Lt. Jermaine Harris

Jermaine Harris

Speaking at:

From Chaos to Coordination: Harnessing Innovation in Emergency Response – Keynote from Lt. Jermaine Harris

About this Speaker

Lt. Jermaine Harris

Chicago Police Department

Jermaine Harris is a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He currently serves as a Lieutenant where he develops community-based solutions to violence prevention by collaborating with law enforcement and nonprofit partners. Jermaine is a Chicago native who was born on the city’s West Side where he currently resides. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Jermaine holds pride in his ability to explore nontraditional policing roles. At the heart of his philosophy to positively impact the lives of Chicagoans is a goal to address root causes in violence prevention strategies. Addressing issues of access and equity has yielded positive results in both reducing violence and improving the quality of life for residents in some of the city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.

Jermaine was selected to serve on Mayor Brandon Johnson’s 2023 Public Safety Transition Subcommittee. In 2019 he also served on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transition team for Public Safety and Accountability. He was a working group member of the National Police Foundation Council on Policing Reforms and Race and currently serves as a governor’s appointee to the State of Illinois Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board. Jermaine is a University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy alum, a Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellow, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He was recently named an Eisenhower USA Justice Fellow where he traveled to Ireland and the United Kingdom to explore police and community partnership building. In recognition of the impact he has made in improving safety outcomes, Jermaine was invited to serve as a featured panelist during the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Jermaine has also co-founded two premier community organizations: Chicago Westside Police and Youth Sports Conference, a sports-based youth development program that serves 1,000 youth annually and Community Leadership Fellows, a grassroots leadership development program for emerging leaders of color in Chicago.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University and a Master of Public Safety Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph.