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Lead Monitor 

Jeff Schlanger is a leading authority on institutional change management, with more than four decades of experience at the highest levels of law, law enforcement, independent investigations and monitorships.  His newest venture, IntegrAssure, builds on his experience in conducting independent investigations, monitoring police departments, banks, and other major institutions, and blending those skills with a risk management process to promote reform, continuous improvement, and integrity assurance.  

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Deputy Monitor 

Erin Pilnyak

Erin Pilnyak is a results-driven executive with significant project management experience and a proven track record in devising and implementing system-wide policy and strategic plans. Her experience includes successfully executing police and criminal justice reform at both the Mayoral and Police Department levels.  

EXPERTS

Rick Brown

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John R. “Rick” Brown retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel after completing more than 29 years of service with the Pennsylvania State Police. Upon his retirement, Mr. Brown served as a member of the federal Independent Monitoring Teams for the City of Oakland Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (Arizona), Detroit Police Department, and served on the Monitoring Team for the Niagara Falls Police Department Consent Decree brought by the State of New York.  He was also a member of the U.S. Department of Justice team that conducted the pattern and practice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department and served as a technical advisor on accountability processes for the Puerto Rico Police Department.  Mr. Brown has been certified as an Expert Witness evaluating police use of force in the federal court system.  As the former Deputy Commissioner of Professional Responsibility for the Pennsylvania State Police, he specialized in citizen’s complaints, internal investigations, discipline, diversity issues, and community trust building. He has investigated Discrimination and Racism in the Austin (TX) Police Department and is currently working with the Colorado Springs Police Department on Use of Force Assessments.  Mr. Brown assessed Anchorage Police Department (AK) regarding their policies and procedures to mitigate sexual misconduct with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and served with the Office for Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center as a subject matter expert on the Metro East Police District Commission (MEPDC), East St. Louis, IL; Hartford Police Department, Hartford, CT; and Springettsbury Township Police Department, York County, PA projects.  Mr. Brown served as a subject matter expert and a Team Leader on Homicide Operations Assessment for the New Orleans Police Department. Mr. Brown is the Chairman of the Policing Subject Matter Expert group in American University’s “And Justice for All Symposium Series” regarding Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, DC. Mr. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern University. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the 211th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA., and a Navy veteran.

Jorge X. Camacho 

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Jorge X. Camacho is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Associate Research Scholar at Yale Law School and serves as the Policing, Law, and Policy Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. His work at Yale primarily focuses on policing and public safety policy locally and nationally. Prior to joining Yale, Camacho served as a law and policy advisor at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and at the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel.

He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and has served on multiple government task forces and committees throughout his years in government service, including serving on the Steering Committee of the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and chairing its Subcommittee on Law Enforcement and Social Justice. He currently serves as part of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO). He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, where he was a Philip Evans Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal. 

Cassandra “Cassi” Chandler

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Cassandra “Cassi” Chandler has led a distinguished career in both law enforcement and banking as a leader, an intelligence strategist, and an investigator. Ms. Chandler spent 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she directed criminal and domestic terrorism intelligence, white collar crimes, financial crimes, and cybercrime and foreign intelligence activity investigations. She led the FBI’s training division, redesigned the Bureau’s health care fraud and criminal intelligence programs, and was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service as an Assistant Director. She retired as Special Agent in Charge of the Norfolk, Virginia FBI Field Office. She then joined Bank of America where she was responsible for building an integrated framework to identify, evaluate and assess emerging regulatory risks and the operational effectiveness of enterprise coverage areas. She also served as a member of the NYPD Federal Monitor Team. She is currently President and CEO of Vigeo Alliance, which partners with businesses to grow emerging leaders, retain diverse talent, and build a culture of leadership in an inclusive organization. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive under President George W. Bush, the National Center for Women & Policing’s “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award, and the Norfolk NAACP Trailblazer Award. She earned dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Journalism and in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Loyola University and as part of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).

