Frank Straub, Ph.D. is the Public Safety Director of the City of Indianapolis. Since he assumed his position on January 4th 2010, Dr. Straub has led 3200 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to the Department of Public Safety’s police, fire, homeland security, animal care and control, and EMS divisions.
Previously, Director Straub was the Public Safety Commissioner in White Plains, New York. During his seven year tenure, the White Plains Department of Public Safety achieved a 40 percent decline of serious crime by employing community policing techniques and data-driven enforcement. Director Straub directed 435 sworn and civilian personnel in the value-added delivery of police, fire, and emergency medical services resulting in increased community safety during a seven year period of revitalization, growth, and economic development in the City of White Plains.
Demonstrating his commitment to diversity, Director Straub significantly increased the hiring of persons of color in the White Plains Police and Fire Bureaus, and ensured their representation in supervisory positions and special assignments. In October 2008, the Westchester County Hispanic Law Enforcement Association awarded him their “Adelante Award” in recognition of his efforts to improve the Department’s diversity and build bridges to the Hispanic community.
As Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York Police Department (NYPD), Dr. Straub led police recruit, in-service, promotional, and executive training programs for all uniform and civilian members of the NYPD. Under his leadership, a class of 1600 police recruits graduated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
During a critical time in homeland security, Dr. Straub developed and implemented counterterrorism training programs for all sworn and civilian members of the NYPD. Dr Straub also expanded the Police Academy’s Civilian Advisory Board and increased the diversity of its members.
With over 25 years of experience in criminal justice, Dr. Straub spent nearly a decade as special agent of the Unites States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General. He supervised complex, multi-agency corruption, fraud and misconduct investigations conducted by special agents assigned to New York, New Jersey and New England. He then established the Research and Analysis Unit that developed and administered an agency-wide performance management and accountability system. During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, he received the Award for Public Service from the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York.
Director Straub earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, his Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. John’s University. He has also received training from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and participated in the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. Recently, Director Straub was asked and attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.