Wayne James

Deputy Superintendent for Regional Law Enforcement, IUPD Chief Diversity Officer

IU Police Department
2427 E. Second St.
Bloomington, IN


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


Wayne James 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 the department's first deputy superintendent for regional law enforcement in 2018 in addition to his chief diversity role.

James has worked in law enforcement since 2002, joining the Indiana University Police Department in 2009. 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 included patrol operations, dispatch, detective bureau, and SWAT. James is a certified Indiana law enforcement instructor specializing in gangs, building entries and general instruction. In mid-2019, James transitioned to the Public Safety and Institutional Assurance headquarters at IU Bloomington to focus exclusively on his roles as chief diversity office and deputy duperintendent.

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Honors & Awards

  • Medal of Valor
  • SWAT Commendation Award
  • 40 Under 40, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Other Activities

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