Al has been a police officer for more than 20 years. He has worked in several areas of patrol including: tactical and gang teams, and special operations. He then worked in the Chicago Police Academy where he developed and taught programs for recruit and in-service training. He developed the procedural justice program for the National Initiative for Building Trust and Justice. He has worked as a consultant and instructor for the California Commission on Peace officer Standards and Training (POST), New York Division of Criminal Justice.
Al has been in crisis work since 1990 where he worked as a crisis counselor for at risk youth in an alternative school. Al brought those skills to the Chicago Police Department's Peer Support program in 2003. He has served in every capacity of the peer support program. He has been a peer member, team leader, team leader coordinator, program coordinator, and finally the program manager. As the manager he oversees 200 plus peer members and manages the department's crisis response for officers.
Al has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA in Workplace Learning and Training from St. Xavier University, Chicago.