Executive Fellows

Deputy Chief Michael Rein

Michael Rein serves as the Deputy Chief of University Police of the Rutgers University Police Department; an agency of more than 180 sworn and 230 non-sworn employees.  In this role he serves as a the agency’s second in command; primarily overseeing all professional standards functions.  DC Rein supervises the Internal Affairs, CALEA Accreditation, 9-1-1 Communications, Department Training Functions as well as the University’s compliance with the Clery Act. He has been responsible for the coordination and management of the University Police Department’s CALEA Accreditation since its initial self-assessment phase.  In addition, he oversees the deployment of all Public Safety Technologies (CCTV, Access Control & Alarm installations and monitoring) on the university’s campuses, statewide.  DC Rein serves as an appointed member to the New Jersey Statewide Public Safety Communications Commission working to enhance 9-1-1 telephone and Interoperable Communications Systems in New Jersey. He is also an active CALEA assessor and Team Leader.

DC Rein holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts Degree in Labor and Employee Relations from Rutgers University.  DC Rein is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program (NJSACOP Command & Leadership Academy); Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (FBI LEEDS); 10th session of the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Executive Institute; and the 264th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.

DC Rein’s honors and awards include being recognized by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) as the 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his work building public/private partnerships to provide nationally recognized law enforcement training opportunities to the New Jersey Law Enforcement Community and in 2016 being recognized amongst the inaugural recipients of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 Under 40 award.

DC Rein is a regular instructor at area police academies in the areas of ethics, police use of force, risk mitigation, employee and administrative investigations, and social media etiquette for public employees.

DC Rein resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

DC Rein can be reached at: mrein@policefoundation.org.

Chief Brendan Cox (Ret.)

Brendan Cox is the Director of Policing Strategies for the LEAD National Support Bureau. He joined the LEAD National Support Bureau after 23 years of experience in the Albany Police Department that culminated in him serving as Chief of Police.

During his career, he oversaw the implementation of a true community policing philosophy involving broad external and internal stakeholder involvement. This came at a time when the relationship between the police and community was severely fractured. Chief Cox helped to facilitate the process of re-establishing ties with community members, neighborhood associations, and the department so that trust and respect could be built upon. This led to the development of a strategic plan for the Department and the residents of the City to follow.

While continuing to foster positive police/community relations, Chief Cox was able to implement several initiatives that increased the department’s legitimacy. One such initiative was the implementation of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative. LEAD, started in Seattle, allows officers to divert low level offenses driven by addiction, mental illness, or poverty away from the criminal justice and into services. This has led to a decrease in recidivism while dealing with public health problems in the appropriate forum.

Chief Cox also oversaw the implementation of several initiatives meant to continue to focus on decreasing childhood trauma and improving relationships. These include a Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents protocol and a city-wide gun violence reduction initiative that included prevention services within the police department.

In 2016, under his leadership, the Albany Police Department was recognized as one of the top 15 jurisdictions in the COPS Advancing 21st Century Policing initiative regarding the implementation of the President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing. The department furthered its development of a fully oriented community policing agency by creating a police academy on the principles of community policing, procedural justice, and the 21st Century recommendations. The department’s training curriculum was expanded to include implicit bias, procedural justice, harm reduction, and crisis intervention.

Chief Cox holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. He is a 2012 graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police and is a member of the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

He lives in Loudonville, NY with his wife Ann and their two sons, Connor and Spencer.

Chief James W. Johnson (Ret.)

James W. Johnson began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1979 as a Cadet in the 911 Center, and has served in virtually every position in one of the largest police departments in the nation. In fact, Chief Johnson is only the second person in the nearly 140 year history of the agency to rise through the ranks from Cadet to Chief.

During his tenure as Chief of Police for the past ten years, overall violent crime in Baltimore County has dropped 26%, and total crime has decreased by 19%. The agency is recognized nationally for its progressive use of technology, high level of service, case clearance rates higher than national and local averages, and superior management practices. During his tenure as Chief, he has increased minority and female sworn workforce representation to historical levels. Chief Johnson possesses a keen awareness and stewardship of fiscal resources, managing an agency of 2,600 personnel with an operating budget exceeding $200 million per year. In fact, for the past nine fiscal years, the agency has come in under budget.

