John M. Eason named Chief of Police of the Wauchula Police Department
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, John M. Eason was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Wauchula Police Department. Judge Marcus Ezelle performed the ceremony. Family, friends, co-workers and City Commissioners were all in attendance to show their support.
Chief John M. Eason was born in St Petersburg, FL and grew up in Avon Park, Florida. Chief Eason graduated from Avon Park High School in 1992 at which time he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Chief Eason was stationed at Fort Wainwright / Eielson AFB, Alaska from April 1993 to May 1996. While stationed in Alaska he was assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron (3rd ASOS). Also while in Alaska,
Chief Eason volunteered with the Fairbanks Police Department as a Volunteer In Policing (VIP) in their Community Oriented Policing (COPs) program. Chief Eason was transferred from Fort Wainwright, Alaska to Keesler AFB located in Biloxi, Mississippi in May 1996. While stationed at Keesler AFB, Chief Eason was assigned to the 332nd Training Squadron. Chief Eason was Honorably Discharged from military service in May 1997.
Chief Eason began his law enforcement career in May 1997 after having demonstrated a strong desire to be involved in law enforcement from an early age having been actively involved as a Law Enforcement Explorer with the Avon Park Police Department. Chief Eason began working for the Florida Department of Corrections in May 1997 at Union Correctional Institution in Starke, Florida. Chief Eason transferred to Avon Park Correctional Institution in July 1998. While working for the Florida Department of Corrections, Chief Eason was a member of the Avon Park CI Rapid Response Team (RRT). These specially trained teams provide emergency response to any emergency or natural disaster affecting correctional institutions in the State of Florida.
Chief Eason began his career with the Wauchula Police Department in October 2002 as a part-time patrol officer while still employed with at Avon Park Correctional Institution. Chief Eason remained a part-time patrol officer until March 2003 at which time he left the Avon Park Correctional Institution and became a full-time patrol officer. Chief Eason was promoted from Patrolman 2nd Class to Patrolman 1st Class on
March 8th, 2005. Chief Eason was promoted from Patrolman 1st Class to Sergeant on May 3rd, 2005.
Chief Eason became a certified law enforcement instructor in March 2005 through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and has been employed as an Adjunct Instructor at South Florida State College since July 2005. Chief Eason provides instruction in both the Law Enforcement and Corrections disciplines. Chief Eason is also certified as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations Instructor, Medical First Responder Instructor, Taser Instructor and School Crossing Guard Instructor. As a firearms and Taser instructor, Chief Eason provides annual re-qualification training to all law enforcement members of the Wauchula Police Department. This training includes the proper use of force as well as the proper use of both firearms and Taser use/deployment.
Chief Eason is also an active Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers instructor with the American Heart Association and has personally been involved in the certification of more than 1000+ person(s) in CPR and First Aid. Chief Eason provides this instruction to all City of Wauchula employees every two (2) years to ensure that not only our law enforcement officers can respond to an emergency but also that all City of Wauchula employees can provide these life saving techniques until the arrival of advanced medical care.
Chief Eason is also an avid SCUBA diver and is certified as a Dive Control Specialist / Assistant Instructor. Chief Eason is also certified as an Advanced Open Water diver as well as a Stress and Rescue Diver.
During Chief Eason’s employment with the Wauchula Police Department he has received several awards and accolades, which include receiving the Life Savers Medal, Accommodation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Unit Citation Award. Chief Eason has also received several accommodation letters from surrounding agencies to include the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Fort Meade Police Department. Chief Eason was also named Officer of Year (2005) and Employee of the Month (April 2012).
Chief Eason demonstrates a level of dedication, loyalty, and professionalism to both the Wauchula Police Department as well as the City of Wauchula. Chief Eason believes in and lives by the Wauchula Police Department Mission Statement of treating all citizens with Integrity, Respect, Fairness, and Compassion.