Wendell M. France joined the Board of Directors of The Clarion Call in 2013 with a desire to support the organizations advocacy work with at risk youth and focus on criminal justice reform. He was selected it’s Chairman in 2015. Additionally, he is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and serves as a member of the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors.
Mr. France is currently the President of France-Booker Consulting Group, LLC. He formerly served as the Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He oversaw the three principle agencies in DPSCS, with a combined staff of 11,000 employees and an annual budget of 1.2 billion dollars. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary; Mr. France held several leadership positions with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, beginning in 1997 as an Assistant Warden of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center.
Mr. Wendell France was the Executive Director of the Citizen Complaint Authority, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Citizen Complaint Authority was established as part of the agreements between the Department of Justice and City of Cincinnati in 2002. The CCA is an independent agency with investigative oversight of complaints of misconduct involving members of the Cincinnati Police Department.
As a Public Safety Consultant and a recognized Police Practices Expert he served as a consultant performing on-site management studies for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in their review of municipal police departments in accordance with the Crime Control Act of 1994. The firm provided recommendations for changes of relevant management systems, policies and procedures. The investigations he has participated in include the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C., the city of Riverside, California Police Department, the City of Los Angeles Police Department, the city of Bakersfield California Police Department, the Detroit Police Department the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department, and the Schenectady New York Police Department. Additionally, Mr. France has drafted operational and administrative policies, particularly in the area of use of force; lethal and non-lethal and reviewed and presented recommendations for training standards specifically in this area.
Pete France’s career as a Police Officer began 1970. He served for twenty seven years with the Baltimore Police Department, retiring as a Commanding Officer (Major) assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Eastern District. During his Command of the Eastern District, there was an overall 42% reduction in crime. The success in crime reduction was the result of his willingness to develop a unique partnership with the community using the National Black Police Association Curriculum Model for Community Policing. He also implemented the Yale University Child Development-Community Policing Program to address the issue of violence and its affects on at risk youth. He was also the Commanding Officer of the Crimes Against Persons Section (Homicide, Robbery and Sex Offense Units).
Mr. France is a graduate of from Forest Park Senior High School, Baltimore, Maryland. He has earned a degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Baltimore and his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. and Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He served on the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards and the Governor’s Commission to Reform Maryland’s Pretrial System.