Chief Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore, and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Chief Johnson holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association for which he serves as representative and current Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. As Chair, he has testified before Congress on gun violence issues, and was recently recognized by President Obama as a “Gun Violence Prevention Champion of Change.”

Chief Johnson has co-authored law enforcement research publications and taught law enforcement courses throughout the United States and internationally. He has been honored with numerous awards and citations, including the Department’s second highest award, the Silver Star.

Chief Brandon del Pozo

Brandon del Pozo was appointed Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont in September, 2015. Prior to assuming leadership of Vermont’s largest municipal police force, he served for nineteen years in the New York City Police Department, where he retired at the rank of deputy inspector. While at the NYPD, he commanded the 6th and 50th Precincts, and served on the staff of the police commissioner and chief of department. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the NYPD’s intelligence liaison to the Arab Middle East and India, based out of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he began his police career in 1997 on patrol in the 67th Precinct, in East Flatbush.

Chief del Pozo is currently a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, and was the 2016 recipient of its Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Chief del Pozo has completed the coursework for a doctorate in political philosophy from the City of New York Graduate Center, to include receipt of the enroute master’s degree. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, where he is an inaugural 9/11 Public Service Fellow, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, where he was a John Reisenbach Scholar.

Chief James A. Cervera

James A. (Jim) Cervera was appointed Chief of Police for the city of Virginia Beach by City Manager James K. Spore effective on September 1, 2010.

After having served two years with the Montclair, New Jersey Police Department, Jim joined the department in 1978 and was promoted through the ranks.  As a sergeant, he served as a SWAT team leader; as a lieutenant, he was assigned to the Labor Day task force, and as a captain, he commanded the second precinct.  He also has held posts in Professional Development and Training and assignments on the Chief’s Staff.  He was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations in 2000. During his years as Deputy Chief, he supervised the Operations Division and the Investigative Division.

During his tenure, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing the city’s gang prevention program. He authored and secured a series of grants for a community policing program, then coordinated and supervised its implementation. He also introduced the COMPSTAT program to the department, which uses GIS technology to map crime and identify problems and brings precinct commanders together to discuss the problems and devise strategies to solve those problems and reduce crime. As Chief, he reorganized the department and developed the Professional Standards Division. He is a leader in community policing and holds positions with a number of community organizations, including The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Project Lifesaver International.  Jim was also appointed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Team.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in St. Leo, FL, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University.  He graduated from the FBI National Academy 171 session in Quantico, VA, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, the Senior Management Program in Policing from Boston University, and the National Executive Institute.

Chief Michael Meehan (Ret.)

Mike Meehan recently retired from the Berkeley Police Department where he served as Chief of Police for just under seven years. Prior to joining the Berkeley Police Department, he worked for the Seattle Police Department where he served for over twenty years. His assignments included Homicide, Robbery, Gangs, CSI, Narcotics, Vice, Policy, Ethics, Media, Accreditation, Auto Theft, Field Training, Crime Analysis, and as a Precinct Commander.

During Meehan’s career, he developed one of the most comprehensive field training officer evaluation systems in the country. His work in community policing was cited by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was Incident Commander for the 2003 TOPOFF 2 full scale anti-terrorism exercise—the largest ever held in the United States up to that time—and was involved in a number of large-scale security events including the World Trade Organization, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and National Governors’ Association.

Under Meehan’s leadership, the Berkeley Police Department refocused its core mission on preventing crime, treating people with respect and restraint, and being accountable and transparent. He continued its progressive and forward-leaning traditions by creating a professional standards division, by becoming only the second agency in California to adopt Fair and Impartial Policing, being one of the first to implement Crisis Intervention training, being one of the first in the nation to develop and train in de-escalation and one of the first in the United States to implement sequential, double-blind lineup procedures to reduce the likelihood of false criminal identifications. Berkeley transparency efforts included posting online department policies, arrests, bookings, calls for service, pedestrian and traffic stops and 30 years of crime data. Berkeley incorporated the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing into the promotional process and worked with the local school district to develop a two-year Law and Social Justice class for 11th and 12th graders. Berkeley is one of the most representatively diverse police departments in the United States. Complaints were reduced by half and crime decreased to a fifty-year low.

