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ABOUT

A small, hard-working consulting firm based established in 2004,  JusticeExperts are the perfect hybrid of experienced justice information practitioners whose extensive public sector work in justice integration projects can be combined and customized for your justice and intelligence integration and project management needs.
 
Our members all have invested full careers in government, public sector and criminal justice in roles featuring all levels of executive leadership, project management, design, and implementation with Federal, State and local justice information systems. Our staff consultants bring vast experience from the domains of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts, Prosecution and Homeland Security/Intelligence.
 
Our services and solutions focus on pragmatic and neutral concepts, emphasizing nominal costs, leveraging investments, and seeking to promulgate and proliferate the use of common and open-standards, methods and technologies. We value solutions and approaches that center on Best Practices, Industry Standards, Interoperability, and Re-Use.
 
Our services and solutions are keenly focused on the Global collection of standards and specifications, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), The Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and The Global Federated Identify and Privilege Management (GFIPM) model – all working together to provide the deployment of integrated web services, and the evolution of current technologies to the component-based and service-oriented architectures of the future.
 
 
Thomas J. Kooy
Founder and Principal Consultant

Mr. Kooy is a consultant and educator specializing in the planning and design of integrated criminal justice and intelligence information systems. He has over 25 years experience both as a criminal justice practitioner as well as a leader in information systems technologies. As a Sergeant with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis, he gained first-hand experience in the processes and complexities of the criminal justice system, as well as the cultures and concerns of its major component players.

 

As one of the early leaders of a statewide enterprise approach to solving the criminal justice information sharing problem in Minnesota, Mr. Kooy began in the mid-1990’s working to develop the advent vision of CriMNet. As the Executive Director of the Hennepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and later, as Deputy Director of the statewide CriMNet Project, Mr. Kooy was instrumental in developing many of the emerging national standards for justice information sharing. In 1998, Minnesota was chosen as a pilot state for a BJA/SEARCH Research Project, where Mr. Kooy’s project team developed methods of collecting and documenting information exchanges within the criminal justice enterprise that today are used in the SEARCH JIEM Tool and methodology. Mr. Kooy’s development team also developed the first, statewide and interstate, Enterprise XML Data Model for criminal justice. This model became one of the largest foundation artifacts of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), which today is the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

 

Mr. Kooy has been a representative to the Global (OJP) Infrastructure and Standards working group, the Intelligence Working Group’s Security Architecture Committee, and is a charter member of the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF) -- the body that created the GJXDM and NIEM. He was also a charter member of the Justice Information Sharing Practitioners (JISP), and was Board President in 2004. He also served as adjunct faculty to the University of New Orleans, Center for Society Law and Justice. Mr. Kooy has served as a subject matter expert to the US Department of Justice OCIO on the LEISP Strategy and development of a Concept of Operations, and on the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-sponsored Technology Working Group (TWG) who are responsible for identifying technology needs and defining operational requirements for law enforcement and corrections technologies. He has also completed work assisting the FBI CJIS in developing their Concept of Operations for N-DEx. As an adviser and technology consultant, he has additionally provided services to the New Jersey State Police, State of Louisiana I-CJIS Technology Board, State of Missouri CJIS Council, California AOC, Oklahoma State Courts, and has conducted integration and strategic planning workshops in over 20 states.

 

Mr. Kooy has managed local, state and federal projects as large as $100M budgets, managed implementation of local criminal justice software, regional information sharing projects, and served as the Chief Technology Officer for a justice & healthcare-based software and services company. He has had the responsibilities of personnel management since 1990, supervising and motivating multi-disciplinary teams of technologists and business practitioners of over 400 staff. Mr. Kooy holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota, and is frequently called to speak on issues of criminal justice data and systems integration, both regionally and nationally.  See full bio.

Chief John Dough
Executive Management Consultant (LE)

Chief John D. Dough of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office commands the day-to-day operations of New Jersey’s largest and most active Sheriff’s Department, which is located in the state’s busiest Superior Court venue. In addition to supervising patrol activities, investigative units and criminal identification services, Chief Dough also presently directs the agency’s efforts to acquire new Computer-Aided Dispatch, Records Management and Civil Process technology. This technology will form the basisof integration of the county’s new jail with local and regional police departments.

 

A career law enforcement officer, Chief Dough is a 35-year-veteran who served most recently as Deputy Chief of the Newark Police Department where he was assigned to the Police Director’s office and commanded the Office of Information Technology. In this capacity, Chief Dough developed and implemented a broad scope of administrative, organizational, operational and criminal informational technology. As the Newark Police Department’s commander of the Research and Planning Division, Chief Dough developed departmental policy, tactical, strategic and budgetary planning, comparative crime analysis systems and grant proposals among other duties. Chief Dough is equally comfortable in the boardroom or on the street. He has successfully commanded Newark’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Narcotics and Auto Theft Squads. Dough served as Precinct Commander of the city’s South and East Districts and he supervised the Field Operations Bureau.

