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Acting Police Director John Wade
The Orange Police Department's mission is to protect Orange residents, providing efficient quality police services and promoting a safe environment through police-citizen partnerships, with an emphasis on mutual trust, integrity, fairness and professionalism.
About the Acting Director: John Wade
John Wade has been the Police Director since May 13, 2015. Prior to that, his leadership as the Deputy Coordinator of Operations for the Office of Emergency Management led to the successful recovery efforts of our city from Hurricane Sandy. Hired as a Police Officer in October 1990, Director Wade rose to the rank of Lieutenant during his distinguished years of service. He held several key positions within the Orange Police Department, to include Executive Officer to the Police Director, Special Operations, Internal Affairs, Narcotics, and Community Relations. Director Wade's law enforcement liaison work, and assignments to outside agencies at the county, state, and federal level has earned him a very well respected reputation within the law enforcement community. Director Wade's career achievements include his two-year assignment of working with the youth within the Heywood Avenue School, and the five years that he was the designated "Weed Coordinator" for the Weed and Seed Strategy for the City of Orange Township. During his assignment to Weed and Seed, Director Wade was responsible for the coordination, collaboration, managing and leveraging of local, county state, and federal law enforcement resources upon the designated City of Orange Township Weed and Seed Target Area. His work has been formally recognized by the US Department of Justice as a "Best Practice" strategy. At the end of that five-year strategy, the local, national, and international investigations involving his Special Operations Unit received formal recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the US Senate, the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Office of the Governor for the State of New Jersey, for their impact at the local level. Director Wade continues to contribute to the career that he believes in through his position as an Adjunct Instructor at the Essex County College Public Safety Academy, because he believes that the quality cultivation of those at the police recruit level is of the utmost importance.
Deputy Director: Todd Warren
Todd R. Warren was born in Newark, New Jersey to Melvin and Amelia Warren. He attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and graduated from Hillside High School in 1985. As the youngest of four siblings, Todd was introduced to public service by his parents and Uncle, former New Jersey State Assemblyman, the late Willie B. Brown at a very early age.
The Orange Police Department is making changes that will put it on track to becoming one of nations's premiere police forces by:
• New computer-aided dispatch system
• Prioritization of a City-wide camera system
• Re-configured personnel to maximize efficiency
• Renewed working relationships with external law enforcement agencies