Hillard Heintze Senior Advisor Robert Wasserman is the Chairman of the Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC, a group that assists police and government agencies with policing strategy development, performance improvement, personnel selection and application of technology and policy development. He is a strong advocate of Constitutional policing and has worked with many police agencies to address issues that impact the legitimacy of police in the eyes of the community. Recently, he served as the Transition Coordinator for Police Commissioner William Bratton at the New York City Police Department and has continued to serve as a consultant to the Commissioner in reform efforts in the department. He also serves as a Visiting Academic at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Robert is an advisor to the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in support of its Ceasefire initiative. He has served as Associate Director of the Senior Management Training for the Indian Police Service conducted by the United Kingdom’s Cambridge University. He developed the policing strategy for Transport for London and worked with the Metropolitan Police on creation of the Transport Operational Command Unit, serving as Interim Director of Transport Policing and Enforcement and then as Interim Director of the London Traffic Control Center. He assisted in development of the Underground policing strategy for the British Transport Police. Recently, Robert has served as a lead consultant for the Department of Homeland Security on federal, state and local training initiatives related to combatting violent extremism.
Robert has coordinated the implementation of suspicious activity reporting (SARS) in rail systems throughout the United States for the office of the National SARS Initiative (NSI), under the direction of the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. He has been a facilitator for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Roundtables in a number of cities focused on building communities of trust and is the author of the recent monograph “Guidance for Building Relationships of Trust,” which was published by the U.S. Department of Justice. He previously worked with the Office of the Program Manager (DNI) and DHS/FEMA on refining aspects of the intelligence CONOPS for Fusion Centers.
Robert has had an extensive career in law enforcement. He has served as a senior executive in several large American police agencies, including Boston and Houston. He was the Director of Public Safety for the Massachusetts Port Authority. He served as Chief of Staff of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and was sent to Bosnia following the war, as both Deputy Commissioner/Operations and Commissioner of the United Nations International Police Task Force where he oversaw the restructuring of that country’s police.
Robert completed his undergraduate study in Sociology at Antioch College in Ohio and his graduate work in Police Administration at Michigan State University.