Edward Dadosky

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Edward J. Dadosky is currently serving in his sixth year as Director of Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning, and Fire Safety Inspection at the University of Cincinnati.  His duties include university-wide strategic planning in the aforementioned areas for 5 campuses, 14 colleges, 47,000 students, and 15,000 faculty/staff. Before coming to UC, he served for over 31 years on the Cincinnati Fire Department. From 1984-1999, he worked as a firefighter/medic in many Cincinnati neighborhoods including Oakley, Bond Hill, Camp Washington, and Corryville. He retired as an Assistant Fire Chief having been responsible for many areas including Emergency Management, Special Events, Homeland Security Grants Management, Environmental Crimes, Fire Investigations Unit, Training/Education Bureau, and Continuity of Operations Planning. He attended the Cincinnati Police Academy in 2001 to obtain an Ohio Peace Officer Commission which is a department requirement to lead the Fire Investigative and Environmental Crimes Units. He maintains commission/certification with the State of Ohio as Police Officer, Firefighter, Fire Inspector, and Paramedic. He graduated with a BA from the University of Cincinnati, an MA from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, California), and is a 2021 graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP). He was appointed in 2021 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to an Environmental Advocacy Chair on the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

Brandon Del Pozo 

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Brandon del Pozo served in the New York City Police Department for 19 years, where he commanded two patrol precincts and served in various strategic planning capacities, and for four years as the Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont. While chief of Burlington, he led the city's response to the opioid crisis with a public health and harm reduction approach, and piloted and implemented ICAT, the Police Executive Research Forum's  pathbreaking de-escalation and use of force curriculum. He is presently a postdoctoral researcher in substance use and drug policy at The Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He serves on the federal consent decree monitoring team for the Newark, New Jersey Police Department and on the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO). He holds a PhD in philosophy from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, a master of arts in criminal justice from John Jay College, a master of public administration from Harvard, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. 

Robin S. Engel

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Robin S. Engel, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police / UC Center for Police Research and Policy. From 2016-2019, she served as UC’s Vice President for Safety and Reform where her administrative duties included oversight of the daily operations and implementation of comprehensive reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD) in the aftermath of a critical incident involving the fatal police shooting of an unarmed motorist. Dr. Engel engages in police research and evaluations designed to reduce harm in communities and make police-citizen encounters safer by promoting best practices through academic-practitioner partnerships. She has served as Principal Investigator for over eighty research grants, totaling over twenty-one million dollars, and has published over sixty research articles, books, and chapters, along with dozens of technical reports for practitioners. She has previously been ranked among the top academics, and the number one female in the field of criminal justice/criminology based on publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Her work on community violence reduction resulted in several prominent team awards including the 2008 IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the 2009 IACP/West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations, and the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. She has served as an expert on policing and violence reduction for panels convened at the White House and 10 Downing Street. In 2017, Dr. Engel was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany. She currently serves as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, and as the co-chair of IACP’s Research Advisory Committee. She is a consultant on police training for the Ohio Attorney General and serves as a member of the National Police Foundation’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race and currently serves a member of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).

Denise Lewis

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Denise Lewis has spent over 30 years developing and honing her expertise in the areas of law enforcement, internal and external investigations of police agencies, and most notably, the independent monitoring of police organizations. She held a variety of patrol and supervisory assignments conducting both criminal and internal investigations before retiring from LAPD. In 2000, then-Sergeant Lewis was assigned to the internal investigation team reviewing the causal factors of the LAPD’s Rampart CRASH corruption incident – a scandal that led to the Department of Justice investigation of that organization, and eventually LAPD’s agreement to a Federal Consent Decree. During her tenure with the LAPD, Ms. Lewis led the newly created Audit Unit, which was mandated by the Consent Decree.  Ms. Lewis and her staff received audit training from the Independent Monitor’s team on how to develop formal audit work plans based on management objectives, policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws in order to ensure compliance and identify risk management issues. In the Audit Unit, she supervised both sworn and civilian staff in completing on-going audits designed to determine the department’s level of compliance with Consent Decree mandates.  Audit findings included not only the status of compliance, but more importantly, recommendations to remedy barriers to success. At least in part as a result of her work in this area, LAPD successfully implemented the required reforms and the Consent Decree was deemed to be a resounding success. Since retiring from LAPD, for almost six years, starting in 2003 Ms. Lewis was a member of the Independent Monitoring team of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) where she provided DPD with the Technical Assistance to stand up their internal audit unit.  In addition to training the DPD audit staff, Ms. Lewis also conducted compliance assessments of DPD’s various reform efforts including best practices and applicable standards for investigations, uses of force, training, holding cell facilities, and assessment of the audits completed by DPD. Ms. Lewis has assisted numerous police departments, including the Los Angeles Airport Police Department and the San Jose Police Departments in establishing and institutionalizing the internal audit function, including the development of the requisite audit protocols, policies, procedures to help manage the many risks associated with law enforcement activities.  In addition, she has provided training to police departments on the evaluation of policies and procedures related to use of force, arrest, and detention. Most recently, Ms. Lewis served as Deputy Monitor of the University of Cincinnati’s Police Department (UCPD) during its voluntary monitorship that resulted from a fatal officer involved shooting.  Following that event, the UCPD underwent a comprehensive review and subsequently agreed to implement 276 recommendations over a three-year period. Through the department’s resolve and determination, and with the assistance and expertise of the monitoring team, the UCPD was able to achieve compliance in only two years successfully complying with all the recommendations.

