FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO
Jeff Schlanger is a leading authority on institutional change management, with more than four decades of experience at the highest levels of law, law enforcement, independent investigations and monitorships. His newest venture, IntegrAssure, builds on his experience in conducting independent investigations, monitoring police departments, banks, and other major institutions, and blending those skills with a risk management process to promote reform, continuous improvement, and integrity assurance.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Erin Pilnyak is a results-driven executive with significant project management experience and a proven track record in devising and implementing system-wide policy and strategic plans. Her experience includes successfully executing police and criminal justice reform at both the Mayoral and Police Department levels.
Renee Appelbaum is a former Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department and recently retired after serving 25 years with the Department. She served as the Executive Officer and then as the Commanding Officer of the Inspector General Coordination Unit (IGCU), which was tasked with direct interface with the Office of the Inspector General of NYPD (OIG), an agency that was created in 2014 to collaboratively develop recommendations for police reform following reviews of policies and practices of the Department. She coordinated NYPD’s responses to OIG reports, including reports on a variety of use of force issues, and was responsible for monitoring and tracking the Department’s implementation of reforms recommended by the OIG. In addition to her responsibilities relative to the OIG, she was also responsible for supervising the production of data and documents to the court-appointed federal monitor and the Department of Investigation.
Ms. Appelbaum’s NYPD experience also includes supervising crime complaint audits in the Data Integrity Unit, and in conducting training on crime reporting for all newly promoted supervisors. She began her career on patrol as a police officer in the 73rd Precinct and as a Sergeant in the 66th Precinct. Prior to joining the NYPD, Ms. Appelbaum received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from New York University
Jorge X. Camacho
Jorge X. Camacho is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Associate Research Scholar at Yale Law School and serves as the Policing, Law, and Policy Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. His work at Yale primarily focuses on policing and public safety policy locally and nationally. Prior to joining Yale, Camacho served as a law and policy advisor at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and at the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and has served on multiple government task forces and committees throughout his years in government service, including serving on the Steering Committee of the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and chairing its Subcommittee on Law Enforcement and Social Justice. He currently serves as part of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO). He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, where he was a Philip Evans Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal.
Elizabeth Carreño-Diaz, Ph.D., is Director of Community Affairs & Strategic Communications Bureau at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety (DPS). Her responsibilities include supervision of sworn and civilian personnel, deployment, event planning, community organizing, social media communications, budget and risk management as well as policy implementation and strategic planning. She has held multiple positions within DPS, ranging from field officer to executive command level as a Community Relations subject matter expert. She also serves as a Public Information officer for USC DPS, Spanish interpreter, and guest speaker in national campus and law enforcement conferences. She is currently a lecturer on Community relations in Policing at Woodbury University. In addition to field expertise, she possesses a multitude of practitioner and academic certificates. She received her B.S. from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University and is currently in the process of completing a Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development Degree with a focus on stakeholder analysis and inclusion in the process of transforming public safety at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Cassandra “Cassi” Chandler
Cassandra “Cassi” Chandler has led a distinguished career in both law enforcement and banking as a leader, an intelligence strategist, and an investigator. Ms. Chandler spent 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she directed criminal and domestic terrorism intelligence, white collar crimes, financial crimes, and cybercrime and foreign intelligence activity investigations. She led the FBI’s training division, redesigned the Bureau’s health care fraud and criminal intelligence programs, and was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service as an Assistant Director. She retired as Special Agent in Charge of the Norfolk, Virginia FBI Field Office. She then joined Bank of America where she was responsible for building an integrated framework to identify, evaluate and assess emerging regulatory risks and the operational effectiveness of enterprise coverage areas. She also served as a member of the NYPD Federal Monitor Team. She is currently President and CEO of Vigeo Alliance, which partners with businesses to grow emerging leaders, retain diverse talent, and build a culture of leadership in an inclusive organization. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive under President George W. Bush, the National Center for Women & Policing’s “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award, and the Norfolk NAACP Trailblazer Award. She earned dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Journalism and in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Loyola University and as part of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).
