Kenneth A. Bouche

Chief Operating Officer

Over three decades, Ken Bouche has established a career as an executive leader and senior advisor at the forefront of applying best practices in management, government, technology, information sharing and intelligence to the highly specialized needs of the law enforcement, homeland security and justice communities.

Today he serves as Hillard Heintze’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm and the alignment of its resources, expertise and capabilities with the evolving needs of clients.

In addition to his executive responsibilities, Bouche leads the firm’s focus in several areas: (1) implementing best practices in management, leadership, strategy and planning with both corporate and government clients; (2) helping the firm’s commercial clients and partners align their security and investigative strategies with their business strategies to improve efficiencies and effective corporate risk mitigation; (3) assisting corporate clients in understanding the social media landscape with respect to risks and threats; and (4) helping government clients understand and embrace strategic information-sharing opportunities to advance their missions, understand trends, prevent crime and counter the risks of terrorism.

Recently, as an extension of Hillard Heintze’s assignment by the board of Schaumburg, Illinois to help transform its policing function, he served as Schaumburg’s Interim Police Chief.  In this capacity, he initiated and led the implementation of best practices ranging from a complete restructuring to embrace community-oriented policing to working with other agencies, corporations and businesses to implement active shooter planning and programs.

Bouche has great depth in the justice and homeland security space having served as a member the IJIS Institute’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, and from 2001 to 2006, Bouche chaired the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative.  He served as a national leader in improving America’s information-sharing capacity and implementing post 9/11 intelligence reforms.  Earlier in his career, Bouche served on the executive team at MyThings Inc., where he created and led the development of Trace, a searchable database of stolen, lost and seized property that provides sellers of arts and antiques with the highest level of due diligence against trading stolen property in the world.

Before developing Trace, Bouche dedicated 23 years to the Illinois State Police where, as Colonel and CIO, he was responsible for modernizing and standardizing the agency’s technology functions. In this capacity, he oversaw the delivery of critical real-time information to over 1,000 police agencies and 40,000 police and justice end-users on a 24-hour basis.  Bouche also served as a Major/Commander responsible for advancing innovation and effectiveness in the operational areas of patrol, community policing, criminal investigations and specialty functions such as South Suburban Major Crimes Unit, the Public Integrity Unit and the Tactical Response Team.  Bouche began his career in the Air Force as a member of the Military Police.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University.  Ken is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement’s (NACOLE) Strategic Planning Committee.  He also volunteers his time to select organizations, including the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Memorial Park, the Special Olympics and the Taproot Foundation.

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