AELE Expert Witness/Litigation Consultant Listing
Name: Robert T. Johnson
Lt. Colonel (Ret) - Illinois State Police
Current employer or professional
Robert T. Johnson - Law Enforcement Policy and Practices Consultant
Illinois State Police - Lt. Colonel (Ret.)
Address: Palos Heights, Il 60463
Tel: (708) 217-8872
(1) Relevant prior and part-time employment, with dates:
Police Policy and Practices Consultant (Self Employed)
01/99-Present – Law
Enforcement Policy and Practices Consultant
Consult with law enforcement agencies concerning policy issues. Provide consultation and expert witness testimony regarding litigation relating to police practices and conduct. Has qualified as an expert witness in state and federal court. Conduct independent internal inquiries. Serves as an assessor (Team Leader) for the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and has reviewed the operations of 25 + law enforcement agencies seeking Accreditation. Has conducted Operational, Organization and/or Policy reviews for several agencies, most recently the Kane County Sheriff's Office, Kankakee (IL) Police Department and the Armenian National Police (for the World Bank). Served as Interim Public Safety Director/Chief of Police Forest View (IL) and assisted in search for the Director's position (2007).
Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)
- Amtrak Police Department, CALEA Accredited
01/02-05/05 Inspector/Director of Police - Western Region Responsible for oversight of Amtrak Police Personnel, Operations and Administration for the Western Region (30 States) including the Chicago, Indianapolis (Beech Grove), New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco field offices and several detective posts located throughout region. This oversight included supervision and review of Patrol, Investigative and Administrative functions, which are directed to protect the Corporation; its customers, employees and assets as well as the public in general. Conducted Internal Inquiries and reviewed all complaint investigations within Region. Chaired Training Committee with oversight for Defensive Tactics and Firearms Sub-Committees and served as member of the Use of Force Committee - reviewed all use of force incidents nationwide.
Department of Law Enforcement/Illinois State Police: 1972-1998
(Most recent Command positions listed)
Interim Police Superintendent, Cicero Police Department
Appointed by State Police Director and Cicero Town President, with the approval of the Governor Edgar's Office, to oversee daily operations of the Cicero Police Department. Responsible for spearheading the effort to restore an embattled police department to operating condition after the loss of the superintendent, top command staff and over one third of the police force. Five dated cold homicides cleared in seven months. Awards were received from the Illinois State Police and the Town of Cicero for accomplishing this mission.
Colonel, Region I Commander
Commanded over 600 employees with oversight for Operations (Patrol and Investigations) and Administration of District Chicago, District 15, Tactical Response team (SWAT), Helicopter Unit, USART (underwater search and rescue team), Tactical Operations Group (gang and narcotic enforcement) and various Task Force Personnel.
District Chicago Commander
Implemented the merger of two Illinois State Police districts into the newly created District Chicago, the largest state police district in Illinois. Directed 330 employees; responsible for overseeing patrol and investigative functions as well as specialized units, such as the Public Integrity Task Force, South Suburban Auto Theft Task Force (SSATIN) and the Cook County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (CCMEG). Developed, implemented and provided oversight of the Public Integrity Task Force Formulated and oversaw the operational plan for State Police duties during the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and several Chicago Bulls Championship Anti-Riot details.
(2) Degrees and relevant special training:
I have attended extensive law enforcement, management and operational training courses covering a wide array of topics including management programs conducted by the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Michigan State University and the Illinois State Police. The cumulative hours of law enforcement training received exceed 3,000 hours.
(3) Other professional activities:
Professional Associations (Past and Current)
(4) Retainer information:
number of times retained by claimant's (plaintiff's) counsel: Twenty (20)
Approximate number of times retained by defense counsel: Forty-five (55)
(5) Name, address and telephone of attorneys who may be contacted as references:
References furnished upon request.
(6) Publications that contain your paid advertisements (since 1996):
(7) Usual and customary fee:
Consultation - No fee
$175.00 Per Hour for, document review, writing of Opinion Report, preparation for and deposition/trial testimony, meeting(s) w/attorney(s), research and other case related work
(8) Areas of Expertise and Experience
Note - Letter codes used in front of the subject mean:
(9) Types of cases you will not accept:
There is no specific type of case that I will not accept. All cases will be evaluated on their individual merits prior to final acceptance.
(10) Other information relevant in evaluating your services (publications, awards, achievements, special interests)
I have received numerous awards from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and numerous letters of commendation as an active law enforcement officer. I have also received numerous letters of satisfaction from clients I have consulted for.
I have been retained as an expert in approximately 75 cases in state and federal court. I have testified at approximately 12 civil trials (State & Federal).