James "CHIPS" Stewart
Director of Public Safety, Senior Fellow for Law Enforcement
Senior Fellow


CHIPS Stewart is a nationally recognized expert on the criminal justice system, including use-of-force analysis, capabilities evaluation and technological applications such as body-worn cameras. Throughout a long career examining law enforcement tactics and strategy, Stewart has assisted many police departments to develop and implement violence-reduction strategies involving gangs and drug dealers. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Department of Justice's Smart Policing Initiative, which provides technical assistance and training to 35 local law-enforcement agencies, from Baltimore to Los Angeles. He has also helped lead efforts by the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services Office to resolve use-of-force incidents.

Prior to joining CNA, Stewart served as Commander of the Oakland Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and as a White House Fellow during his time as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General. From 1982 to 1990, he was the presidentially appointed Director of the National Institute of Justice, the longest-serving Director of the Department of Justice's research branch. Under his leadership, the institute developed soft body armor that has saved the lives of more than 4,000 police officers. He has also worked one-on-one with several police departments to provide analysis on violent crime and neighborhood partnerships.

Stewart holds an M.P.A. from California State University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Police Organizational Management from the FBI National Academy.


August 29, 2018

James “Chips” Stewart says the IRB report “should be treated as new evidence. These agencies … should then use it to re-investigate to see whether these are in fact meritorious and warrants a change in their findings or classifications.”

The Baltimore Sun: “Baltimore Police Commissioner Says Detective’s Death Not a Closed Case, Despite Report’s Finding of Suicide”

August 28, 2018

“The Independent Review Board was co-chaired by James “Chips” Stewart, a law enforcement consultant who sat on two prior such review boards that looked at controversial Baltimore Police cases in 2011 and 2013.”

The Baltimore Sun: “Panel Report: Baltimore Police Det. Suiter Had 'Every Incentive' to Make Suicide Appear to Be Murder”

June 28, 2018

James ‘Chips’ Stewart says, “We have talked to a number of people in the police department, a number of people outside the police department, and we’ve talked to a few people from Harlem Park.”

Baltimore Brew: “Homicide or Suicide? Board Probing Det. Suiter’s Death Promises an Answer”

April 12, 2018

James "Chips" Stewart says, "It takes a person away from their family, it takes him away from the Police Department, and it also is trauma for the community. We're going to follow where the evidence leads us."

Baltimore Sun: "Panel to Study Baltimore Police Det. Suiter Killing Includes Policing Experts, Retired Detectives"

April 12, 2018

James "Chips" Stewart says, "The evidence is what the evidence is. And what we're trying to take a look at is to see whether with fresh eyes that there's any assistance that we can provide."

CBS Baltimore (WJZ): "Police Announce Panel Members Reviewing Det. Sean Suiter's Murder Case"

April 12, 2018

James "Chips" Stewart says, "This is a complicated case, and we're going to take a thorough look at this."

NBC Baltimore (WBAL): "Independent Review Board Takes on Suiter Investigation"