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Jeremy Wilson
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Jeremy M. Wilson (Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.A., Indiana University) is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he founded and directs the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services (PCASS) and the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP). Both programs are built specifically to develop through research and disseminate through education and outreach evidence-based lessons for decisionmakers, practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. The POPCASS focuses on understanding the nature, function, implementation, cost and benefits of all forms of police consolidation, shared services, and contracting. Also unique in its university home, the A-CAPP is the first and only university program dedicated specifically to building a science of product counterfeiting and anti-counterfeit strategy. 

Prior to joining MSU, Jeremy was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he served as founding Associate Director of the Center on Quality Policing and founding Director of the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has been the Willett Chair in Public Safety in the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University, a Visiting Scholar in the Australian Resource Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University, an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo, and an Instructor at the Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.  Drawing on his police research, Jeremy also has served as an Instructor for numerous law enforcement training programs throughout the US.

Jeremy has collaborated with police agencies, corporations, communities, task forces, and governments throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems, and he has led numerous projects sponsored by the U.S. Congress, various units of the U.S. Department of Justice (NIJ, COPS, BJA), community and institutional foundations, local and state governments, professional associations, and corporations. He has written broadly in the areas of police administration, violence prevention, product counterfeiting, and internal security.

His research and commentary have been featured in numerous books, professional journals, and Congressional testimony, and in various forms of national and international media. He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, and White Collar Crime Research Consortium.

To view Jeremy's Curriculum Vita, click here.

Alexander Weiss

Alexander Weiss (Ph.D., Northwestern University; M.A., University of Colorado) is the president of Alexander Weiss Consulting, LCC and an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He has over thirty years experience as a public safety practitioner, researcher, trainer, and consultant. For nine years he 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 at Northwestern. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, Alex 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. Dr. Weiss has twelve 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 directed the newly created operations analysis unit.

Alex has written and lectured widely on police staffing and work scheduling. He has taught resource allocation and budgeting for fifteen years for the CLEE program of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, the National Research Council, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 

Amol Pavangadkar

Amol Pavangadkar (M.B.A.; M.A., Michigan State University) is a Senior Producer and a Teaching Specialist with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He has extensive production experience in all facets of the industry including promotional, training, educational videos and films. He has produced and directed over sixty media projects on a diverse range of topics. In the arena of criminal justice, his work includes training modules for Intellectual property right violations, Drug Market Intervention program, Project Safe Neighborhood initiatives and Emergency services consolidation. His other productions include fostering climate change communication, mercury poisoning outreach, food safety, the green economy, high energy particle physics, mine risk education, and improving nutrition habits in low income families. He has served as a principal investigator, content developer and communication strategist on grants and projects and his work has been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Community Health, Department of Energy as well as various other foundations, corporations and university sources. He is a 2012 fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Faculty seminar series.

Clifford Grammich

Clifford Grammich (Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Univeristy of Chicago) has worked for policy and social research organizations for more than 20 years. Topics of his work have included criminal justice, national security, demographic, and education issues. He has co-authored several works on supply-chain risk management issues, police recruitment and retention, sharing and consolidation of public safety services, and reconstructing internal security in post-conflict societies. He has overseen several data gathering initiatives, including the only county level enumeration of religious bodies in the United States. In addition, he has worked in local and metropolitan print and broadcast journalism. Dr. Grammich is currently working with PoPCaSS researchers to develop a number of resources on public safety consolidation and law enforcement contracting.

John Wu

John H. Wu currently serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Safety at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.  Prior to this position John served for 25 years in the fire service, starting in Boulder, Colorado and concluding his career as the Fire Chief in Naperville, Illinois.  John has participated in consulting studies on behalf of several communities in the Midwest. These engagements include workload analysis, response time evaluation, station location and staffing studies, as well as feasibility studies focused on potential for police, ambulance and fire consolidation. John earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from State University of New York and a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from Regis University in Denver.  He has completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and is recognized as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Michael Polzin

Michael Polzin (Ph.D., Adult Education, Temple University) is a Project Manager with Public Policy Associates (PPA), a Lansing, Michigan based firm dedicated to improving public policy through innovative research, comprehensive evaluation, and high-level strategic consultation. Prior to joining PPA, Mike was an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University, working primarily with the School’s outreach/engagement unit facilitating joint union-management initiatives in the public and private sectors. He also taught courses on Collective Bargaining/Labor Relations and Training and Development in the School’s Masters’ Program as well as an undergraduate course on “Unions and the Workplace”. Polzin has a number of publications on police labor-management relations, including the monograph, Police Labor-Management Relations (Vol. II): A Guide for Implementing Change, Making Reforms, and Handling Crises for Managers and Union Leaders, published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, he is a frequent presenter with the “Staff and Command” training sessions conducted by MSU’s School of Criminal Justice (SCJ), contributed for several years to MSU’s Regional Community Policing Institute, and recently conducted a workshop  on “Exploring and Facilitating Conversations about Regionalization, Consolidation, and Shared Services” at a conference sponsored by MSU’s Police Executive Development Series program. Additionally, he made presentations on  The New Paradigm in Policing: Contracting, Shared Services and Consolidation, presented by Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and at the 2012 Director’s Forum, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice, as well as on Union Perspectives on Officer Safety at COPS’ 2012 Conference: The Evolution of Public Safety in America . For a number of years he was also the co-convenor of MSU’s Police Union Executive Leadership Program and its Police Union-Management Executive Program.Polzin holds a degree in Psychology from Aquinas College and a doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award which enabled him to spend six months in 2008 in the Republic of Korea teaching and doing research. He is also a member of the Core Faculty of the Asian Studies Center at MSU, and is on the Advisory Board of MSU’s Center for Community and Economic Development.

William King

William R. King (Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati) is an Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas. He specializes in the comparative study of the structure and attributes of criminal justice organizations. He has specialized in studying long term trends in policing, including changes in the proportion of civilian employees in US police agencies since the 1930s. He has also written on the innovative uses of civilian police employees in a report prepared for the Justice Department. Additionally, he has written on the nature and adoption of innovations in policing, measuring hierarchies and rank structures in police agencies, and the reliability of secondary data sources of counts of police employees (including civilian employees) in the US.

Steven Chermak

Steven M. Chermak (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany) is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Chermak is also a lead investigator affiliated with the The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror (START). The START Center is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

Dr. Chermak’s research interests are in the areas of terrorism, the evaluation of strategies used to prevent and respond to crime, and the media’s role in relation to crime and terrorism issues. He recently completed an experimental evaluation of the Indianapolis Offender Notification Program, a strategy directed at deterring felons from gun, drug, and violent crime activities. This project, funded by the National Institute of Justice, evaluated whether perceived risks of sanction impacts the behavior of violent felony probationers. Other research has focused on terrorism and media coverage of terrorist activities, including depictions of domestic terrorism and the September 11th attacks. Dr. Chermak has also received funding (with Dr. Christopher Maxwell, Michigan State University) to create a National Archive of Terrorism Databases. In addition, Dr. Chermak (with Dr. Joshua Freilich, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) is working on a project to build a national database on the perpetrators, victims, event, and group characteristics of crimes committed by members of the domestic far-right. The research design includes extracting information from existing terrorism databases, chronologies and/or listings of illegal acts committed by far-rightists published by watch-groups, journalists, or academics, and collecting new data from media searches, law enforcement, key informants and other sources about criminal activities of far right extremists.

Dr. Chermak’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and the Michigan State Police. He has published two books, six edited books, and numerous research reports. His research has appeared in a number of journals including Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Crime, Conflict, and the Media. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2005, Dr. Chermak was faculty member at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1992-2005.