CHICAGO, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, Hillard Heintze, a leading national provider of strategic security services, has announced the appointment of two widely acknowledged law enforcement executives to the Hillard Heintze Senior Leadership Council: Rob Davis, retired Police Chief of San Jose, and Dr. Alexander Weiss, former Director of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
The Hillard Heintze Senior Leadership Council supports the ability of mayors, police chiefs, sheriffs, city managers and council members as well as their executive decision-making teams across the United States, North America and the world to identify, evaluate, prioritize and implement opportunities to enhance and improve strategies, operations and outcomes in policing and public safety. Appointed by Hillard Heintze partners and co-founders Terry G. Hillard and Arnette F. Heintze, members are select senior law enforcement executives with outstanding career-long records of leadership and achievement.
Rob Davis was a member of the San Jose Police Department for over 30 years, serving as Chief from 2004 to his retirement this year. As Chief, Davis implemented technological innovations that allowed the department to use existing resources more effectively while also making services and information more accessible to the citizens of San Jose. These innovations allowed the department to achieve one of the lowest police staffing thresholds in the nation (1.2 sworn officers per 1,000 residents versus the national average of 2.6 per 1,000) while also ranking, according to the FBI, as one of the safest big cities in America. Davis is also an internationally acknowledged expert on gang violence. He represented the U.S. State Department on anti-gang initiatives in Central America and was an invited panelist at the White House Conference on Gang Violence Prevention and Crime Control. Davis' leadership among his peers was recognized by his just-completed service as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC), formed by the 63 largest cities in the United States and Canada. As President of the MCC, Davis successfully lobbied Congress to allow the creation of an interoperable broadband network for public safety providers, thereby addressing one of the major impediments to multi-agency collaboration, and a vital step towards national preparedness efforts.
Dr. Alexander Weiss is a nationally prominent expert and specialist in public safety, law enforcement and police department operational analysis. He provides a rare combination of top-level research skills and operational expertise. Most recently, Weiss served as Director of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and Professor of Management and Strategy at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Weiss has written and lectured widely on topics such as resource allocation and work scheduling, police innovation, highway safety, program evaluation and racial profiling. He has been engaged in a number of management studies for large, medium and small departments throughout the United States. For the past six years, Weiss has directed the Illinois Traffic Stop Study, an analysis of traffic stop data for some 1,100 Illinois law enforcement agencies. He has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, the National Research Council (Committee to Review Research on Police Policy and Practice), the Illinois Task Force on Racial Profiling, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Chief Davis and Dr. Weiss as the newest members of our Senior Leadership Council," says Terry Hillard, retired Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. "Their long and distinguished careers as innovators throughout the law enforcement arena will prove invaluable to our Council and clients." Arnette Heintze, Hillard Heintze's CEO, agrees. "These are hands-on leaders with outstanding records. We wholeheartedly expect our clients to realize the benefits of the experience that they – and all members of the Council – provide. We look forward to their contributions to the Council."
As a result of these appointments, the nine member Council now includes retired major city police chiefs from Boston, Cincinnati, Miami-Dade, San Jose, Virginia Beach and Chicago as well as the Chief Inspector of Ireland's Garda Siochana Inspectorate, a retired Colonel of the Illinois State Police, a prominent law enforcement researcher and a retired United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge.
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