Police_Chiefs by MitchBurroughs


									                                    Speaker Biographies
                                     Lunch Session #2

           Innovative Initiatives Spearheaded by Inner-City Police Chiefs


Since becoming Chief of the Hartford Police Department in July of 2006, Chief Roberts has
emphasized continued implementation of the HPD’s Neighborhood Policing Plan through
numerous initiatives including the creation of Quality of Life Teams, increased foot beats and
bicycle patrols, and the establishment of a partnership with The Travelers Corporation on
Truancy Reduction and Prevention. Chief Roberts 2007 Safe Summer Initiative resulted in a
twenty percent reduction in crime over the summer of 2006.

In a law enforcement career spanning more than twenty-four years, Hartford Police Chief Daryl
K. Roberts, who was sworn in as Hartford's Twenty-First Police Chief on July 12, 2006, has
commanded every major division of the Department. A 1982 graduate of the Hartford Police
Department Training Academy, Chief Roberts began his career as a patrol officer. In 1988 he
was promoted to detective, and in 1991 to sergeant assigned to the Vice and Narcotics Unit. In
1994, Chief Roberts served with the Crimes Against Persons and Major Crimes Divisions where
he supervised detectives in the investigations of sexual assaults, homicides, kidnappings, rapes,
forgeries, robberies and burglaries.

An innovator in community policing, in 1997 Chief Roberts was made Commander of the HPD’s
Community Oriented Policing Operations Unit, a post he held until appointment as Executive
Officer to the Chief of Police in 2000. As the Youth Initiative Supervisor from 2000 to 2002,
Chief Roberts coordinated all community youth related activities of the Department, including
the Police Athletic League, the D.A.R.E. Program, and the Hartford Police Explorers and Cadet

Promoted to Lieutenant in 2002 and assigned as a Patrol Commander of Field Operations in the
South District Police Service Area, Chief Roberts commanded over 150 sworn and civilian

Appointed Commander of the Juvenile Investigative Division in April of 2004, Chief Roberts
managed and coordinated investigations involving all juvenile sexual assaults, child abuse and
any other incidents where children may fall victim to a crime. During his tenure as Commander
the Division saw an 80% reduction in open cases.

With his co-authoring of the Hartford Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Plan in
February 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, Chief of the North Division of the
City. In January of 2005, he was promoted to Assistant Chief, Chief of Detectives.
A recipient of the “Chief’s Medal of Valor”, the highest honor bestowed to a member of the
Hartford Police Department, Chief Roberts has three Distinguished Service Medals, six
Exemplary Service Medals and a Merit Award. He has served with the Hartford Police
Department Honor Guard and the Department’s Emergency Response Team. He is a member of
the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association, the International Chiefs of Police Association, the
Hartford Guardians, the Police Benevolent Association, the National Association of Black Law
Enforcement Officers, and is a former member of Toastmasters International in which he served
two years as Vice President for Education.

Chief Roberts graduated with honors from Charter Oak State College with a Bachelor of Science
Degree with honors. He earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Tunxis
Community College and a Certificate of Distinction in Supervisory Leadership from the
Connecticut Criminal Justice Command Institute. In 2006 Chief Roberts graduated from
Leadership Greater Hartford.

A Deacon with the St. John’s Full Gospel Deliverance Church, Chief Roberts is the recipient of
the 2007 Leadership Greater Hartford 30th Anniversary Polaris Award, the 2007 Whitney M.
Young, Jr. Award of the Boy Scouts of America, the 2007 Connecticut State Police CT Chapter
Men and Women for Justice Law Enforcement Award, and the 2007 Christian Activities Council
Certificate of Merit. In 2006, Chief Roberts was the recipient of the Chain Fund Purpose Filled
Life Award, the Bridgeport Guardians Professional Achievement Award, the H.O.P.E. CDC
Leadership Award and the Affecting New Thoughts Business Concepts Appreciation Award.


Neil M. O’Leary joined the Waterbury Police Department in April 1980. During his tenure, he
has been assigned to the Patrol Division, and the Criminal Investigation Bureau. In 1983, then
Detective O’Leary became an expert polygraphist and in 1985 was elected as a Distinguished
Fellow from the Academy of Certified Polygraphists Polygraph Science. Chief O’Leary holds
an Associates of Science in Law Enforcement from Dean Junior College and a Bachelor of
Science in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. He graduated from the 49th
Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s LEEDS Program.

In 1991, he was promoted to Sergeant. In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 2001 he
was promoted to Captain. Throughout these years, he served as second-in-charge and then
Commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

In June 2002, he was appointed to serve as the Acting Deputy Chief of Police and in July 2003
he became the Acting Chief of Police. On November 3, 2004, Neil M. O’Leary became the 19th
Chief of Police of the Waterbury Police Department.

Chief O’Leary is involved with our local youth and has revived our local PAL program from 80
youth to over 2000. He also fights for sexual assault victims’ rights with the Jane Doe No More

He also serves on the boards of several local non-profit organizations including St. Mary’s
Hospital, Holy Cross High School, Police Activity League of Waterbury, the Advisory Council
for the State of Connecticut Victim Services and Jane Doe No More.

James M. Lewis has had a distinguished career in law enforcement, bridging four decades and
three states. He entered the profession as a Police Officer in Bakersfield, California in January
1971 and moved up the ranks in that department, culminating in his appointment as Assistant
Chief in February 1988. During his tenure, the department consolidated upper management to
one Assistant Chief, and he assumed responsibility for preparation and control of a twenty-eight
million dollar budget as well as the coordination of the day to day operations of the entire

Following his retirement from Bakersfield Police Department in December 1995, Chief Lewis
relocated to the Midwest and was appointed Chief of Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin (the first
person to be appointed from outside the local community). He undertook an extensive
reorganization of the department and implemented a number of new programs, including a Field
Training Program, Citizens/Police Academy, and Academies for special populations (Senior
Citizens, Latino Youth, Hmong Youth, and the Media). He also created specialized units and
positions within the department and launched an interactive website for community input. As a
result of such efforts, Green Bay won the PERF 1999 Herman Goldstein International Award for
excellence in problem oriented policing. Chief Lewis was named by Wisconsin’s Attorney
General as the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year and by the National Crime Prevention
Council as the 2001 National Adult of the Year.

Chief Lewis returned to California in April 2003 to serve as Chief of Police of the Pomona
Police Department. Under his direction, the department conducted extensive gang investigations
and implemented a new state of the art radio system. In 2005, the department received the
Chamber of Commerce Image Award for its work in the community and was named the WETIP
national department of the year. Chief Lewis subsequently returned to Wisconsin in January
2007 to serve as Interim Chief of Police in the communities of Appleton and Grand Chute,
assisting the departments to explore consolidation.

Finally, Chief Lewis was enticed to travel eastward to helm the New Haven Police Department.
He was appointed on July 14, 2008 and has wasted no time in working to implement a new
organizational structure, breaking the department into four major divisions.

Chief Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Public
Administration, both from California State University-Bakersfield. In January 2001, he
graduated from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development program. He has served as
an adjunct faculty member at Cal. State University-Bakersfield and Concordia University (Green
Bay, Wisconsin). Throughout his career, Chief Lewis has been active in his communities in
numerous civic and professional organizations, most notably on the Board of Directors of both
the Boys and Girls Clubs and of United Way.

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