Brandon Del Pozo
Brandon del Pozo served in the New York City Police Department for 19 years, where he commanded two patrol precincts and served in various strategic planning capacities, and for four years as the Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont. While chief of Burlington, he led the city's response to the opioid crisis with a public health and harm reduction approach, and piloted and implemented ICAT, the Police Executive Research Forum's pathbreaking de-escalation and use of force curriculum. He is presently a postdoctoral researcher in substance use and drug policy at The Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He serves on the federal consent decree monitoring team for the Newark, New Jersey Police Department and on the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO). He holds a PhD in philosophy from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, a master of arts in criminal justice from John Jay College, a master of public administration from Harvard, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Robin S. Engel
Robin S. Engel, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police / UC Center for Police Research and Policy. From 2016-2019, she served as UC’s Vice President for Safety and Reform where her administrative duties included oversight of the daily operations and implementation of comprehensive reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD) in the aftermath of a critical incident involving the fatal police shooting of an unarmed motorist. Dr. Engel engages in police research and evaluations designed to reduce harm in communities and make police-citizen encounters safer by promoting best practices through academic-practitioner partnerships. She has served as Principal Investigator for over eighty research grants, totaling over twenty-one million dollars, and has published over sixty research articles, books, and chapters, along with dozens of technical reports for practitioners. She has previously been ranked among the top academics, and the number one female in the field of criminal justice/criminology based on publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Her work on community violence reduction resulted in several prominent team awards including the 2008 IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the 2009 IACP/West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations, and the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. She has served as an expert on policing and violence reduction for panels convened at the White House and 10 Downing Street. In 2017, Dr. Engel was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany. She currently serves as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, and as the co-chair of IACP’s Research Advisory Committee. She is a consultant on police training for the Ohio Attorney General and serves as a member of the National Police Foundation’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race and currently serves a member of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).
Richard Esposito is a highly accomplished media and communications executive whose expertise spans crisis and corporate communications, government and public affairs, change management and investigations. Prior to returning to the private sector in 2022 and forming a consulting practice, his most recent public service was as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Police Department, where for he served as a key advisor to the Police Commissioner. During his tenure at the NYPD, he served as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information during one of the most critical periods in the department’s history – a time of rising crime, a COVID epidemic that struck New York particularly hard, and the Black Lives Matter national protests which engaged millions of Americans and had police reform as a key focus. At the NYPD he created ad executive produced branded content and implemented a broad program of executive communications training.
His executive experience includes senior roles at NBCUniversal, where he served as Senior Executive Producer, Investigations; Warner Music, where he was Senior Vice President; the New York Daily News, where he was Sunday Editor; and New York Newsday, where he was City Editor. He is the winner of multiple Emmy Awards for network news, the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, multiple Edward Murrow Awards and he shares in a Pulitzer Prize. An experienced board member, Esposito has also served as a board member for the National Consortium for Advanced Policing and for the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, where he was Treasurer. He is on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.
Dean M. Esserman
Dean Esserman has more than three decades of experience in law enforcement and is currently serving as the Senior Counselor of the National Police Foundation. He started as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York from 1983 to 1987. He went on to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney before serving as General Counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police from 1987 to 1991. He was the Assistant Chief of Police in New Haven, Connecticut from 1991 to 1993, where he put into effect a community policing plan, cut crime city-wide and established the Connecticut’s first federally funded Drug Gang Task Force. He then became Chief of Police for the M.T.A. Metro North Police Department, headquartered in New York City, serving from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed as Chief of Police in Stamford, Connecticut. He was also concurrently appointed, while serving as Chief, by the Federal Courts as the Monitor of the Wallkill, New York Police Department in 2000. In 2002, he returned to New York City to join Thacher Associates. Later that year, he was recruited as Chief of Police of the City of Providence, Rhode Island, where he served 8 ½ years until July 1, 2011. He was also appointed as a Distinguished Professor and Executive in Residence at the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies. On October 18, 2011, he was recruited back as the Chief of Police for the City of New Haven, Connecticut. Upon returning to New Haven in 2011, he was also appointed as a visiting faculty member at both Yale University and the Yale Law School as well as being appointed as a visiting faculty member and practitioner in residence at the University of New Haven. He also holds a lecturer’s appointment at the Yale University Child Study Center.
He has served as a member of the Board of the Vera Institute of Justice, the National Police Foundation, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Presently he serves as a member of the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). He is a lifetime member of the IACP and served as the Chair of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Executive Institute and the Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Program. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA) and New York University School of Law (JD) and is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars.
