Joseph A. De Lopez
Joseph A. De Lopez is an experienced and professional public safety executive and consultant. He has over 41 years of progressively responsible experience covering the spectrum of police management, to include administration, policy development, training, expert witness testimony and executive screening activities.
He was formerly the Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security for the City Colleges of Chicago. He was hired by the City Colleges in 2011 to coordinate the centralization and re-organization of the Office of Safety and Security. The City College of Chicago system is comprised of eight primary locations and six satellite locations serving a student population of approximately 120,000. These campuses are located throughout metropolitan Chicago, and are as diverse as the city itself. As Vice Chancellor, Mr. De Lopez developed a plan to transition the Office of Safety and Security to a State Certified Police Department. He also implemented procedures to standardize and integrate security technology solutions, and implemented numerous programs and policies to enhance the safety on all of the campuses.
Mr. De Lopez also served as the Chief of Police in Winnetka, Illinois, a community of 12,500 residents 14 miles from downtown Chicago along the shores of Lake Michigan. He was hired as Chief in March of 2002. The Winnetka Police Department has a complement of 36 personnel, and a total budget of approximately $6.3 million. The Department has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. During his tenure as Chief in Winnetka, De Lopez re-organized the Police Department, enhanced training of his personnel through a collaborative effort with Oakton Community College and the Northeastern Illinois Public Training Academy (NIPSTA), where he served in roles as President, Vice-President and as an Officer of the NIPSTA Foundation.
Mr. De Lopez also had a distinguished 31 year career with the Chicago Police Department, rising through the ranks to become Deputy Superintendent. As the Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Technical Services for the Chicago Police Department Mr. De Lopez commanded a bureau that was comprised of the police department’s Communication Division, Electronics and Motor Maintenance Division, Evidence and Recovered Property Section, and General Support Division. His duties included coordinating police communications issues and needs with the Chicago Office of Emergency Communications, which included the city’s Alternate Response Program.
De Lopez was also responsible for overseeing the maintenance and replacement of the police department’s vehicle and Marine Unit fleets, establishing and implementing policy for management of the Central Detention Section, Evidence and Recovered Property Section, Equipment and Supply Section and the Reproduction and Graphic Arts Section. As Deputy Superintendent, Mr. De Lopez also coordinated the Chicago Police Department’s capital improvement program and worked with the Department of General Services on property management issues. His responsibilities required Mr. De Lopez to oversee a personnel and non-personnel budget of over $58 million.
Mr. DeLopez was formerly Deputy Chief of Patrol Administration for the Chicago Police Department. His responsibilities included coordinating the review and implementation of Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy, known as CAPS (Chicago’s version of community policing). He was also responsible for overseeing all administrative functions for the Patrol Division of the Chicago Police Department. The Patrol Division was comprised of over 10,000 personnel.
Mr. De Lopez was also in charge of the Chicago Police Department’s Training Division. As Commander of Training, he was responsible for basic recruit and in-service training for 14,000 sworn police personnel and 4,000 non-sworn personnel, and establishing policies to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws.
He also served as District Commander of the 10th and 14th Districts (both predominantly Hispanic communities), and was Deputy Chief of a Patrol area serving the west side of Chicago and comprised of four Police Districts with a complement of over 1200 police officers.
While with the Chicago Police Department, Mr. De Lopez supplemented his Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree from Lewis University. He has also completed a certificate in Police Administration at the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University, attended the elite Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Northwestern University’s Executive Management Program, the City of Chicago Intergovernmental Executive Development Program, and is a 2008 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (LEEDS).
Mr. De Lopez has also been qualified as an expert witness in Federal Court for police operations and administrative matters, and has served as a promotional and executive search assessor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Metro Dade Police Department, Illinois State Police, Cook County Department of Personnel, and the Chicago Police Department.