Wayne A. Jones assumed the role of the 21st Police Chief of the Miami Beach Police Department on September 1, 2023. With a distinguished 27-year career entirely within the City of Miami Beach, Chief Jones ascended through various roles, including patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and major, ultimately attaining the position of Deputy Chief in 2019. His extensive experience has significantly benefited our city. Notably, during his tenure as a sergeant in community affairs, he laid the groundwork for the now nationally acclaimed Homeless Resource Officer Program, which employs a comprehensive approach to outreach, engagement, and enforcement.
In his capacity as a major overseeing support services, Chief Jones orchestrated a strategic initiative to bolster the recruitment of female police officers, leading to an increase in hires from 12% to 18%. Additionally, while serving as a major in the criminal investigations division, he established the department's human trafficking unit. The unit subsequently went on to lead Miami-Dade County in trafficking investigations and arrests for sex trafficking offenses.
Chief Jones earned a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from Florida Memorial University, along with a master's in public administration from Florida International University. His educational journey also encompasses an associate's degree from Miami Dade College in professional piloting and technology. He is a distinguished Miami Fellows (Class II) Alumni. Noteworthy accomplishments include Chief Jones's successful completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar program and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police.