Kenneth A. Bouche

Chief Operating Officer

For more than three decades, Ken Bouche has established a career as an executive leader and client advisor at the forefront of applying best practices in management, operations, technology, information sharing, intelligence and emergency preparedness to the highly specialized needs of commercial enterprises as well as the law enforcement, homeland security and justice communities.

As Hillard Heintze’s Chief Operating Officer, Ken has helped the firm’s CEO transform a small team of seasoned professionals into one of the leading security risk management firms in the world. Ken has advised clients across many industries and sectors on how to align their security strategies with their corporate strategies to improve efficiencies and effectively mitigate risk. He currently guides the performance of the firm’s operations from end-to-end, across all six of its practices.

In addition, Ken provides executive oversight of the firm’s Law Enforcement Consulting practice, which is responsible for independent assessments of police department operations; constitutional policing and bias audits; development and application of crime-reduction strategies; and implementation of collaboration, community partnerships, information-sharing practices and community-oriented policing strategies. Over his tenure, he has conducted dozens of law enforcement agency assessments related to critical priorities such as collaborative reform, use of force, crime reduction, community-oriented policing, early warning systems and constitutional policing.

After joining Hillard Heintze in 2009, Ken developed its open-source intelligence (OSINT) and threat monitoring program to identify behaviors and characteristics that foreshadow an act of targeted violence. This program helps our clients develop threat assessment and case management programs as well as recognize and embrace strategic opportunities to advance their missions, understand trends, prevent crime and counter the risks of terrorism.

Ken’s depth of experience in the justice and homeland security space includes serving as a member the IJIS Institute’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013 and chairing the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative from 2001 to 2006. He served as a national leader in improving America’s information-sharing capacity and implementing post-9/11 intelligence reforms.

Ken dedicated 23 years to the Illinois State Police (ISP). As Colonel and CIO, he was responsible for modernizing and standardizing the agency’s technology functions. He oversaw the delivery of critical real-time information to more than 1,000 police agencies and 40,000 police and justice end-users on a 24-hour basis. Ken also served as a Major and Commander, advancing innovation and effectiveness in patrol, community policing, criminal investigations and specialty functions, such as South Suburban Major Crimes Unit, the Public Integrity Unit and the Tactical Response Team. He began his career in the Air Force as a member of the Military Police.

Ken earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. He is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement’s (NACOLE) Strategic Planning Committee, IJIS and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He volunteers his time to several organizations, including the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and the ISP Memorial Park.

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