David Williams

Strategic Partner

A Community Policing Management Consultant, Dave Williams has over 25 years of law enforcement experience from a career that spanned the ranks from Patrol Officer to Assistant Chief of Police. His work in developing strategies for transitioning law enforcement agencies from traditional to community policing approaches has been recognized nationally.

Among other acknowledgements, Dave Williams is the 1992 recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum's Gary P. Hayes Award for recognition in furthering improvements in policing. In 1997 Williams completed his career with the Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau, where he had a lead role in transitioning the 1,000-plus employee agency to Community Policing, and spent seven years in top command positions in the department, holding the ranks of both Deputy Chief of Police and Assistant Chief of Police during that time.

Since completing his career with the Portland Police Bureau, Williams has continued to do what he does best -- assist law enforcement agencies in finding the right formula for change. Since 1998, Dave Williams has been an independent management consultant, conducting organizational assessments, training, and other assistance for public safety agencies. His clients have included U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.), where he served as a member of a national resource planning and advisory board and a training and development consultant. He has also served as an advisor and independent consultant for three regional community policing training centers on behalf of the Institute for Law and Justice (ILJ) and National Institute of Justice, (NIJ). Dave Williams is also a co-author of the PM (Public Management) magazine article on police staffing: Officer-Per-Thousand Formulas and Other Policing Myths.

Prior professional background

Northwest Medical Teams International, Field Team(s) Program Manager. 1997-98

Assistant Chief of Police, Portland Police Bureau. Retired from the Portland Police Bureau in 1997 as Assistant Chief of Police with 25 years of service. Responsible, as the second in command, for the daily management of 1000 employees with an 88 million dollar budget. Other command-level assignments the Portland Police Bureau included:

  • Assigned as the Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch responsible for the uniform patrol function of the Police Bureau. The branch has 875 employees located in five precincts and three divisions with a budget of 60 million dollars. 1997

  • Appointed by former Chief Charles Moose as the Assistant Chief of the Investigations Branch. This branch has a staff of 300 employees and a budget of 30 million dollars. 1994-97

  • Appointed by former Chief Tom Potter as the Assistant Chief of Police as the chief operating officer of the Police Bureau. Responsible, as the second in command, for the daily management of 1000 employees with an 88 million dollar budget. 1992-93

  • Promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police, assigned to the Patrol Branch, responsible for the implementation of the newly adopted five year strategic plan to community policing. Also, responsible for the Police Bureau's Planning and Support Division as chief project manager for strategic planning and organizational development. 1990-92

  • Assigned by former Chief Richard Walker as the project manager to develop the Police Bureau's first five year strategic plan for transitioning to community policing as a total organization. This community policing strategic plan was recognized as the first of its kind in the nation. This plan has been used as a model across the United States in many police agencies and by the National Institute of Justice. 1988-90

  • Prior Police Bureau experience: Hired as Portland police officer, experience at all three branches and eventually attaining the rank of Police Captain. 1972-88

Special Assignments

Appointed as the Police Bureau's liaison to the African-American community advisory council. 1997

Western Community Policing Center, Strategic Planning Task Force. 1996

National Institute of Justice appointee, Measuring Performance in Policing Task Force and Integrity in Policing Task Force. 1995

Community Policing Consortium, Planning and Development Task Force member. 1995

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, project and studies reviewer. 1995

Western Community Policing Center, Planning and Development Team. 1995

Assigned by Chief Charles A. Moose to the City of Portland's Emergency Operations Center as a member of the leadership team in managing the city's response to major disasters or events. 1994

Appointed liaison to the Hispanic community of Portland. 1993

Appointed by former Mayor Bud Clark and Chief Richard Walker as a task force member of the City of Portland's "Future Focus" strategic planning work group. Responsible for developing the city's long range strategic framework to the year 2000. 1988


University of Portland, MS Administration of Criminal Justice. 1978-81

Southern Oregon State College. BS Law Enforcement. 1966-71

Attended numerous management and leadership development in-service trainings. Additional training in emergency occurrence and major disaster planning and preparedness, Presidential dignitary protection, and major events planning. 1985-97

Community Involvement

Lutheran Family Services Board of Directors. 1995-99

Emergency Services Ministries Board of Directors. 1994-97

University of Portland Adjunct professor, Criminal Justice Practicum program. 1995-present