PARC's staff and worldwide network of consultants have decades of experience working in and with law enforcement – promoting common-sense solutions and advancing effective, accountable law enforcement.
Merrick Bobb, Executive Director
Merrick J. Bobb is a PARC Partner and Executive Director of its Los Angeles office. Mr. Bobb has consulted for on conducted work in the cities of Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, Oakland, and San Francisco, California; Wallkill, New York; Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico; Mesa, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; New Orleans, Louisiana; and many others. He currently serves as the federal court-appointed monitor overseeing a federal consent decree addressing the Seattle Police Department.
For nearly 22 years, Mr. Bobb served as Special Counsel to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the purpose of monitoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD)–the fourth largest law enforcement agency in the United States. In doing so, he functioned as the first long-term, independent monitor of a law enforcement agency. Mr. Bobb issued some 34 reports that addressed a host of critical issues, including use of force, civilian complaints, internal investigations and reviews of critical incidents, training, supervision, and risk management.
Mr. Bobb served on two blue-ribbon commissions that investigated law enforcement in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident in the early 1990s. He has served as Special Counsel to the Los Angeles Police Commission for the purposes of establishing the first Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Mr. Bobb co-authored a special study of the LAPD five years after the Rodney King incident. In 2005, he was appointed by Chief William Bratton to serve on a Board of Inquiry to examine LAPD SWAT practices.
Before founding PARC, Mr. Bobb, a lawyer, worked at the law firms of Tuttle & Taylor and O'Melveny & Myers. At both firms, he specialized in complex litigation and investigation for public agencies, government, and corporate clients. He also conducted detailed investigations for corporate boards of directors of officers and directors. Mr. Bobb is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and of Darmouth College.
Chief Hassan Aden (ret.) Senior Consultant
Chief Aden is the former Chief of Police of the Greenville Police Department in Greenville, North Carolina. Until late 2015, he was the Director of the Research and Programs Directorate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), where he directly oversaw the day-to-day management of operational programs and research projects aimed at advancing professional police services. He worked for 26 years at the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Virginia, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief there.
Chief Aden is a former commissioner of the governing board of CALEA and has served as a Senior Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation. He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Committee on Law and Justice, working with the world’s top criminologists, economists, and other leading experts on law and justice issues. Among other academic credentials, he holds a Masters of Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC.
Brian Center Senior Consultant
Brian Center is the founder and principal of Center Solutions, a law enforcement consulting team. A lawyer, Mr. Center was a department director in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the nation's fourth-largest law enforcement agency; served as a senior law enforcement expert for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; and has been an executive director of an anti-gang non-profit in South Los Angeles with a mission of building relationships between law enforcement and community members in high-crime neighborhoods.
Mr. Center's work has covered a broad array of issues for both small and large departments. This includes reviewing and editing policies and procedures; analyzing gang strategies; reviewing uses of force and the quality of related internal investigations; assessing the quality of training, advising on organizational management; devising plans to build more trust between officers and the community; assessing a department’s efforts to minimize litigation costs; and assessing the overall efforts of a canine unit.
Mr. Center has been active in a broad array of community activities. He has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a volunteer mediator for the Federal District Court, and as a delegate to the Alliance of Youth Movements, an organization that brought together the State Department, activists, and non-profits from around the world to combat extremism and violence.