Gary Wallace standing in front of Middletown police stationGary M. Wallace

Gary Wallace is from East Hampton, Connecticut. He is a 1985 graduate of East Hampton High School. Wallace is a Naval War Veteran from the Persian Gulf Era (1987-1991) and served on board the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier during war time.  He is an active member of the American Legion Post 75 Veterans group in Middletown, CT.  (Military Awards: Navy Unit Commendation, Coast/Navy Special Operations Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist).

Wallace is a 2009 graduate of Middlesex Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently enrolled at Charter Oak State College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

A 23 year member of the Middletown, CT police force, Captain Wallace oversees the Investigative Services Division. The division is comprised of three units, Special, Major, and Narcotics Investigations. The 18 detectives investigate all major crimes throughout the City of Middletown, CT. During his elevation through the ranks he has served in many different positions including, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Special Investigations Unit Supervisor, Patrol Lieutenant, Internal Affairs Unit Supervisor, Investigative Services Division Executive Officer, Patrol Division Commander, and the Investigative Services Division Commander.

Community Involvement:

*Vice President of the North End Action Team Advisory Board– urban, grass roots organization focusing on quality of life issues, education, and empowerment of residents in the north end of the city (www.neatmiddletown.org).

*Vice President of the Board of Directors for Gilead Community Services– The second largest mental health agency in Middlesex County behind DHMAS.  Gilead serves over 400 clients in the county with headquarters in Middletown, CT.  Wallace serves on the board and several subcommittees.  He participates in events such as the annual client awards banquet, group home visits, finance and development, and governance. (www.gileadcs.org).

*Second Vice President of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Community Services– St. Luke’s serves a small elderly, independent living community in Middletown.  It also has a component that serves military veterans.  Wallace is active on the Board of Director’s, the Vets4Vets subcommittee, development and housing committees, which oversees the 25 unit home for the elderly. (www.stlukescommunityservices.org).

*Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council Advisory Board- MCSAAC works to reduce substance abuse throughout the county by hosting and/or funding relevant activities.  Wallace is on the Advisory Board that governs the programs and funding for numerous activities throughout Middlesex County (www.mcsaac.org).

*Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Youth Mentor- Wallace served as a youth mentor for five years, four of which were with a student at Macdonough Elementary School (www.middlesexchamber.com).

*National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives- Wallace serves on the executive board as the Corresponding Secretary.  NOBLE CT is a chapter of NOBLE National.  “Justice by Action” is the commitment to which the membership governs itself.  A provision of public service, NOBLE seeks solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, participates in numerous community activities, and encourages leadership within law enforcement.  Wallace has participated on numerous law enforcement promotional panels, assessment centers, as well as fund raising events for the organization that benefit inner city youth throughout Connecticut (www.noblenational.org).

*Middlesex Community College Campus Resource Team- the resource team focuses on compliance with Title IX with regard to reporting procedures for students and staff, rights and responsibilities, and prevention of sex discrimination on campus.

*Wesleyan University Public Safety Commission- the commission focuses on the relationship between WESU Public Safety Officers, Middletown Police Officers, and Wesleyan University students.  Monthly meetings with stakeholders review policies, procedures, training opportunities, transportation issues, and rapport building.

*Wesleyan University Title IX Core Group- representing Middletown PD, Wallace joins members at Wesleyan University committed to ending sexual violence on campus.  The group is also working to ensure that the university remains compliant in reporting procedures.

*State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management/ JJAC (Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee)/Trainer:  Effective Police Interaction with Youth:  a curriculum facilitated by certified Connecticut police officers since 2006 that offers strategies and information to police officers when interacting with adolescents.  Wallace has been on the team since its inception and travels locally and nationally to train officers upon request through the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. He also sits on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) for OPM.

*Middletown PBA Pipes & Drums- Wallace is a life-long percussionist with a strong passion for playing the snare drum.  He participates with a core group of officers and community members that formed a bagpipe and drum band several years ago.  Wallace plays the snare drum on the marching drum line during parades, ceremonies, fund raisers, and other special events throughout Connecticut.

Recent Recognition

CT Sex Assault Crisis Services:  Outstanding Service to the Community in the Prevention of Sexual Assaults. 2013

Senator Richard Blumenthal in Connection with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence First 100 Membership for the prevention of domestic violence. 2013

Connecticut’s Exchange Club Salute to Connecticut’s Finest Officer of the Year. 2013

The 100 Men of Color (CT & Eastern MA) for Outstanding Service to the Community. 2015