John A. Jackson, M.A.John A. Jackson, M.A. is President of Police Futurists International.
The Society of Police Futurists International (PFI) is an organization of law enforcement practitioners, educators, researchers, private security specialists, technology experts, and other professionals dedicated to improving criminal and social justice through the professionalization of policing. Futures Research (long-range planning and forecasting) is the pivotal discipline that constitutes the philosophical underpinnings of PFI.
The tools and techniques of this field are applied by PFI in order to more accurately anticipate and prepare for the evolution of law enforcement ten, twenty, and even fifty years into the future. Futures Research offers both philosophical and methodological tools to analyze, forecast, and plan in ways rarely seen in policing in the past. The strength of PFI lies in the participation of its members as they engage in dialogue and collaborate on research on the future of the policing profession.
John has been in law enforcement for 12 years and is currently serving as a sergeant in the Houston Police Department. Over that 12 years, he has worked as a criminal intelligence analyst, patrol officer, tactical team officer, financial crimes investigator, and as the supervisor of an early warning unit.
John presently works in a command office responsible for all of the Houston Police Department’s patrol operations. Having obtained a master’s degree in Studies of the Futures, he is a formally trained futurist and has specialized in change management and aspirational leadership. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in political science with specialization in public policy. He is also a veteran of the US Air Force.