Chief Brett Meade began his police career in 1982 with the DeLand Police Department in Florida. Chief Meade served almost 25 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, retiring as a Patrol Commander. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Police for the University of Central Florida Police Department in September of 2014 and retired with the honorary rank of Chief in October 2018. In 2018, Chief Meade joined the National Policing Institute as a Senior Program Manager and assisted law enforcement agencies nationwide in initiatives such as recruiting/retention, officer and staff wellness and safety, and crisis intervention training.  Additionally, Chief Meade served as a Subject Matter Expert on critical Incident reviews of the PULSE nightclub shooting and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting. Most recently, Chief Meade served as the Chief of Police for the Mount Dora Police Department.

Chief Meade has extensive command leadership experience in administrative as well as operational positions to include Campus Law Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Tourism Safety, Intelligence, Patrol Command, Investigations, leadership development, and Youth Prevention programs strategies, anti-gang initiatives, and prevention programs focusing on officer wellness. Chief Meade is a Senior Instructor for the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has trained hundreds of supervisors, managers, and police executives nationwide in leadership topics.

Chief Meade is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Executive Future Studies Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association Future Law Enforcement Executive course. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology from Daytona State College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Webster University, and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University.