Joe Milek, M.S.

Joseph Milek, M.S.

Senior Program Manager



Joseph Milek, MS, is a Senior Program Manager at the National Policing Institute (NPI), where he is responsible for managing several of NPI’s initiatives and grant projects tied to the Collaborative Reform Initiative and Knowledge Lab. Additionally, he provides technical assistance, policy analysis, and strategic planning on various law enforcement and public safety topics, including work with Critical Response and Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGIC). Before joining the NPI team, he most recently served as the Chief of Staff at the Boulder, Colorado Police Department. Joseph has also held law enforcement executive positions within several prominent higher educational institutions and is retired from the Cincinnati Police Department, where he served for more than twenty years. He brings knowledge and experience in various specialized areas, such as community-oriented policing, violence reduction, and problem-solving related to evidence and place-based crime strategies.

Joseph graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s 120th Administrative/Executive Leadership Course and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s in criminal justice studies from Xavier University, where he received the Paul G. Hahn Graduate Award for academic excellence.

Areas of Focus

  • Utilization of data-driven approaches to decrease violent crime
  • Implementation of gun violence reduction strategies
  • Crime and intelligence analysis
  • Facilitation of collaborative efforts between local, state, and federal agencies

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