Ronald L. Davis was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder in November, 2013, to head the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The COPS Office is responsible for advancing community policing nationwide and supporting the community policing activities of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. To date, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to fund the hiring of more than 125,000 officers and deputies and provide a variety of knowledge resources including publications, CDs, training, technical assistance, conferences, and webcasts.
Director Davisí appointment follows eight years of serving the City of East Palo Alto as Chief of Police. Before becoming Chief, Davis served 20 years with the Oakland Police Department where he rose to the rank of Captain and served in assignments including Police Academy Director, Criminal Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander, and Inspector General.
In East Palo Alto, Davis led an organizational reform and community-policing effort that increased public trust and confidence in the police and achieved dramatic crime and violence reductions in a city once dubbed the murder capital of the United States. Over a six-year period, homicides dropped by over 50 percent, overall crime decreased over 20 percent, and police and community relations dramatically improved. Davis also partnered with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to implement a pilot parole-reentry program that resulted in return-to-custody rates dropping from more than 60 percent to less than 20 percent.
Davis worked closely with the DOJ in the past, serving as a policing expert for the departmentís Civil Rights Division. While in this capacity, Davis served on two federal monitoring teams with oversight of police-reform consent decrees between the DOJ and the Washington, D.C., and Detroit Police Departments.
Davis is the co-author of the Harvard University and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) publication, Exploring the Role of the Police in Prisoner Reentry, and the U.S. DOJ publication, How to Correctly Collect and Analyze Racial Profiling Data: Your Reputation Depends on It. He is a contributing author to the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) publications: Chief Concerns: The Use of Force and Early Release of Prisoners and Its Impact on Police Agencies and Communities in California.
Davis has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee (RAC), the California Endowment Youth Justice Policy Board, the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Juvenile Justice Standing Committee, and the prestigious Harvard University and National Institute of Justice Executive Sessions on Policing and Public Safety. He possesses a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) and he has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard Universityís, John F. Kennedy School of Government.