 2017. In this role, he shows leadership throughout the department in such issues as community engagement, officer training and employee recruitment. He became deputy superintendent for regional law enforcement in 2018.

News release: IUPD-Northwest's new police chief is visible, approachable and can relate to a rough upbringing

Honors & Awards

  • Medal of Valor
  • SWAT Commendation Award

Other Activities

  • Crisis Management Team
  • Behavioral Consultation Team
  • Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives