Jessica Toliver


Jessica Toliver currently serves as PERF's Director of Technical Assistance, responsible for providing management expertise on issues that directly impact public safety, including implementation of research-based policing initiatives, evaluation of existing policies and practices on a wide range of criminal justice topics, and identification of promising practices associated with emerging law enforcement tools and technologies.  Current projects include assessment of homicide investigations within selected agencies and development of policy recommendations to increase clearance rates; assessing and assisting agencies with implementation of comprehensive officer safety and wellness programs; and identification and documentation of innovative police outreach programs to immigrant and refugee communities to build trust and improve cooperation with law enforcement.  Previous national level projects include the “Implementing a Body-Worn Cameras Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned” publication and development of an executive-level training program for ATF special agents based on “Lessons Learned from Waco.”  Prior to returning to PERF in 2012, 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.  During her previous PERF tenure Ms. Toliver contributed to the following research projects and publications: 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.