PMR, inc. is a public sector research and management firm, specializing in law enforcement and justice-related projects involving police agencies, police practices and operations. Established in 1992, PMR has provided expert and consulting services to a variety of governmental agencies, including the:
Dr. James Ginger, a former police officer in Evansville, Indiana, is the team’s director. He served as the independent auditor for the successful consent decree entered into by the City of Pittsburgh and the United States Department of Justice, and as the independent monitor for the successful consent decree entered into by the State of New Jersey and the United States Department of Justice. Dr. Ginger also wrote the monitoring methodology for the Los Angeles Police Department monitoring process. He is the CEO of Public Management Resources, and in that capacity—and others—has provided management services consulting to American police departments since 1988.
Mr. Dan Giaquinto, Deputy Monitor
Mr. Giaquinto is a partner at the healthcare law firm of Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann in Bridgewater, New Jersey and Westbury, New York. Prior to joining Kern Augustine, Mr. Giaquinto served as an assistant attorney general and as the Director of the Office of State Police Affairs for the State of New Jersey, coordinating and leading the State’s efforts to implement Sate Police reforms required by the consent decree. Throughout his career, he has also served in the following public sector positions in New Jersey: prosecutor for Mercer County, New Jersey; Municipal Court Judge for the City of Trenton, and Deputy Attorney General in the Major Fraud Section of the NJ Division of Criminal Justice.
Laurie Owens, Director of Operations and Analysis
Ms. Owens is COO of Public Management Resources, and serves as the monitoring team’s Director of Operations and Analysis. As such, she has day-to-day responsibilities to coordinate and facilitate data collection and analysis, schedule project personnel, facilitate data collection, analysis and dissemination, and ensure that team duties and responsibilities are met in a timely manner. Ms. Owens has more than 20 years experience planning, coordinating, implementing, delivering, and evaluating service-delivery and assessment systems in the public sector.
Mr. Phil Coyne, the principal of Coyne Enterprise Solutions LLC, is a recognized specialist in training development and supervision, and the former commander of two New Jersey State Police units (Training Bureau and Office of Professional Standards) critical to that agency’s success in meeting the requirements of the consent decree with NJSP.
Mr. Dan Giaquinto, is a partner at the healthcare law firm of Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann in Bridgewater, New Jersey and Westbury, New York. Prior to joining Kern Augustine, Mr. Giaquinto served as an assistant attorney general and as the Director of the Office of State Police Affairs for the State of New Jersey, coordinating and leading the State’s efforts to implement Sate Police reforms required by the consent decree. Throughout his career, he has also served in the following public sector positions in New Jersey: prosecutor for Mercer County, New Jersey; Municipal Court Judge for the City of Trenton, and Deputy Attorney General in the Major Fraud Section of the NJ Division of Criminal Justice.
Laura L. Kunard, Ph.D. serves as senior research scientist for Justice Programs in CNA Corporation's Safety and Security division where she works on a variety of DOJ initiatives, including police reform. Prior to her position at CNA, Dr. Kunard served as Director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ), situated within the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, which specializes in training and technical assistance for law enforcement as well as projects related to public safety, including homeland security and emergency management. Dr. Kunard was the founding director of the Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice at Adler University in Chicago where she focused on police interactions with people with mental illness as well as explored restorative justice practices. Dr. Kunard is also an experienced researcher, project manager, professor, and police trainer. Dr. Kunard earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Department of Corrections Adult Advisory Board.
Dr. Ray Leal is a tenured Professor of criminal justice at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a long-time resident of Chama, New Mexico. He has consulted extensively in the areas of police-community relations, restorative justice, mediation, and reconciliation. He serves as a member of the advisory board to the chief of police in San Antonio.
Mr. Albert Preik served as the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police consent decree compliance manager from 1997 through 2001, and was instrumental in assisting that agency to achieve compliance with the nation’s first police consent decree. As such, he is familiar compliance methodology management, assessment, and tracking of critical tasks related to compliance.
Stephen Rickman brings an exceptional record of hands-on experience in the management and direction of federal and local government programs and projects and fostering police- community partnerships. He has nearly 25 years of experience in high-level positions in the public safety and community support areas. His public service portfolio includes directing Washington D. C.’s Criminal Justice Statistics Analysis Center, Organizer and Vice Chair of the Washington D.C. Community Prevention Partnership, National President of the Justice Research Statistics Association, Director of the Washington D. C. Emergency Management Agency, Assistant Director for the U. S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, Career Senior Executive Service member for the Department of Justice, Director of the Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program, Readiness Director for the White House Office of Homeland Security( Detail from Department of Justice), Director of Criminal Justice Practice Area for CNA, a non-profit research organization focused on serving public service agencies, and Technical Advisor to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Dr. William M. Toms is an Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Toms earned his doctoral degree in Human Resource Development at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Toms is a retired Major from the New Jersey State Police where he commanded 800 persons in the Intelligence Section as well as the Investigations Branch encompassing the organization's proactive investigative commands, inclusive of the forensic laboratories for the State of New Jersey. Leading up to these assignments, Dr. Toms led the training, internal affairs, inspections and audit functions for the New Jersey State Police. Dr. Toms also served as Interim President of Brookdale Community College, an institution that receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its cyber security efforts. Both of these career experiences provided Dr. Toms with accreditation experience from accrediting bodies such as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). At FDU, Dr. Toms teaches in the graduate programs for homeland security, higher education, and administrative science. Dr. Toms has presented his research at numerous institutions, including Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Toms regularly consults with individuals, groups, and organizations by providing these clients with solutions to a myriad of challenges to effectively and efficiently achieve their goals.
Mr. David Torres, the former Commandant of the New Jersey State Police training academy, and responsible for oversight and maintenance of the State’s compliance efforts in training and training records at the trooper, supervisor and management level during the compliance effort at that agency in response to the consent decree monitored by PMR.
Richard Necelis is a professional consultant, with over 35 years of law enforcement experience, including over 20 of those years working in and supervising police internal affairs issues. Mr. Necelis was a founding member of the NJ State Police Office of Professional Standards and rose to the level of the Executive Officer, from the inception and through the conclusion of the consent decree joined in by the NJSP. As the Chief of Investigators for the Cumberland County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, he oversaw the internal affairs functions of all the municipal police departments within that county. Mr. Necelis holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science and is a FBI National Academy Graduate. Mr. Necelis is recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a certified expert witness in the area of police internal affairs.