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Lt. Wayne James named Interim Chief of Police for IUPD-NW


Patricia Nowak to depart Feb. 12 for new position; campus to begin search for new chief

Wednesday Jan 27, 2016


Lt. Wayne James, a six-year veteran of Indiana University Police Department – Northwest (IUPD-NW), has been appointed as the Interim Chief of Police for the campus force.

Chief Patricia Nowak has resigned to pursue her career in a similar role at Purdue University Northwest, which includes the consolidated regional campuses of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central, as well as the addition of a residential component.

Lt. James has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years and has served in many roles, including patrol officer, detective, corporal, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, operations lieutenant and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officer. Most recently, Lt. James had served the campus as the executive lieutenant, in which he was responsible for patrol operations, dispatch, detective bureau, SWAT, and serves on the crisis management and behavioral consultation teams.

Lt. James is also a certified Indiana law enforcement instructor specializing in gangs, building entries and general instruction. He is a 2011 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy (PELA), Northwestern University Staff and Command School and has earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management. He is the current President of the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Throughout his career, James has received several awards, commendations, and recognitions for excellence.  In July of 2012, he received a Medal of Valor as well as a commendation award for a SWAT call. He has received numerous other awards for officer of the year and drug investigations during his previous roles before coming to IUPD-NW.

Andrew Kapocius, executive director of Facilities and Operations, said a search committee is currently being assembled for the process of vetting candidates for the open position.

To reach Lt. James, contact the IUPD-NW at (219) 980-6501.

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