Meehan has authored several articles and, in addition to his work with the Police Foundation, is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, Fight Crime-Invest in Kids, American Society for Industrial Security, California Police Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington and received his Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Commanders Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

He is married and has two sons.

He can be reached at mmeehan@policefoundation.org.

Chief Wayne Jerman

Wayne Jerman is currently the Police Chief of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He was sworn in as the City’s 43rd Police Chief on October 29, 2012. Before his leadership position in Cedar Rapids, Jerman was an officer with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police for 33 years. Jerman focused the majority of his career to patrol as he believed that this was the area of policing in which he could make the most difference in the lives of those he interacted with each day. He was promoted several times while in patrol before transitioning to training upon promotion to lieutenant. He achieved promotion to captain in 2002 and served as Commander of the Second District (Bethesda) for more than two years until he was appointed Assistant Chief of Police. Jerman retired from Montgomery County at the rank of Assistant Chief, serving as Chief of two bureaus; the Investigative Services Bureau from 2007-2010, and as Chief of the Field Services Bureau from 2010-2012.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is a full-service agency comprised of 213 officers and over 60 non-sworn employees. The department serves 128,000 residents and is responsible for 73 square miles. The Police Chief oversees the Police Department, Joint Communications Agency, and Animal Care & Control. Since his arrival in Cedar Rapids, he has increased the department’s community outreach efforts and formed stronger partnerships with law enforcement partners within Iowa, as well as increasing the department’s participation with federal task forces. Other significant accomplishments include overseeing the establishing a nuisance abatement program and enforcement unit, the creation of the Police Chief’s Advisory Committee, and the creation and implementation of the Cedar Rapids Police Community Action Team to further promote police-community relationships while addressing crime and quality of life conditions. From 2013 to 2015, Part One Violent Crime has decreased 10.5 percent in Cedar Rapids.

Jerman is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association (IPCA), where he has been selected to represent IPCA as the legislative representative at the Iowa General Assembly.

Jerman’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Arts from Frostburg State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 236, and completed the FBI’s National Executive Institute, Session 35 in September 2012.

Chief Ramon Batista, Jr.

Chief Ramon Batista began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department. He honorably rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Assistant Chief until his appointment as Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in July of 2017.

During his committed service with the Tucson Police Department, he obtained a wide breadth of experience, starting with 11 years as a patrol officer, gaining valuable knowledge of police work on the road. He worked as a Field Training Officer, Community Resource Officer, Lead Police Officer, DUI Officer, AZPOST General Instructor, Academy Class Counselor and an undercover narcotics officer assigned to the DEA Task Force. As a Detective, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division and the Violent Crimes Section.

After promoting to Sergeant, Chief Batista had supervisory responsibilities with the Public Information Office, Traffic Division and Patrol Operations.

At the Lieutenant level, Chief Batista was an Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and played a role in Advanced Officer Training and Patrol Operations for both the South and West Divisions.

As a Captain, Chief Batista commanded Chief of Staff, the Specialized Response Division and the South Patrol Operations Division.

Most recently as the Bureau Chief, Chief Batista commanded the Field Services Bureau and the Investigative Services Bureau.

Chief Ramon Batista now leads the Mesa Police Department as Chief of Police.

Chief Batista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Chief Batista has also participated in the following specialized training:

  • Major Cities Chief’s Association – Police Executive Leadership Institute
  • PERF Senior Management Institute for Police
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
  • Southwest Leadership Program, University of Arizona Eller College of Management
  • University of Arizona, Eller School’s Foundation for Public Sector Leadership Course
  • United Way’s Multicultural Leadership Development Program.

 

Chief Rodney Monroe (Ret.)

Retired Chief Rodney D. Monroe, began his career as a police officer with the four-thousand-member Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington DC where he rose through the ranks and retired as Assistant Chief of Police in 2001. During his later tenure with MPD, he commanded Patrol, Support Services, and the Youth and Violence Reduction Bureaus. He was responsible for organizing and commanding several significant national events such as the Million Man March and the second Inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.

In 2001, he was appointed the first African American Chief of Police for the city of Macon, Georgia. After spending four years as chief, he was recruited and appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Richmond, Virginia. Under his leadership, police and citizen relationships significantly increased through the development and implementation of innovative programs and engagements. Through partnership with the community, the city of Richmond experienced historical crime reductions in both violent and property crimes to include the lowest number of homicides in over the past 34 years.