Rudolph Hall has more than two decades in law enforcement and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Investigations for the New York State Attorney General (AG) leading the Office of Special Investigation (OSI). OSI is tasked with overseeing all investigations of deaths of citizens after having police contact, including officer-involved shootings, motor vehicle collisions, use of physical force, and deaths in custody whether in police or correctional care and control across the State of New York. Chief Hall has led various policy initiatives, including policies and procedures on shooting at moving vehicles, engaging in foot pursuits, and shooting to incapacitate. He has created training platforms for law enforcement, employing best practices, innovative technology, bolstered by his academic research and experience in policing. Before joining the AG’s Office, Chief Hall worked for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for 21 years in a variety of different positions including patrol, gang unit, street crime unit, detective bureau, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Risk Management Bureau, and Force Investigations Division. He worked extensively on the implementation of NYPD’s body-worn camera program and assisted in the crafting of the training platform for the entire agency. In 2018, he created the first anti-crime training program for the NYPD plainclothes officers, training approximately 1,000 plainclothes officers on when and how to conduct constitutional pedestrian and vehicular stops.
Chief Hall has a Doctorate in Education with a concentration on Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College where he focused his research on the effect of body-worn cameras on plainclothes police officers in the NYPD. Chief Hall also has Masters of Public Administration from John Jay College, where he continues to teach an introductory course on criminal justice and a course on the use of force. He is certified by the Force Science Institute in the analysis of use of force incidents and has lectured extensively on constitutional policing, body-worn cameras, and the role of risk management in law enforcement.
Martin F. Horn
Martin F. Horn is an internationally recognized innovator, reformer and authority on the delivery of correctional services. Mr. Horn served as Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at John Jay College from September 2009 until January 2020. During that time he also served as Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission by appointment of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. From March 1995 to January 2000, Horn served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections. During his tenure, staff and inmate safety and health care improved, suicides were reduced and drug use by prisoners was significantly and demonstrably reduced.
On January 1, 2002, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation, and a year later Bloomberg appointed him to simultaneously serve as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, the city’s jail system. He held both positions simultaneously until July 2009. As Correction Commissioner, he rebuilt morale; accountability and integrity. He reduced suicides among inmates and cut jail violence in half. Mr. Horn reduced the introduction of drugs into jail by initiating New York’s first drug interdiction program and created the largest and most ambitious jail reentry program in the nation. He reengineered the intake process to ensure all inmates were properly screened for vulnerability and possessed the documents needed to work upon release. He created systems to identify high-frequency jail and shelter users. With the city’s housing and homeless services community, he addressed the needs for housing of discharged persons. As Probation Commissioner, Mr. Horn focused on high-risk offenders, improving the delivery of treatment for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and employment of offenders. Recidivism among adult probationers dropped faster than in any other jurisdiction in New York State. His effort led to major changes in the city’s approach to juvenile delinquents. He has served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Corrections Committee and has chaired the policy and resolutions committees of the American Correctional Association and the Association of State Corrections Administrators. He has been a Commissioner of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and is a member of the Corrections Psychiatric Advisory Board of the New York State Justice Center.
Bayan Lewis spent 40 years in Law Enforcement, retiring as Chief of Police of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, a position he held for 5 ½ years. Prior to his time with LA County, he spent 34 years in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), retiring as the Interim Chief of Police following the resignation of Willie Williams.
Preceding his appointment as Interim Chief of Police of LAPD, he was Assistant Chief, Director of Operations, where he was responsible for the management and leadership of some 85% of the department, including all patrol and most detective functions. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief, he held a variety of key positions such as the commanding officer of Anti-Terrorist Division; and Commander of Uniformed Service Group which included S.W.A.T., K-9, Air Support, METRO, and Tactical Planning. He was also a Deputy Chief of Headquarters Bureau which included all specialized detectives and emergency planning. He established protocols for the LA City Emergency Operations Center and implemented the Joint Command System and developed the technical processes and standards of curriculum of the LAPD recruit training division.
After his retirement from LAPD, he was sought out by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to merge three individual LA County police agencies into one cohesive department. He accomplished that goal and fashioned the newly formed LA County Office of Public Safety (OPS) into one of the premier specialized law enforcement agencies in Southern California. Within that agency he established the first law enforcement agency-specific team for nuclear/chemical/biological response including equipment, tactics and training.
