Jessica Toliver


Jessica Toliver currently serves as PERF's Deputy Director of Technical Assistance, responsible for providing management expertise on issues that directly impact public safety, including implementation of smart policing initiatives, evaluation of emerging law enforcement trends, and identification of best practices concerning countering violent extremism within local communities.  Most recently in her career, Ms. Toliver served as a Program Manager at the Lafayette Group consulting firm where she was one of four executive-level leaders within the company responsible for directing, managing and facilitating national-level homeland security, communications interoperability, and emergency preparedness technical assistance projects.  Ms. Toliver led a multi-disciplinary team of subject matter experts and was directly responsible for creation and delivery of workshops for intelligence fusion center personnel across the nation; topics included Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development, Governance, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Health Security, Tactical Interoperability and Communications Plan Development, and the law enforcement Fusion Liaison Officer Program implementation plan.  Her previous PERF research projects and publications include Strategies to Thwart the Stop Snitching Phenomenon; Enhancing the Effectiveness of Intelligence Fusion Centers: A View from the Perspective of Law Enforcement; Promoting Effective Homicide Investigations; Police Management of Mass Demonstrations: Identifying Issues and Successful Approaches; and Protecting Your Community from Terrorism,  Strategies for Local Law Enforcement, Volume 6.  Ms. Toliver has also served as a homeland security policy analyst with the National Governor’s Association.  She has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Richmond.