Juan Colon is a Senior Consultant with Stewards of Change
Institute. Prior to his role with SOCI, Mr. Colon spearheaded anti-drug
interoperability and innovation initiatives at the New Jersey Fusion Center for
over a decade, helping to make its efforts among the most innovative and
effective in the nation. In early 2018, Colon joined Stewards of Change as a
Senior Consultant after retiring from the executive command of the NJ State
Police and from his position as fusion center commander.
Colon had 28 years of law enforcement experience before his retirement at the
rank of Major. He served in diverse roles during his career. In addition to his
work at the fusion center, he has operated in an undercover capacity, developed
and implemented statewide data projects, and served as a drug policy advisor at
the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Colon also worked in the Office of Drug Addiction Control within the New
Jersey Office of the Attorney General, where he assisted in developing drug
policies and practices to strengthen law enforcement and public health efforts.
He also participated in several state working groups, including the Governor's
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the State Epidemiological Outcomes
Workgroup, and the Core Opioid Workgroup, among others. Meanwhile, he led
efforts at the fusion center to direct and oversee the operations of the Drug
Monitoring Initiative (DMI) to ensure that the information needs of the
Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and various federal, state,
and local law enforcement and public health entities were being fulfilled.
The Office of the US Attorney General, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the
Centers for Disease Control, the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy, the National Governors Association, and the Police Executive Research
Forum have all included his data-collection and analytical methods in their
publications, and they have leveraged Colon’s expertise in this domain to
present at national level conferences and panel discussions.
Colon has primarily dedicated his work to the intelligence tradecraft, most
of which was based at New Jersey’s fusion center. There, in 2005, he was one of
three troopers who implemented the Regional Operations Intelligence Center
(ROIC), where he developed and implemented many of the capabilities for which
the center is now known.
In recognition of his collective efforts, he has received a Congressional
Award, two New Jersey Attorney General’s Awards, and various New Jersey State
Police commendations; in addition, he has been nominated for the distinguished
Trooper of the Year award.