1984-1987

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The Administration of Chief C.D. Wade

Major Conrad D. Wade was appointed the 16th Chief of Police in Greensboro on August 8, 1985. The crowning achievement during Chief Wade's tenure was the awarding of accreditation status to the Department. Adhering to rigid standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Department began the lengthy accreditation process soon after Chief Wade took office. Following an exhaustive self-review, many areas of performance were strengthened to meet or exceed accreditation standards. New methods, procedures and policies were adopted.
This complete review of the Department's rules and regulations resulted in a new Departmental Directives Manual. Standard Operating Procedures were written for each functional unit. Following an on-site review by a team of assessors, the Greensboro Police Department was awarded accreditation status on November 9, 1986, becoming the first North Carolina law enforcement agency to receive accreditation.

During Chief Wade's administration, the Departmental Awards program became a reality. The first awards were presented in May, 1985.

On June 3, 1985, Greensboro again received national attention when officers from several agencies attempted to arrest Frederick "Fritz" Klenner Jr., for murder. As officers attempted the apprehension, Klenner opened fire with automatic weapons, wounding one Greensboro officer. After a lengthy vehicle pursuit into northern Guilford County, Klenner's vehicle exploded, killing Klenner, his cousin Susie Lynch and her two children.

Departmental Improvements

During Chief Wade's administration, the PRIDE program was developed and launched. This program is designed to evaluate the physical well-being of officers and to offer specific programs for improving both their health and lifestyles.

Chief Wade also directed a major study of the Department's long-term handgun needs. As a result, the Department began issuing Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistols in early 1987. Many other agencies have followed Greensboro's lead in this area.

Chief Wade retired on January 15, 1987. As a result of the efforts made during his tenure, the GPD had officially attained the goal that Chief Jarvis had set forth in 1937: national recognition of the Department's excellence.