Will Werner has built a career on applying data to solve problems, from street crime to climate change. At Decipher, Will helps organizations deploy investigative intelligence to build stronger, more effective teams.
For nine years, Will served the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a planner and analyst. His responsibilities included building analytical methodologies and approaches; reviewing the data; and leveraging the results for efficiency savings, streamlined operations and data quality improvements. His work earned “Planner of the Year” from the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners and a spot on the “40 Under 40” list by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
From there, Will joined the Geospatial Collaborative, an initiative of the University of Missouri-St. Louis created to champion research, innovation and community engagement in the rising field of geospatial intelligence. As the director of the Geospatial Collaborative, Will developed the university’s role in coordinating classified and unclassified geospatial and national security research opportunities and created partnerships with the defense, industry and government sectors. Some of the practical applications addressed by the Geospatial Collaborative included crime, poverty, community outreach and climate change mitigation.
Together, these roles gave Will a deep understanding of the power of data – and the ability to translate it for a wide variety of audiences, from law enforcement to academics to policymakers to citizens. Now, as Decipher’s director of client services, Will draws on this experience to help the firm’s clients use data to create safe, healthy and high-performing workplaces.
In his role at Decipher, Will maintains client relationships, engages in client care and handles day-to-day communications, working to ensure a seamless relationship between the two.
Will earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and technical writing from Missouri State University and his master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also earned a master’s degree in security studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.