Gordon J. Wasserman, M.A.
International Consultant on Law Enforcement Management and Technology
Gordon Wasserman is chairman and chief executive officer of The Gordon Wasserman Group, LLC, an independent consultant firm specializing in the management of police agencies, particularly their scientific and technological support services, and in the preparation and implementation of strategic plans for newly appointed chief police executives.
Wasserman has an international reputation as a leader in the management of police science and technology. He served for nearly 12 years as the Assistant Under Secretary of State for Police Science and Technology in the United Kingdom Government and, since leaving the U.K. in 1996, as adviser to the Police Commissioners of New York City and Philadelphia, the Chiefs of Police of Miami and a number of other cities, the government of the United States (Department of Justice) and several other national governments. He has also had wide private sector experience at senior level. From October 1996 to August 1998, Wasserman was special adviser on Science and Technology to Police Commissioner Howard Safir of the City of New York. In June 2002, Wasserman chaired a panel of distinguished law enforcement executives charged with reviewing the work of the Office of Science and Technology (OS & T) of the National Institute of Justice to ensure that OS & T is able to meet the post-September 11, 2001 needs of State and local law enforcement and public safety agencies to prevent and respond to terrorist activity.
Wasserman's leadership role in the application of science and technology to the criminal justice system has long been recognized in the United States. From 1994 to 2000, he served on the Board of Directors of the SEARCH Group Inc., and was re-elected to the SEARCH board in July 2004. From 1996 to 2003, he was also a member of the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology and Policy Assessment Executive Panel of the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice. (The Panel was disbanded in 2003). Wasserman is also a popular speaker at police conferences in this country and in the U.K.
Wasserman began his professional career teaching economics at Oxford University. In 1967, he joined the U.K. Civil Service as the First Economic Adviser to the Home Office. From 1973 to 1977, Wasserman led the U.K. Government's efforts aimed at tackling the problems of inner cities.
From 1981 to 1983, he was director of social policy in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS). From 1983 to 1995, as the Assistant Under Secretary of State for Police Science and Technology in the British Government (Home Office), Wasserman was responsible for providing the full range of scientific, technological and information support services, including R & D, to all Britain's police forces. He managed a staff of over 2,500 and a budget of over £100 million. He privatized the Directorate of Telecommunications, oversaw the application of DNA technology to the needs of the criminal justice system and directed the planning and implementation of a number of major police information systems. He also directed the preparation of the first National Strategy for Police Information Systems, which set the framework for all police IT, both at the national or local level. Wasserman retired from the British Civil Service in May 1995.
Wasserman holds a B.A. degree from McGill University, where he was editor-in-chief of The McGill Daily, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Wasserman is a citizen of both Canada and Great Britain.