In July 2021, Chief Meade was tasked with serving the Mount Dora Police Department as their Interim Chief of Police and to conduct a comprehensive department assessment, which included surveys from officers and staff as well as the public. As a result, MDPD now has a solid foundation and ten established department priorities, many of which focus on community partnerships. In April 2021, Chief Meade was promoted to Chief of Police.
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.
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, and Youth Prevention programs. He embraces Community Policing and Intelligence Led Policing philosophies, with documented and proven success in crime reduction by developing and implementing successful collaborative community strategies, anti-gang initiatives, and prevention programs utilizing a team approach.
In 2018, Chief Meade joined the National Policing Institute as a Senior Program Manager. The NPI is the oldest non-profit research organization in the United States dedicated to improving policing through science and innovation. Chief Meade 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.
Chief Meade is a recognized expert in domestic terrorism specializing in the sovereign citizen movement. He has trained over 7,000 personnel across the State of Florida on Sovereign Citizen Encounters, and he was instrumental in obtaining legislation designed to protect public officials from paper terrorism tactics employed by sovereign citizens. Chief Meade served on the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (Fusion Center) Executive Steering Committee and several other local, state and national boards. He is a Senior Instructor for the Criminal Justice Executive Institute with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has trained hundreds of supervisors, managers, and police executives nationwide.
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 Chiefs Association’s Future Law Enforcement Executive course. He earned an associate 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. His specialization is factors influencing voluntary turnover and retention of sworn law enforcement personnel.