As a nationally prominent expert and specialist in public safety, law enforcement, and police department operational analysis, Dr. Alexander Weiss brings more than 30 years of experience – and a unique perspective – to the Council.
For nine years, Weiss was Director of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and Professor of Management and Strategy at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, he was a member of the faculty of the department of criminal justice at Indiana University, Bloomington. During that time he also served as a senior advisor to the Indianapolis Police Department. In addition, Weiss has 12 years of experience with law enforcement agencies in Colorado. During his tenure with the Colorado Springs Police Department, he served as a field supervisor and director of operations analysis.
Weiss has written and lectured widely on topics such as resource allocation and work scheduling, police innovation, highway safety, program evaluation and racial profiling. For the past six years, he 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.
Since 2007, Weiss has been engaged in a number of management studies for large, medium and small departments including (1) the development of a Traffic Incident Management Plan for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department, (2) a Feasibility of Consolidation analysis of the Burr Ridge and Willowbrook Illinois Police Departments, (3) a police staffing analysis and review for the Village of Pingree Grove, Illinois, (4) a management study for the DuPage County Emergency Telephone System Board, (5) a staffing and best practices assessment for the Delaware, Ohio Police Department, (6) comprehensive advisory services for the Rockford Illinois Police Department, (7) a Public Safety Services (police–fire consolidation) Study for Holland Michigan, (8) a Patrol Staffing Analysis and Review for the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Patrol, (9) a review of Internal Affairs Policy and Procedure for Northwestern University Police Department, (10) a risk management and safety study for the University of Notre Dame, and (11) a Resource Deployment and Organization Study for the Lansing Michigan Police Department, among many other initiatives.
Weiss earned a Doctorate in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1992, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Technical College in 1978.