Robert Boehmer, Esq.
Robert Boehmer is an experienced facilitator, trainer and public speaker, with expertise in collaborative problem solving, community policing, partnership development and information sharing. For the past several years, he has been facilitating sessions for the Department of Homeland Security’s Building Communities of Trust Initiative, focusing on developing trust among law enforcement, fusion centers and the communities they serve. As a Vice President in the Law Enforcement Consulting practice at Hillard Heintze, Boehmer manages complex law enforcement assessments and helps police agencies transform their organizations and adopt national best practices and industry standards central to improving accountability, transparency and community trust.
Before joining Hillard Heintze, Boehmer served as the Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Homicide and Sexual Assault Investigations and Director of the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He led a team of researchers and practitioners developing evidence-based approaches to investigating homicide and sexual assault. Boehmer focused much of his effort on developing and maintaining partnerships with justice agencies and other organizations integral to the functioning of the Center. In his role at the Institute for Public Partnerships, Boehmer developed grant proposals and established and delivered technical assistance and training for law enforcement and communities on community policing, partnerships and problem solving.
Boehmer served as chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s Global Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2015. Under his leadership, this committee of representatives of the country’s major public safety associations developed or significantly advanced technical and policy recommendations and resources related to ensuring the protection of privacy and civil rights, the evolution of the Global Justice XML Data Model into the widely adopted National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), and the advancement of critical intelligence capabilities such as the National Network of Fusion Centers.
Boehmer is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the National Criminal Justice Association and a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council. He was previously general counsel and secretary for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. In that capacity, he was a member of the executive staff, served as chief of staff, managed the legal affairs of the agency, directed its legislative program, and provided legal and policy advice for several Illinois criminal justice technology and information sharing efforts. Prior to joining the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in 1987, he served as a Chicago police officer.
Boehmer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University in Illinois.