Ed Wade has 33 years of law enforcement experience and has spent the last 28 years with the Tacoma (WA) Police Department. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Police and assigned as the Operations Bureau Commander where he oversees the uniformed functions of the department consisting of the Patrol Division and Community Policing Division. Prior to his assignment in Operations, he was the Assistant Chief in charge of the Administrative Services Bureau (ASB). As the ASB Chief, he oversaw all administrative functions of the department to include Internal Affairs, hiring and recruiting, budget, crime analysis, IT, accreditation, fleet, quartermaster, training, and all police facilities.
His previous assignments included SWAT Team Leader and Commander, EOD Commander, Internal Affairs Commander, Patrol Commander, traffic, pro-active street crimes unit, firearms and tactics instructor as well as the department's Range Sergeant.
Deputy Chief Wade has been involved in hundreds of Internal Affairs and bureau level investigations alleging employee policy violations and misconduct as well as investigated or oversaw numerous officer use of force investigations, officer involved shooting incidents and deadly force reviews.
Deputy Chief Wade has a Bachelor's Degree in Law & Justice and Sociology, holds an Executive Certification with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, completed the Northwest Law Enforcement Command College, and attended the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
Deputy Chief Wade has presented an introduction of Internal Affairs to a large number of officers & supervisors, college students, and to community groups to provide a basic understanding of complaint investigations and processes.