After his years with OPS, Mr. Lewis served in a variety of law enforcement related positions with the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) including as Interim Director of Safety Services until they could fill that position with a permanent, qualified individual where he was the point of contact for the Federal Bio-Watch Agency in preparation for placement of biological monitoring devices within the City of LA. Mr. Lewis formed the Airport Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) to develop a comprehensive all-hazard emergency management program including shared intelligence and counter-terrorism procedures the heart of which was collaboration and information sharing between LAWA and TSA, FBI, LAFD, LAPD, the Customs and Border Protection and others. The ASAC provided an organized and structured format for all key emergency responders to plan, train and develop integrated, multi-agency responses for all-hazards including defining roles and responsibilities for major critical incidents.
Mr. Lewis has conducted training on emergency management and planning for FEMA, Narcotics Interdiction Control Institute and is currently an integral part of the training team for the California Specialized Training Institute, Office of Emergency Services providing emergency management policy and procedures to police and city agencies all over California. He continues to consult on police leadership, risk management, moral and ethical issues in law enforcement, and provides training to police agencies on various administrative and supervisory topics such as ethics, leadership, and critical incident investigations. Most recently Mr. Lewis was asked by both the University of Cincinnati Police Department and the City of Boulder Colorado Police Department to train supervisors on the processes and techniques of conducting thorough and timely internal investigations of complaints and use of force incidents.
Mr. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
Allie Meizlish is a consultant with an expertise in criminal justice policy. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office and then joined the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice ("MOCJ"), where she was the Senior Counsel for Crime & Justice Policy. At MOCJ, her work primarily centered around reducing crime, lightening the touch of low-level enforcement, and increasing fairness in New York City’s criminal justice system. Allie worked closely with the District Attorneys, the NYPD, City Council, several city agencies, and other stakeholders, to develop and implement major reforms within the system. Allie was also the Deputy Director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law, an organization that partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. Now, as a consultant, some of Allie's recent clients include the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College and the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, where she has advised on policy implications of research and data analysis, as well as co-authored several reports on crime trends and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. Allie is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yale University.
Sue Ordakowski is an expert in the areas of government contracting and organizational compliance. She has served in senior positions at a number of federal contractors including as the Chief Contract Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Management Committee member at KeyPoint Government Solutions from March 2004 to August 2018. As KeyPoint’s chief contracting officer, Ms. Ordakowski provided business operations support to government contract programs for pricing, contract negotiation and administration, consulting and subcontract agreement preparation, negotiation, and administration. As KeyPoint’s chief compliance officer, she was responsible for all aspects of government contract compliance including internal affairs and integrity assurance covering the work of KeyPoint’s 2500+ security clearance investigators. Ms. Ordakowski also served as the Contract Security Officer (CSO) for KeyPoint’s intelligence agency contracts. Sue is a graduate of George Mason University and has a Procurement and Contracts Management certificate from the University of Virginia.
Judy Pal has served in management positions for police, private sector and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years. Prior to embarking on a full-time teaching and consulting career she served as an Assistant Commissioner with the NYPD, Director of Operations for FBI-LEEDA, Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments, and was a member of the command staff of the Atlanta, Savannah, and Halifax (Canada) police departments. She conducted image and media training for more than 200 commanders with the NYPD and thousands of law enforcement professionals during her more than two decades of work in law enforcement. She is also a regular contributing trainer at FBI Regional Command Colleges across the country. She has consulted for international police agencies in Canada, Chile and Trinidad and has taught and spoken at events across North America, as well as Australia, Uruguay and Manilla. She spent five years in television news, and is the proud owner of a Stanley Cup ring from the Edmonton Oilers and worked for the New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden. She is a past president of the National Information Officers Association, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University in Canada.
Jane Perlov is a law enforcement professional with over three decades of experience. She started her career at NYPD and was the commanding officer of multiple precincts and retired as a Deputy Chief. She was the first woman to command an entire borough of detectives when she became the Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Queens. She retired from the NYPD to serve as the Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts where she was responsible for meeting all emergency management, criminal justice, law enforcement, and correctional needs of the Commonwealth. She managed policy and fiscal oversight of 21 state agencies (including state police, fire services, corrections, the National Guard, and Emergency Management Agency), boards and commissions, encompassing more than 10,000 employees with a budget of more than $1 billion. In her role, she chaired the Governor's Advisory Council on Youth Violence, Criminal History Systems Board, Criminal Justice Training Council, and the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes and implemented the legislation providing a model policy on racial and gender profiling for all police agencies in Massachusetts. In September 2001, Ms. Perlov was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for Raleigh, North Carolina, where she oversaw 746 sworn officers until her retirement in March of 2007. Under her leadership, she reduced crime across the city by 22% in a city that experienced exponential growth during the same period. Her other notable accomplishments include employing a Grants Manager to identify alternate funding sources to expand the ability of the department to serve the community; and creating a Strategic Management Team to focus on problem-oriented policing; and successfully decentralized the department into five geographic Districts each under the command of a captain. She also served as the Global Corporate Security Director at Bank of America.