Recognized as an innovator and practitioner of community policing, he was appointed Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2008. Under his leadership, the Department refocused its efforts on addressing emerging crime issues under an enhanced crime prevention strategy focused on redirecting resources back into communities under a decentralized sector concept. In addition, innovative technology was developed and deployed which enabled members at all levels of the organization to have hourly crime trends, predictive analytics, and the ability to mine data from multiple information systems. The new technology enabled more timely and accurate data creating greater organizational and community accountability. His efforts once again led to a historical reduction in violent crime and homicides.  

Chief Monroe has been recognized for his continued success in stemming the systemic tide of recidivism.  Under his leadership and direction, communities have been positively impacted by both private and public collaborations and engaging ex-offenders in various programs, such as educational, health, and job opportunities.  Chief Monroe’s passion for youth is evident in his partnerships with many non-profit organizations addressing youth/gang related violence.  Other career highlights include the initiation and implementation of a Youth Diversion program designed to divert youth away from the criminal justice system affording greater opportunities for success and his service as chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission Committee tasked to address juvenile disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system.

In 2012, Chief Monroe spearheaded in partnership with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the security planning and organization of the Democratic National Convention.

Chief Monroe holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He has served as an Executive Committee member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, member of Major Cities Chiefs and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

 

Commissioner Anthony W. Batts (Ret.), D.P.A.

During his 30+ years in law enforcement, Anthony W. Batts served at the helm of three of the nation’s largest police agencies. His progressive and innovative style repeatedly transformed organizations into high performers. Throughout his tenure (2002-2009) as Chief of Police in Long Beach, California, his team dramatically reduced the city’s crime rates to numbers not seen since the early 1970s. In late 2009, then-Chief Batts was appointed to head the distressed Oakland (California) Police Department. Despite limited resources, he once again guided his team to achieve significant reductions in violent crime. From September 2012 until July 2015, Mr. Batts was appointed Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. During that time, his team was able to implement reforms that led to dramatic reductions in all metrics used to assess police performance, including overall declines in all Part I crime numbers, excessive force objections, and citizen complaints.

In addition to his active service in law enforcement, Mr. Batts has shared his expertise in contemporary practices in policing, public policy issues, and systems analysis in myriad ways. In 2012, Mr. Batts was awarded a one-year fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice as an expert lecturer on police operations. As an integral member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, also at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice, Mr. Batts collaborated with esteemed researchers and practitioners to make global contributions to the concepts of community policing and community justice. Currently, Mr. Batts’ independent consulting company, The A. William White Group, provides focus on leadership, policy issues, police operations, and efficiency auditing to law enforcement agencies and organizations around the world.

Mr. Batts is a past California Governor’s appointee and chair of the California Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.). He served as a P.O.S.T. Commissioner and on the executive board of the California Police Chiefs Association. Mr. Batts was Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association in 2011. He has also been a member of the Alameda County Chiefs Association, the Los Angeles Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E.) and the Police Executive Research Forum (P.E.R.F.). 

Mr. Batts has received various awards and commendations for heroism, crime reduction, community activism, and innovative programs, including California State University Long Beach Alumni of the Year, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in the cities of Long Beach and Oakland, and Leadership Long Beach Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Batts was also honored by the Anti-Defamation League for community outreach efforts to erase anti-Semitism, bigotry, and intolerance. He has served on the following boards: Long Beach Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; Board of Governors for Long Beach City College; Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America; and the Long Beach Children’s Clinic.

Mr. Batts holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration. Additionally, he is a graduate of the following executive programs:  Harvard University’s Executive Development Course; F.B.I.’s National Executive Institute; Police Executive Training Course; University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute; F.B.I.’s National Academy; Leadership Long Beach; Law Enforcement Command College; and International Association of Chiefs of Police S.W.A.T. Commander School. Mr. Batts has also participated in numerous national and international counterterrorism trainings addressing the safety of ports, airports, entertainment venues, and light rail transportation systems.

Mr. Batts is the proud father of one daughter and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, jazz concerts, and sporting events.

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