Kathleen O’Toole is a lawyer and career police officer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform efforts. She currently serves as president of O’Toole Associates, LLC and as a partner at 21st Century Policing Solutions.
In 2018, O'Toole completed her service as Chief of Police in Seattle, Washington where she led the Seattle Police Department through a major transformation project. In addition to addressing the requirements of a settlement agreement between the US Department of Justice and the City, she introduced leading-edge business practices and operational strategies that reduced crime and enhanced community trust.
O'Toole also chaired the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. In September 2018, the Commission presented its findings and recommendations for sweeping reforms to An Garda Síochána, the Irish national police service. She had previously served a six-year term as Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight body responsible for advising the Irish Minister of Justice and recommending best practices for policing and security.
Earlier in her career, O'Toole rose through the ranks of local and state policing in Massachusetts. She began her career as a beat cop in the Boston Police Department and was assigned to numerous patrol, investigative, undercover, supervisory and management positions. She served as Superintendent (Chief) of the Metropolitan District Commission Police and Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police. She was later appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Boston Police Commissioner.
O'Toole has worked on other high-profile reform projects. In 1998-1999, she was a member of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland (The Patten Commission). The Commission published recommendations that transformed policing there as part of the Peace Process. In 2009, she served on a four-person panel that created the blueprint for reforming the Northern Ireland Prison Service. She was a member of the Independent Commission on Policing in England and Wales that published findings in late 2013. She also served as Joint Compliance Expert overseeing an agreement between the US Department of Justice and the Town of East Haven, CT to ensure constitutional policing. She continues to serve as a consultant to USDOJ and several state and local government agencies.
O'Toole earned a BA from Boston College, JD from New England School of Law, and PhD from the Business School of Trinity College Dublin. She is a life member and served on the board of directors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She also served as a board member and treasurer of the Police Executive Research Forum.
Retired Chief Rodney Monroe is an accomplished and highly respected subject matter expert in community policing and police reform. With over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring as Assistant Chief of Police in Washington, D.C., and continuing to serve as Chief of Police for 15 years in three cities, he is now sharing valuable knowledge and expertise with various law enforcement entities.
Under his leadership as Chief of Police in Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Macon, GA, historical reductions in violent crime were reached. These departments also experienced a significant increase in police and community relationships through the development and implementation of innovative programs and engagements.
Chief Monroe continues his police reform efforts by partnering with noted professional organizations providing consulting services and subject matter expertise in collaborative reform projects, critical incident reviews, violence reduction projects, body worn camera programs, and the handling of mass demonstrations and special events.
He served as Monitor for Department of Justice Federal Consent Decree in Meridian, MS. He currently serves as the Deputy Monitor for the Chicago Police Department’s Consent Decree. His focus areas include, Use of Force, Accountability/Transparency, Supervision, Training, Officer Wellness and Safety, and Hiring, Recruitment, and Promotion.
Chief Monroe has served as an Expert for the USDOJ Civil Rights Division in conducting Pattern and Practices investigations in the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Mt. Vernon Police Department.
Additionally, Chief Monroe has provided subject matter expertise on several other projects, including: conducting a Racial Bias Audit for the City of Charleston, SC; North Charleston Collaborative Reform; and, Minneapolis Critical Incident Review. Chief Monroe currently serves as a Strategic Site Liaison for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), National Body Worn Camera Program, and Safer Neighborhoods through Precision Policing Initiative (SNPPI) TTA programs.
Attorney Natalia Delgado left private practice in 2009 to begin her career in government, serving as Associate General Counsel with the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Delgado had principal responsibility for addressing the legal issues of several State boards and agencies, including the Illinois State Police, Prisoner Review Board, and the Department of Corrections. In addition, Delgado managed Executive Clemency, leading a team reviewing petitions and making recommendations to the Governor, ultimately acting on nearly 5,000 petitions.
Delgado went on to serve as Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Litigation for the Illinois State Police. Her responsibilities included managing the litigation pending against the Department and its officers, prosecuting officers administratively for alleged policy violations, making policy recommendations, drafting proposed legislation, and testifying before the legislature. Delgado also created curriculum and provided training to sworn officers and forensic scientists on various topics including Civil Rights & Civil Liabilities, Responsibilities of Field Training Officers, Search & Seizure, Bias Based Policing and Civil Deposition Preparation. While there, Delgado received a Meritorious Service Medal, awarded for outstanding achievements contributing to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department.
Delgado next served as Deputy Director of Policy at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she coordinated the planning, development and execution of several new policy and research efforts. Delgado leveraged relationships with law enforcement partners and advocates to educate and train on new initiatives and developed multidisciplinary teams to coordinate investigations and support services.
Delgado went on to serve as City Prosecutor in the City of Chicago, managing the attorneys and department responsible for prosecuting criminal and administrative violations of the Chicago Municipal Code. Delgado’s practice also included civil defense of Freedom of Information Act litigation pending against City Departments in circuit court.
Delgado currently serves as General Counsel for the Illinois Commerce Commission, the state agency responsible for overseeing electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water and sewer public utility companies in the state. The Commission employs close to 300 people and operates with an annual budget of approximately 65 million dollars.
Delgado received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University School of Law. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
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