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The Administration of Chief David A. Wray

David A. Wray was appointed to the position of Greensboro Chief of Police in July of 2003. He graduated from the 54th Police Basic Introductory Course. Throughout his administration, Wray focused his efforts on the reduction of violent crime. To accomplish that goal, he recentralized the components of the department that White had divided. Wray returned to rotating shifts, which proved unpopular with personnel and he instituted the “four watch system” for coverage.

One of Wray’s major contributions during his short tenure was dropping the Field Training Officer program (FTO), which focuses on mechanical repetition and rote memory skills, and introducing the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program: A Contemporary Approach to Post-Academy Recruit Training. The PTO prepares new officers for today’s complex policing needs by developing an officer’s learning ability as well as problem-solving and leadership skills.

To ensure the success of the PTO program, Wray petitioned City Council to create more positions within the department: 16 positions for the new Tactical Special Enforcement Teams (TSET) squads, nine positions for two additional CRT officers per district, three positions for the newly expanded walking squad (Center City Resource Team), two positions for training, a forensic computer detective position, and a new lieutenant position as a “special projects coordinator."

The implementation of the PTO was the first innovation to the FTO in 30 years. TSET consists of four separate eight-man teams. Unlike patrol officers who cover distinct areas, TSET teams work in neighborhoods across the city. The unit mostly handles drug issues, but has also lent assistance to detectives investigating robberies. Wray also improved the In-Service Training Program.

Wray became embroiled in departmental/city politics regarding his duties and responsibilities and he resigned in January 2006.