Tom Ross

Tom has been an Adjunct Instructor at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) since 2006.  He has taught over 1,000 supervisors of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies both on campus, and across the United States. 

During his 30 year career, he worked his way up through the ranks in the Bolingbrook Illinois Police Department, a diverse suburban community of 76,000 residents located outside Chicago.  Ross was most recently the Public Safety Director.  As the Chief of both the Police & Fire Departments, he was responsible for a staff of 225 and an annual budget of $42 million.

At NUCPS, Tom brings his expertise in a wide range of specialties including Community Policing, Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Strategic Planning.

Tom is currently on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Will County and serves as a mentor for the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program.  

He previously held adjunct instructor positions at Lewis University where he taught Graduate courses in the Criminal Justice program for 14 years, and at the College of DuPage - Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) where he taught basic academy, and in-service management for 13 years.

Tom holds both M.A. ('96) and B.S. ('88) degrees in Criminal Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. 



Decision Making




Critical Incidents

Performance Evaluations

Procedural Justice

Organizational Development 

"My teaching style gives students an opportunity to challenge typical assumptions.  This method is interactive, using a combination of academic theory, hypothetical examples, and real-world case studies to discuss and explore important issues from  many different angles."