Prior to joining the Police Foundation in early 2015, Mr. Burch served for more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, having been appointed to various senior executive and leadership positions, including Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (2009-2011), Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2011-2014) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (2014-2015).
During his career at the Department of Justice, Mr. Burch developed, supported, and led many key initiatives to advance policing and criminal justice, including major initiatives designed to encourage the use of data, technology and evidence-based crime reduction and policing strategies. These initiatives focused on improving officer safety, and on information sharing policy initiatives and strategies. During his career, Mr. Burch led and developed similar initiatives focused on other components of the justice system, including programs and strategies in adult and juvenile corrections, the courts, and community-based organizations. Mr. Burch also led and supported the institutionalization of stronger collaboration between DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and DOJ’s research and statistical arms, the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, to design and implement joint research and demonstration initiatives that will build the body of evidence to guide 21st century policing and justice in America. In the first half of his DOJ career, Mr. Burch managed many OJP programs, providing him with the opportunity to work directly with many local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and community-based organizations across the nation to develop, implement, and test crime prevention and reduction strategies.
As an Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mr. Burch had responsibility for ATF’s public, congressional, and intergovernmental affairs divisions as well as other external relations functions. Since 2011, Mr. Burch also served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where he was responsible for overall management and operations of OJP which had an annual budget ranging from $2 to 4 billion. Prior to 2011, Mr. Burch was appointed and served for nearly three years as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), where he advised OJP’s Assistant Attorney General and Department of Justice leadership on local law enforcement and justice priorities and issues, testifying and working collaboratively with congress, and helping to shape Departmental initiatives. Before joining DOJ in 1994, Mr. Burch worked in the private sector as well as in local justice agencies. Mr. Burch has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, has been nominated to lead cross-agency federal initiatives, and has served as a member of the FBI’s National Academy Advisory Board before leaving federal service in 2015. Mr. Burch is an accomplished speaker, has conducted local and national training, participated in local and national media interviews, guest lectured at the FBI National Academy and in academic settings, and has authored publications and articles on various criminal justice topics. Mr. Burch has a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.