Dr. Simon Perry is a Professor in the Graduate School at Hebrew University's Institute of Criminology in Jerusalem and Co-Director of the Program in Policing and Homeland Security. Dr. Perry holds a M.A. and PhD. in Criminology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Perry is a retired officer in the Israeli National Police (INP), where he served for 30 years specializing in Intelligence - Gathering and Operations. He also served as head of European Operations of the INP between 1987-1991 and as the INP Police Attaché to the US & Canada between 2003 – 2007 at the rank of Brigadier General. Dr. Perry also served as the Commander of Intelligence and Operational Division of the National Unit for Exposing Severe, International Terror and Organized Crime; Head of Interpol and International Relations; Commander of National Drug and International Operations Unit. He has extensive experience teaching and training intelligence and law enforcement agencies worldwide in the areas of "Policing Terrorism", "Homeland Security", "International Organized Crime" and "Drug Trafficking".
He recently prepared an expert memorandum for the U.S. Department of Justice which was used for the sentencing of suicide bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Dr. Perry is currently writing the chapter on "Strategies and Tactics in Counterterrorism" for the Encyclopedia on Criminology and Criminal Justice a very large international project edited by Springer.
During the years1974-1978 He served in the IDF as a tank officer, head of platoon and deputy head of a company. Dr. Perry received a Military Commendation in 1982 for his service in the war in Lebanon as a reserve tanks officer and was released at the end of his service with the rank of First Lieutenant.
In 1991 he received the "Police Commendation of Excellence in Service in Israeli Police" for his exemplary work in conducting the Israeli Police Intelligence Operations in Europe.
Dr. Perry is married and has three daughters and resides in Jerusalem.