 

Chief Dough is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. An air traffic controller and radio intercept analyst, Dough served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

 

Throughout his career Chief Dough has been recognized and praised by his law enforcement peers as an expert on police management. He has been accorded numerous citations and honors for his public safety leadership and he is an active member of many professional and fraternal organizations, including the International Association of Chief’s of Police and the Law Enforcement Planners Association.

 
Renee Cobb
Attorney, Consultant & Information Technology Planning Expert

Renee brings over 20 years of experience across all levels of government, including expertise in justice information systems and business analysis experience ranging from strategic planning and project management to the development of policy and requirements analysis. Renee possesses deep experience in all phases of the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). She maintains subject matter expertise in law enforcement CAD/RMS, NIBRS, integrated justice systems.  Renee excels at team building, consensus-building, analysis and writing.  

 

Renee is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, APCO and NENA.  Renee has worked with countless LEA's and CJ agencies, and has served in many Advisory Roles, including:

  • Member of the University of New Orleans, Center for Society, Law and Justice Project Team for “What Works, Defining Best Practices for Implementing BJA Justice Integration Projects”

  • Trainer for the Global Justice XML Data Model on behalf of the IJIS Institute with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • Developed Strategic Plan and Recommendations for Michigan State Police with IJIS Institute

  • Contributed to the development of IEPDs for the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), a precursor to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

Renee obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a

Masters in Information Technology coursework at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech), certification in Java Programming at Virginia Western Community College, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois, Champaign.  She  obtained PMP certification in 2010.

 

Kym Craven
Justice Strategy/Mgmt Consultant

 

Founder: Public Safety Strategies Group LLC

Kym  has 26 years of experience in the public safety sector and is nationally recognized for her facilitation, training, strategic planning, program development, departmental assessment, grant writing, training, and management expertise.

 

Ms. Craven has provided management consulting services to the City/County of San Francisco Police Department, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, the Dallas Area Transit Police, the State of Vermont, the Town of Bridgton, Maine, the Port of New York/New Jersey Police Department, the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, Hooksett and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the Center for Campus Environmental Excellence (C2E2), along with more than 350 additional municipalities and state agencies. In addition, she is actively involved in public safety oral board development and oversight, executive coaching for police and fire personnel and the development of regional public safety initiatives. Recently, through a project with the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, she oversaw the development of the Youth Violence Reduction performance management system for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is continuing to provided services to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as they development a comprehensive strategic plan.

 

Among other projects, Ms. Craven developed a strategic mobilization plan for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and an in-depth study which led to a plan to integrate emergency warning and notification systems in an 85 community region. She helped secure funding for the Central Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association for regional training, and oversaw the management of a National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) workshops for the DHS Office of Grants and Training. Ms. Craven also conducted an Organizational Assessment and Needs and Gaps Analysis for an 18 Community Region in Central Massachusetts, facilitated a Local Emergency Planning Committee in Westford, Massachusetts, developed Community Emergency Response Plans for municipalities and health agencies as well as participating in other projects related to planning, training and exercise for municipal agencies. In addition,

 

Ms. Craven has conducted leadership training both nationally and internationally.As a management specialist, Ms. Craven provides technical assistance on a wide range of issues related to grant funding. She secured over $5 million in recent grant funding for fire and police departments in the areas of technology, training, program development and staffing, and works with state and local governments to troubleshoot grant issues and ensure compliance.Ms. Craven holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. She is a former police officer with certification from the Northeast Regional Police Institute in Massachusetts. .

 
Susan A. Laniewski

Courts, Corrections, Prosecution & Information Technology Consultant

Susan brings 25 years of experience across all levels of government. She previously served as a Program Manager for Justice and Courts projects at both Bull Services and Unisys Corporation, overseeing project development to support courts and integrated justice missions. She was the Customer Implementation Manager for the Massachusetts Sheriff's Information Reporting System (SIRS) implemented statewide, and served as the Project Manager for the MassCourts statewide Court system procurement and implementation project. Laniewski also managed the Nashville Metro-Davison CJIS system, served in various project management roles with the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, and developed and managed the Consulting Practice for the Colorado based office of the National Center for State Courts. She also held similar positions at the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Ms.Laniewski holds a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law and a Masters of Public Administration from the School of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Laniewski also holds a BA&S in Criminal Justice & Sociology, with honors, from LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA. She is a licensed attorney in Virginia and for the U.S. Supreme Court.