Rosenbaum & Associates IS:

Dennis Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosenbaum is Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and President of Rosenbaum & Associates, LLP. At UIC, he served in the positions of Director of the Center for Research in Law and Justice, Director of Graduate Studies and Department Head. He also served as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Albany. In 2014 Dr. Rosenbaum was elected the first Chair of the Division of Police for the American Society of Criminology, helping to promote police research and knowledge utilization worldwide.

Dr. Rosenbaum's areas of research expertise include law enforcement organizations, public perceptions of the police, police-community relations, community policing, drug prevention, and multi-agency partnerships for crime control and prevention. He has directed many national evaluations for the National Institute of Justice and has coauthored eight scholarly books. Collaborating with others, Dr. Rosenbaum created and served as Executive Director of the National Police Research Platform, a longitudinal research program in 100 American cities to advance the current state of knowledge and innovation in policing.

Dr. Rosenbaum regularly serves as an advisor to local, state, federal and international agencies in the public safety field. He has developed, evaluated, and consulted on police training that encourages fair, respectful, and compassionate interactions between police officers and community members, thus helping to prevent the escalation of conflict and use of force and strengthening community trust in the police. Dr. Rosenbaum is an advisor to the Police Foundation in Washington DC on national research initiatives and is a member the Police Executive Research Forum’s National Research Advisory Board. He has consulted with, and testified before, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Dr. Rosenbaum currently leads the Compliance Officer and Community Liaison team (COCL) for the Settlement Agreement between the City of Portland, Oregon and the U.S. Department of Justice, monitoring the compliance of the Portland Police Bureau and the City with the terms of the agreement, including organized input from the Portland community.

Dr. Rosenbaum has developed and implemented a standardized community survey system in 55 cities to measure procedural justice during police contacts with the public. With a team of policing scholars, he has also developed standardized metrics to capture police organizational behavior and police culture within 100 police and sheriff agencies, including employees’ views of leadership, supervision, accountability, training, police-community relations, use of force, and other aspects of the work environment. Dr. Rosenbaum has translated this work into practical feedback for the participating agencies to support their pursuit of organizational excellence through evidence-based management. Dr. Rosenbaum grew up in the Portland area and attended Central Catholic High School.  


Thomas Christoff, Ph.D.

Tom Christoff received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016.  During his tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Christoff worked with the National Police Research Platform, assisting in the development of survey tools and research methodology, as well as the collection/analysis of police-community interaction data.  He obtained his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis. In his time at the University of Memphis, Mr. Christoff worked with Dr. Randy Dupont and Major Sam Cochran in the CIT Center.  Dr. Christoff’s personal research focuses on the creation of bonds and reduction of social distance during police-community interactions.  Dr. Christoff has also published works on constructs of procedural justice as well as using such constructs in screening potential law enforcement recruits.


Geoffrey Alpert, Ph.D.

Geoffrey P. Alpert is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina and holds an appointment at Griffith University. He is also a Chief Research Advisor for the National Institute of Justice.  He has taught at the FBI National Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and The Senior Management Institute for Police and is currently a Federal Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department and on the compliance team for the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau. He testified to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee. For the past thirty years, his research interests have included police use of force, emergency driving and the linkages between researchers and practitioners. 


Heather Daniel, J.D., B.A.

Heather L. Daniel, Esq., is Coordinator of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). She is a sergeant and former detective, having worked in Patrol, Airport Law Enforcement, Organized Crime, Special Functions, Management and Accountability, and the Bureau of Detectives. Her assignments have included operational, investigative, and administrative positions. In her current position, Ms. Daniel is the Department’s legislative liaison, guiding the development of Department policy as it relates to legislative initiatives at the local, state and federal level. During the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of CPD, Ms. Daniel also served as in-house advisor to CPD’s DOJ Liaison.

Ms. Daniel’s legal work outside of CPD has focused on public policy in the areas of police department operations, criminal law, and local government. As an intern with the Office of the General Counsel for the Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. Senate, Ms. Daniel assisted with a comprehensive revision of the Capitol Police Board Manual of Policy and Procedures. As an extern with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Ms. Daniel researched motions to bifurcate Monelland individual claims in 1983 suits against police departments and authored a draft opinion in such a case.

More recently, as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Ms. Daniel served as legal advisor on a variety of matters, including: re-drafting the Illinois eavesdropping statute to meet Constitutional standards; creating a legal process for officers to apply for a search warrant from the field, rather than in person, while ensuring all Constitutional rights of the accused are fully protected; evaluating the Illinois Impact Incarceration statute (“Boot Camp”) to identify ways this diversion and rehabilitation program could be enhanced to maximize successful outcomes.

Ms. Daniel has also served as a subject matter consultant for the National Police Research Platform. She was a Distinguished Scholar and valedictorian of her law school class at The John Marshall Law School and holds a BA from the University of Chicago.


Ashley Heiberger, J.D.

Ashley Heiberger retired after 21 years of service to the Bethlehem Police Department, a medium-sized agency (155 sworn officers) in Eastern Pennsylvania. During his active policing career, he held a variety of operational, administrative and command positions. In his last duty position, he served as a captain and was assigned as the Professional Standards Division Commander, where he had primary responsibility for the training, accreditation, internal affairs, and research functions. Previously, as a lieutenant, he was assigned as a platoon commander. He has completed the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police (Session 62) and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (Class 261).

He has held an adjunct faculty appointment at Moravian College in Bethlehem since 2006. In that capacity, he develops and teaches undergraduate courses, evaluates the academic work of students participating in off-campus internship experiences, and serves on an honors program evaluation panel that reviews and evaluates student theses. He has served as an executive counselor for the Law and Public Policy Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, a member of the Policy and Practice Committee of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing, and an at-large trustee of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators. He is a graduate of Moravian College and Widener University School of Law.

Ashley has been active in law enforcement professional activities since 2004. He is an accreditation assessment team leader, trainer, and Standards Committee member for the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. He serves on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition, and as its liaison to the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition. He has previously served on the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee and is currently a member of the Education and Training Committee. He has also been involved in a variety of law enforcement projects on the federal, state and municipal levels, including management studies, hiring and selection processes, liability reduction audits, and reviews of technical reports and training curricula. He frequently speaks on policy development, and the intersection of race and police use of force. As a police trainer, he focuses on legal topics and police-community engagement.


Megan Mohler, M.A.

Megan Mohler, M.S., is a research analyst with Rosenbaum & Associates. She earned her master’s from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University. Her research interests include gender differences in crime and criminal justice, and the interaction of psychological and sociological influences in police and community interactions. Her thesis examined the way social media influences the role of public perceptions of legitimacy and procedural justice toward the police.


Amy Ruiz, B.A.

Amy Ruiz brings the experience of a 15-year career in journalism, policy work, communications and campaign direction to the COCL team, including several years in policy advising, communications, and management roles for Mayor Sam Adams. In her role on the COCL team, Amy serves as a local liaison, previously working with the COAB and subcommittees on the goals outlined in the Settlement Agreement, and currently monitoring the community engagement work of PCCEP.