Kevin Morison


Kevin Morison has spent more than 35 years in the law enforcement and criminal justice professions, with a focus on policy, research and communications. For the past five years, he has been part of the PERF’s senior management team, overseeing a range of projects to improve police operations at the local, state and national levels. As PERF’s Chief Program Officer, he directs of team of research and program professionals addressing critical issues such as gun violence, workforce issues, police response to sexual assault, human trafficking, police response to homelessness, officer suicide, and technology adoption. He was lead author of PERF’s Guiding Principles on Use of Force (March 2016) and was co-developer of the ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics) Training Guide on reducing police use of force. 

Kevin spent the first nine years of his career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, a state planning, research and technology development agency, where he served as Assistant Director of Public Information. In 1993, he joined the Research and Development Division of the Chicago Police Department, and was part of the team that designed and implemented the CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) strategy of community policing. He was also lead author of the department’s strategic plan called Together We Can.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC, in 1998 as a member of Chief Charles Ramsey’s leadership team for rebuilding the Metropolitan Police Department and implementing community policing and other organizational change initiatives. At the MPD, he focused on building the department’s online communication and community outreach capacities. In 2007, Kevin joined the staff of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, where he managed communications and research efforts. Prior to joining PERF, he served as an Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate, where he oversaw a number of operational, communications and customer service functions.

A native of Arizona, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has written numerous articles for professional publications, including a chapter in “Best Practices in Law Enforcement Public Information” (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2006).