Jane Perlov

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Jane Perlov is a law enforcement professional with over three decades of experience. She started her career at NYPD and was the commanding officer of multiple precincts and retired as a Deputy Chief. She was the first woman to command an entire borough of detectives when she became the Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Queens. She retired from the NYPD to serve as the Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts where she was responsible for meeting all emergency management, criminal justice, law enforcement, and correctional needs of the Commonwealth. She managed policy and fiscal oversight of 21 state agencies (including state police, fire services, corrections, the National Guard, and Emergency Management Agency), boards and commissions, encompassing more than 10,000 employees with a budget of more than $1 billion. In her role, she chaired the Governor's Advisory Council on Youth Violence, Criminal History Systems Board, Criminal Justice Training Council, and the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes and implemented the legislation providing a model policy on racial and gender profiling for all police agencies in Massachusetts. In September 2001, Ms. Perlov was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for Raleigh, North Carolina, where she oversaw 746 sworn officers until her retirement in March of 2007. Under her leadership, she reduced crime across the city by 22% in a city that experienced exponential growth during the same period. Her other notable accomplishments include employing a Grants Manager to identify alternate funding sources to expand the ability of the department to serve the community; and creating a Strategic Management Team to focus on problem-oriented policing; and successfully decentralized the department into five geographic Districts each under the command of a captain. She also served as the Global Corporate Security Director at Bank of America.

She is currently serving as a member of the NYPD Federal Monitor Team and the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO). 

John Thomas

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John Thomas, a native of South Central Los Angeles, has, since 2013, held the position of the Chief of Police at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Chief Thomas has spent close to four decades in law enforcement including twenty-one years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant in December 2005 and took a position as Deputy Chief of Police for the University of the District of Columbia Department of Public Safety & Emergency Management in Washington D.C. He is currently serving as a member of the Independent Consent Decree Monitoring Team for the City of Aurora (CO).

As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Thomas worked patrol assignments primarily in South Los Angeles in Wilshire, 77th Street, Southwest, Newton Street and Pacific Divisions.  He was also assigned to the Department's Gang Enforcement Detail in South Los Angeles and worked undercover narcotic enforcement as a member of the Department's FALCON (Focused Attack Linking Community Organizations and Neighborhoods) Unit.  While assigned to FALCON he was awarded the City of Los Angeles’ City Angel Award for outstanding community enhancement and the Department's Meritorious Unit Citation.  Perhaps most notably, Chief Thomas served as Adjutant to four LAPD Police Chiefs including two interim chiefs and Chief Bernard Parks and Chief William Bratton.   Despite being a retired Los Angeles Police Lieutenant, he continues to “Protect and Serve” the people of Los Angeles as an LAPD Line Reserve Officer working patrol and other assignments throughout the city.

 

Chief Thomas has been on the Board of Directors for The Challenger’s Boys & Girl’s Club in South LA and has been on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Police Historical Society since 1999.  He has been published and has researched and written extensively on the Early Black History of LAPD and Los Angeles. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Police Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) and, serves on the Board of Advisors for the USC Price School’s Safe Communities Institute. He is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Pac 12 Campus Chiefs’ Association, Campus Safety Magazine Advisory Board, California College & University Police Chiefs Association, and the FBI National Academy Associates. 

 

Chief Thomas graduated from Crenshaw High School before attending UCLA.  He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.