- Police Executive Leadership Academy graduate
- Northwestern University Staff and Command School
- Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Management
Gary, Indiana, native Wayne James rose through the ranks of area law enforcement over the last 17 years to serve as the Indiana University Police Department’s Chief of Police at IU Northwest and as IUPD’s first ever Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Superintendent for Regional Law Enforcement.
In July 2020, Wayne was named Assistant Vice President and Deputy Superintendent for Law Enforcement Operations, Diversity and Community Engagement. He oversees the police chiefs on all seven IU campuses, broadening IUPD's focus on diversity and inclusion and strengthening its connection to the larger IU community on these issues.
Wayne spent several years advancing at IUPD-Northwest, where he developed the law enforcement practices and strategies that make the campus one of the safest in the state. The IUPD division was recognized for its diverse workforce, which benefits the campus and surrounding area. A model of servant leadership, Wayne has been asked to work on the IU Bloomington campus and focus exclusively on his roles as Deputy Superintendent for Regional Law Enforcement and Chief Diversity Officer for divisions on all IU campuses.
During Wayne’s law enforcement career, he has worked in a variety of positions, received awards commendations for his work, and taken advantage of professional development that includes the Police Executive Leadership Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and a bachelor’s degree in public safety management. He also serves as an instructor, specializing in such areas as active shooter response, and implicit bias training.
The recognition he has received for his work includes the 40 Under 40 award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, city of Gary Legend Award, a Medal of Valor, the Congressman Pete Visclosky Award for Going Above the Call of Duty, and two awards from the Northwest Indiana Public Information Officers Association for Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and for Officer Recognition and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana Diversity Workforce Award. Additionally, Wayne has been active in community and professional activities and organizations, such as the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, and committees for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Honors & Awards
- Medal of Valor
- SWAT Commendation Award
- 40 Under 40, International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Crisis Management Team
- Behavioral Consultation Team
- Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives