Dr. Ronal Serpas is a Professor of Practice with the Loyola University New Orleans Criminal Justice Department. He joined the university in 2014 after a 34-year career in policing that culminated in his serving as Superintendent of Police of the New Orleans Police Department from 2010-2014.
Prior to leading the New Orleans police, Dr. Serpas was Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department from 2004-2010, and was the 19th Chief of the Washington State Patrol from 2001-2004. He began his police career in June 1980 with the New Orleans Police Department, and was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Police and the first Chief of Operations in October 1996, charged with implementing wide scale organization restructuring and initiating the COMPSTAT model in the New Orleans Police Department – the first police department to implement COMPSTAT following the New York City Police Department. Serpas utilized and expanded the COMPSTAT model of crime fighting continuously from October 1996 to August 2014 in two major American cities and one state police agency.
In his 13 years of experience as a Police Chief, Serpas successfully implemented the Community Oriented Policing philosophy, innovative crime fighting strategies and achieved demonstrated success in reducing crime and improved citizen satisfaction and support in each of the three departments he has led.
Dr. Serpas has served in leadership positions in the International Association of Chiefs of Police since 2011, most recently serving as 2nd Vice President in 2014. He is a National Advisory Board Member to the National Police Research Platform, which is funded by the National Institute of Justice. The NPRP seeks to advance the science and practice of policing in the United States.
Dr. Serpas earned a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from New Orleans University in 1998. He holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Science in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. He served as an Adjunct and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Extraordinary Faculty, Loyola University New Orleans, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses from 1993 to 2001. He has also taught graduate courses at Southern University New Orleans and Tennessee State University.