Bio - Don Zoufal

Don currently works as an independent consultant for CrowZ Nest Consulting, Inc., and provides strategic and policy advice on safety and security issues and technologies.  Don has gained expertise in safety and security operations, law enforcement, legal operations, risk management and international affairs through over thirty- five years of industry practice and in a series of executive level governmental appointments. Those appointments have included: First Deputy of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (9-1-1 Center); Deputy Commissioner for Safety and Security for the Chicago Department of Aviation (Airport Security Coordinator at O’Hare and Midway International Airports); General Counsel for the Chicago Police Department; Chief Legal Counsel for the State of Illinois Department of Corrections; and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago’s Law Department. He is also a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Don holds three degrees from the University of Illinois in law (J.D.), public administration (M.A.P.A.), and history and political science (B.A.). He also holds an M.A. in Security Studies focusing on Homeland Security through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His master’s thesis examined the issue of privacy and CCTV governance. Since 2011 Don has been a Lecturer in the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management Program in the Graham School at the University of Chicago.  His academic focus has been on the use of technology in homeland security.

Don lectures national and internationally on a range of security and technology subjects.  He has served for over 24 years as Legal Advisor for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He is active in ACI-NA serving on the Steering Committee for the Public Safety and Security Committee.  He is also a frequent lecturer on legal and policy issues at the Airport Law Enforcement Administrators Network (ALEAN) meetings as well as the meetings of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International were he has served as Chairperson of the Security Applied Sciences Council. He is an ASIs Certified Protection Professional and is also a graduate of the ICAO AVSEC PM Course.

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