She is currently serving as a member of the NYPD Federal Monitor Team and the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).
Robert H. Silbering
Robert H. Silbering has, since 1997, served in senior private sector positions responsible for conducting corporate due diligence, fraud and forensic investigations, litigation support, court-appointed monitorships, cyber-crime prevention and investigation, risk analysis and global intelligence services. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Silbering served for seven years as the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City following seven years as the Chief Assistant there. The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor is the only prosecutorial agency with city-wide jurisdiction, was and remains the only office in the nation dedicated solely to the investigation and prosecution of narcotic offenses. Under his direction, and working collaboratively with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Special Narcotics gained national and international prominence as a stellar example of an innovative, efficient, and effective prosecutor’s office. Mr. Silbering has received the Michael Buzcek Foundation Man of the Year Award, the International Narcotics Enforcement Association Award of Honor and St. John’s University Prosecutor’s Award. Prior to his roles at Special Narcotics, he had a distinguished career in the New York County District Attorney’s Office serving as the Bureau Chief of the Juvenile Offense Bureau and as the Chief of a Trial Bureau. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has lectured before the National College of District Attorneys, the New York County Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute and the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. He currently serves as President of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, which is comprised of business leaders from around the nation lending support to the work of law enforcement and providing financial assistance to the families of slain or wounded law enforcement agents.
John Thomas, a native of South Central Los Angeles, has, since 2013, held the position of the Chief of Police at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety (DPS). Chief Thomas has spent close to four decades in law enforcement including twenty-one years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant in December 2005 and took a position as Deputy Chief of Police for the University of the District of Columbia Department of Public Safety & Emergency Management in Washington D.C. He is currently serving as a member of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).
As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Thomas worked patrol assignments primarily in South Los Angeles in Wilshire, 77th Street, Southwest, Newton Street and Pacific Divisions. He was also assigned to the Department's Gang Enforcement Detail in South Los Angeles and worked undercover narcotic enforcement as a member of the Department's FALCON (Focused Attack Linking Community Organizations and Neighborhoods) Unit. While assigned to FALCON he was awarded the City of Los Angeles’ City Angel Award for outstanding community enhancement and the Department's Meritorious Unit Citation. Perhaps most notably, Chief Thomas served as Adjutant to four LAPD Police Chiefs including two interim chiefs and Chief Bernard Parks and Chief William Bratton. Despite being a retired Los Angeles Police Lieutenant, he continues to “Protect and Serve” the people of Los Angeles as an LAPD Line Reserve Officer working patrol and other assignments throughout the city.
Chief Thomas has been on the Board of Directors for The Challenger’s Boys & Girl’s Club in South LA and has been on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Police Historical Society since 1999. He has been published and has researched and written extensively on the Early Black History of LAPD and Los Angeles. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Police Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) and, serves on the Board of Advisors for the USC Price School’s Safe Communities Institute. He is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Pac 12 Campus Chiefs’ Association, Campus Safety Magazine Advisory Board, California College & University Police Chiefs Association, and the FBI National Academy Associates.
Chief Thomas graduated from Crenshaw High School before attending UCLA. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Research Area of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and also the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Depression in the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University Medical Center. His research includes developing resilience and positive mental health strategies, hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents, suicide prevention, psychological autopsies, and the use of effective communication during crisis incidents. His training material has been implemented in police agencies across the United States and across the world. He is an 18-year law enforcement veteran detective with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and a former hostage negotiator. In his current role at the NYPD, Detective Thompson is the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator helping conduct research and outreach on the department’s suicide prevention and postvention efforts, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and help-seeking, enhancing resilience through evidence-based practices, and raising awareness of resources available to both police officers and the public. He is the recipient of the Griffith University Arts, Education and Law's 2020 Outstanding International Alumnus Award and The New York City Police Foundation’s 2020 Hemmerdinger Award for Excellence for Distinguished Public Service.