John G. Strader serves as an Assistant Chief overseeing the Investigative Services Bureau, which consists of the Forensics Division, the Counter Narcotics Alliance, and the Central Investigations Division.
Assistant Chief Strader started his public safety career with the Tucson Police Department in 2000. He has worked in many disciplines throughout the agency. As a Sergeant, Detective and Officer, he worked patrol in the Midtown Division, with the Street Level Narcotics Unit, the Financial Crimes Investigative Unit, the Gang Investigative Unit, the Adult Sexual Assault Investigative Unit, and as a Hostage Negotiator. As a Lieutenant, he served as a commander in Operations Division Midtown, the Training Division, and in the Office of Chief of Police as the Executive Officer. As a Captain, he served as the Southside Patrol Division Commander.
Assistant Chief Strader came to the Tucson Police Department shortly after graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Microbiology. While with the Department, he continued his educational pursuits; first obtaining his Master of Education in Counseling from Northern Arizona University, then his Doctor of Management from the University of Phoenix, and lastly his Juris Doctor from Arizona Summit Law School. Assistant Chief Strader has also attended executive education training with the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, the Foundations in Public Sector Leadership, and the Southwest Leadership Program through the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management.
After being admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2015 and the United States Federal Bar in 2017, Assistant Chief Strader serves as a volunteer attorney with the Arizona Justice Program, Disabled Veterans Program, the Modest Means Project, and as a volunteer executive board member for La Frontera Arizona.