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Chief Jonathan Lewin, CPD (Ret.)

Chief Jonathan Lewin, CPD (Ret.)
Director Emeritus

A lifelong Chicago resident, Jonathan Lewin currently works as a Senior Public Safety Advisor for the First Responder Network Authority, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce. He served briefly as Chief Information Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC after retiring as Chief of the Bureau of Technical Services and Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Police Department (CPD). He was a sworn member of CPD for over 28 years, rising through the ranks from Police Officer to Bureau Chief. In Chicago, Lewin was an early member of the Gay and Lesbian Police Association, now known as the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) and was a proud participant in Chicago’s annual Pride Parade, marching in uniform with other men and women of law enforcement. Lewin served as a board member and immediate past-Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Technology Section. He was appointed as the Major Cities Chiefs of Police representative on the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM (public safety communications) Executive Committee and FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Council in 2017. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of Justice, assisting police departments with technology planning and implementation. At the request of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, Lewin conducted a site visit to the Gardai and contributed to the Commission’s 2018 report. In 2019, he was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for technology innovation and was awarded Technology Champion of the Year by NOBLE (the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives). Lewin attended the Chicago Public Schools, including Whitney Young High School. He earned a BS in Administration of Justice at Southern Illinois University, an MA in Public Policy at Northwestern University, and an MA in Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.