Our Clients are Our Credentials


Richard Aborn is President of CAAS LLC. In this role Mr. Aborn advises police departments, criminal justice agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe on both strategic and operational issues. Mr. Aborn has more than 30 years experience in criminal prosecution and litigation, policy development, management and government affairs.

Mr. Aborn maintains a consistent focus on the process of identifying problems, developing strategic responses, and implementing comprehensive, effective solutions for his clients in both the public and private sectors. He advises clients on the design and implementation of compliance and monitoring programs; on the best methodologies to control internal corruption; on evaluating organizational capacity and improving leadership and morale; and by facilitating high level Executive Sessions in which leading members of a professional community are brought together for multi-day, highly structured dialogues with the specific goal of resolving complex, multi-dimensional problems. His approach is unique and frequently involves "silo busting" -- the process of working across outmoded or counterproductive organizational barriers to achieve successful results.

In the public sector, Mr. Aborn works primarily at the inter-governmental level to encourage disparate agencies to work together more effectively. Amongst police departments, criminal justice agencies and prosecutors, this collaboration helps ensure more efficient investigation and prosecution of crimes, and leads to enhanced crime reduction techniques and better community relations.

Mr. Aborn's clients include the Los Angeles Police Department, the Hartford Police Department, the Detroit Police Department, Transport for London, the British Transport Police, Brown University and others. In addition, Mr. Aborn just completed the design and implementation of a monitoring program for a Fortune 250 client.

Prior to founding CAAS, Mr. Aborn served as the senior law enforcement advisor to the Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York in 2001. In that capacity, he developed a comprehensive criminal justice policy for the City of New York that would provide for greater coordination of governmental agencies in order to reduce crime and recidivism; wireless technology for police officers; and increased focus on firearms violence; and the establishment of a "311" program. Although Mr. Aborn's candidate lost the election, Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented the proposed "311" program during his first term as Mayor.

Mr. Aborn's career experience includes service as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's office where he prosecuted major felonies, including homicides. He was President of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), the leading gun control advocacy organization in the United States. In this role, Mr. Aborn was one of the principal strategists behind the passage in 1994 of the landmark Brady Bill and legislation banning assault weapons and large capacity clips. Mr. Aborn has lectured at New York University Law School, debated at the Yale Political Union, and served as a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University as well as a consultant to the Ford Foundation. Mr. Aborn has also frequently lectures in Latin America on improving policing and criminal justice systems as well as building comprehensive solutions to violence.

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

Mr. Aborn also currently serves as President of an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization working to reduce crime and to improve the criminal justice system of New York City, a post he was appointed to in 2005.

Recent Appearances
and Publications

Reducing Recidivism: Best Practices
by Richard Aborn & Sacha Boegem
June 15th 2011
» read the article in English
» read the article in Portugese

Twelfth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Salvador, Brazil, April 12-19, 2011.
Subject matter expert

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Latin American Conference on Ensuring Public Safety Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 8-9, 2011. Justice Ministers, Public Safety Secretaries and Executive Policing Officials from across Latin America.
Specialist presenter on Public Safety, Corruption, Drug and Arms Trafficking

1st SISAM - International Seminar for the Security of the Amazon - organized by ADEPOL - Police Chiefs Association of Brazil Manaus, Brazil, August 17-19, 2011
Specialist presenter: Public Safety and Municipal Governments; reform of policing and criminal justice in the United States

International Seminar on the Repression of Organized Crime - Justice Department, Federal Police Of Brazil Iguassu Falls, Brazil, November 22-23, 2011
Specialist presenter: Illegal Gun Trafficking in Latin America

Inter-American Defense College Washington DC, December 6, 2011
Specialist presenter: Accounting for the decline in Crime in the United States; changing policing and criminal justice