Phil E. Keith has more than forty-seven years of experience in the fields of criminal justice, public safety, and business administration. He has held numerous high level policy making positions in law enforcement, public safety, and emergency management preparedness. He has thirty-four years in active law enforcement service, with nearly seventeen years as Chief of Police for the Knoxville, Tennessee Police Department.
He gained major policy development experience through his membership on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, as a policy advisor to the Tennessee Municipal Advisory Service, as Commissioner of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, as a member of the Senior Advisory Council for Homeland Security from its inception until 2008, and as a participant in the development of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as numerous other state and national policy advisory groups.
Mr. Keith served as the principal project director for the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which is an association of the largest police agencies in North America. He has influenced policy development and implementation in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories on a variety of law enforcement issues. He participated in the U.S. Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Ethics Task Force and other federal working groups designated to implement significant change in policing in America. His experience in operational studies and activities include conducting more than fifteen trauma-based victims' roundtables for the U.S. Department of Justice and conducting numerous patrol staffing studies in large and small agencies including Los Angeles, Charlotte, Del Ray Beach, and many others. He served as the principal author for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative and published numerous other articles and technical reports. Mr. Keith has also performed more than 150 organizational assessments for law enforcement agencies, and conducted the first national survey of best practices and staffing for the U.S. Fire Administration. Mr. Keith earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice and business administration from East Tennessee State University, and an M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee.