Dr. Craig Uchida

Dr. Craig D. Uchida is the President of Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. where he oversees contracts and grants with cities, counties, criminal justice agencies, foundations, and foreign nations. Dr. Uchida is currently working with the Los Angeles Police Department to design and implement Predictive Policing and with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to assist in reducing Mortgage Fraud in the county.

Dr. Uchida has studied violent crime, policing, and a variety of programs in the criminal justice system. He is the author of numerous journal articles, government publications, and monographs. He is the co-editor of two books on drug enforcement and police innovation and is co-author of a book that assessed the security of the Nation’s dams, published by the National Academy of Science.

Dr. Uchida was a senior executive within the US Department of Justice. He is the former Assistant Director for Grants Administration and Senior Policy Adviser for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). As the Assistant Director for Grants Administration he and his staff were responsible for developing and implementing the grant making process, making grant awards, and grant monitoring. When he left the COPS Office he had provided $3.4 billion to over 9,000 law enforcement agencies for over 65,000 officers. His efforts at the COPS Office resulted in two major US Department of Justice Awards – the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and the JustWorks Award for innovation in government in 1997.

Dr. Uchida is active in numerous Asian American organizations locally and nationally. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the Co-Chair of the Japanese American Network in Washington, DC, and the Treasurer of the Washington DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the oldest Asian civil rights organization in the country.

In 2007, Dr. Uchida was selected by the Department of Defense to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference that toured the Middle East. He was one of 45 business people selected to meet members of the US Central Command and tour military bases in Djibouti, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

Dr. Uchida received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and holds two Masters degrees, one in Criminal Justice and one in American History.