75 years of service to our nation


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.


September 29, 2017

James "Chips" Stewart says "[The Trump administration should] expand the existing technical-assistance programs that provide analytical and technical support [to police]."

The Daily Signal: "Law Enforcement Experts Explain What Makes for 'Successful Policing'"

September 21, 2017

CNA's James "CHIPS" Stewart spoke at the Heritage Foundation on "Policing in America: Lessons from the Past, Opportunities for the Future" on September 21. Watch the panel video.

March 13, 2017

CNA releases the fourth episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. CNA Board member Laurie Robinson moderated a discussion on the most pressing topics in justice and policing today with CNA analysts Dr. James "Chip" Coldren, Dr. Laura Kunard, James "CHIPS" Stewart and Zoë Thorkildsen.

March 5, 2017

The Police Chief magazine publishes "Forward Momentum: Examples from the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative" by CNA analysts Tammy Felix, Laura Kunard, Ph.D., James "Chip" Coldren, Ph.D. and James "CHIPS" Stewart