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Meet the LEADS Scholarship Recipients

NIJ's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Program is designed to increase the research capabilities of law enforcement officers and agencies. LEADS scholars are selected in three categories: law enforcement officers, civilians, and academics.

Staci Yutzie

Stacy Yutzie, Ed.D
Manager, Center for Policing Excellence; 2022 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Staci Yutzie is the Center for Policing Excellence (CPE) Manager at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). The CPE was established by the Oregon legislature in 2013 to make policing more effective and efficient by bringing research to practitioners through training and partnerships.

Staci has worked as a civilian in public safety for over twenty years. She currently oversees a number of state programs, including research; academy programming and instructor development; behavioral health training; leadership and research literacy training; equity training; and the technical assistance branch of the Oregon’s Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOP) program.

Staci’s work on academy training earned DPSST the 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Law Enforcement Research award. She co-authored an effectiveness evaluation of the Oregon academy that was published in 2021. Staci has presented on training at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and at the National Symposium on Police Academies and Training.

Her research interests are in police training, training effectiveness, and implementing evidence-based policing practices. Staci holds a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, a master’s degree in Justice Management, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Change and Leadership.

Christopher Bagby

Christopher Bagby
Lieutenant; 2022 NIJ Leads Law Enforcement Officer
Bakersfield Police Department

Christopher Bagby is a Lieutenant for the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) in Bakersfield, California. He currently manages the Department’s Office of Performance and Analysis, which oversees the Department’s Quality Assurance Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, and Wellness Programs. Additionally, he manages the organization’s accountability and oversight programs, reform efforts, policy programs, and organizational improvement projects. He holds current collateral duties as the Covid-19 Resource Team Leader/Infection Control Officer, Terrorism Liaison Team Leader, instructor, and Department’s Use of Force Committee chair. He also works on its Civil Litigation Team. He has been with the BPD since June 2002. 

He joined the BPD and served in various assignments, including Patrol, Motors, Accident Reconstruction, Property Crimes Detectives, Robbery/Homicide Detectives, Headquarters, Investigations, and Patrol Sergeant. He is a graduate of National University with a B.S. in Public Administration and an M.A. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Chris is a 2022 National Institute of Justice’s LEADS Scholar, Secretary of the IACP’s Police Research Advancement Section, and serves on the IACP’s Research Advisory Committee.

Harvey Sham

Harvey Sham
Lieutenant, New York City Police Department; 2022 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
New York City Police Department

Lieutenant Harvey Sham currently works in the Office of Management Analysis and Planning (OMAP) of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). OMAP’s core function is to propose policies, strategies, programs, organizational structures, and staffing analyses to maintain maximum effectiveness of the agency. Lieutenant Sham is assigned to various projects within the unit, including the Department-wide staffing analysis and the agency’s efforts towards accreditation. Prior to working in OMAP, he played an integral role in establishing the Gun Violence Strategies Partnership (GVSP), which has garnered national attention. The GVSP brings every aspect of law enforcement and prosecution to bear on the those who commit serious gun violence in New York City, and leverages timely evidentiary data to aid investigators in open cases and provide leads to proactively combat firearms trafficking. He has also worked in a number of enforcement and specialty commands, including as a detective in the Special Victims Division and an instructor in the Counterterrorism Division.

Lieutenant Sham holds a Master of Criminal Justice in Investigative Techniques with an Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the City University of New York – John Jay College. His hope is to combine data analytics and policy research to properly inform agency executives in vital decision-making processes at all levels.

Ryan Perlongo

Ryan Perlongo, 2022 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Chief of Evidence-Based Training and Innovation; 2022 NIJ LEADS Civilian
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Ryan Perlongo is the Chief of Evidence-Based Training and Innovation for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) within the Office of Public Safety. He is responsible for the overall leadership of the section, which includes supervising the development of the unit’s training, technical assistance, research, and analytical products. This unit also manages interagency projects and provides direct assistance to the state’s flagship Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative. The GIVE Initiative aims to provide comprehensive guidance and support to law enforcement stakeholders, helping them effectively implement, measure, and sustain evidence-based strategies within their respective jurisdictions.

Before joining DCJS, Ryan Perlongo served fifteen years with police departments at the City and State Universities of New York, retiring as Assistant Chief of Police. Currently, Ryan holds National Certified Instructor and National Certification Program Evaluator designations from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).

Ryan holds a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego, is a current Ph.D. candidate at Keiser University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program and was recently selected as a 2023 Policing Fellow by the National Policing Institute.

Natasha Haunsperger

Portrait of Natasha Haunsperger, 2021 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Police Officer, 2021 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Portland Police Bureau

Haunsperger worked with the United Nations International Police Task Force (IPTF) charged with reintegrating war zones back into Croatia proper.  Natasha joined the Portland Police Bureau in 2006, shortly after she had emigrated to Oregon from Croatia.  Her previous experiences with war refugees and conflict resolution ultimately led her to proactively focus and engage with the large multicultural/ethnic communities in the Portland area. After several years working in the Portland Police Criminal Intelligence Unit, Officer Haunsperger was assigned to the Chief’s Office to establish the Office of Community Engagement,  focusing on community mapping and grass-roots justice advocacy. In her current assignment as a community engagement strategist.  Officer Haunsperger is currently working on developing holistic and innovative platforms for onboarding immigrants, refugees, communities of color, and other vulnerable and historically marginalized communities in the process of justice reforms.  

Natasha earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian Literature from Portland State University. She recently completed her Masters of Arts in Security Studies from the Homeland Security and Defense (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Officer Haunsperger also serves as a Commissioner on the Oregon Governor’s Commission for Women. In addition, she engages as an advocate with groups focused on issues of gender, socio-economic justice, and civil and human rights for justice-impacted women, with a particular focus on uplifting the voices of women in the areas of domestic and international security, conflict resolution, and peace-building processes. 

Her areas of research and policy development are focused on foreign-born labor trafficking, threat assessment,  intelligence data collection; labor trafficking as an unconventional national security threat; and public trust-building as a critical infrastructure concept. 

Officer Haunsperger is committed to further academic growth and exchanging innovative ideas and visions critical to addressing emerging security-related threats.  

Henry Wang

Portrait of Henry Wang, 2021 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Director, Quality Assurance Division; 2021 NIJ LEADS Civilian
New York City Police Department

Henry Wang is the Director of the Quality Assurance Division within the Risk Management Bureau (RMB) of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He leads a unit that focuses on research and analytic initiatives to minimize risk to the NYPD.  In addition, Henry has created business intelligence tools which identify, analyze, and monitor risks to the department.  Prior to working with RMB, he was the lead evaluator for the “Co-Response Teams” a joint initiative between the NYPD and New York City Department of Health which paired police officers trained in crisis intervention with social workers to serve community members presenting with mental health or substance use challenges who are at an elevated risk of harm to themselves or others. Henry was instrumental to the development of the data collection instruments and leveraged the data to create predictive models to identify the appropriate services.

Henry holds a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the City University of New York - Hunter College.  He is specifically interested in identifying new methods for risk mitigation, early intervention, and ensuring constitutional policing.  He looks forward to working with fellow LEADS scholars to learn how they are utilizing research to inform police policy and practice.

Nick Petitti

Portrait of Nick Petitti, 2021 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Director of Business Intelligence; 2021 NIJ LEADS Civilian

Mr. Petitti is the Director of Business Intelligence for the Rochester (NY) Police Department. He created and currently manages the department’s Office of Business Intelligence (OBI), a group of diverse data analysts responsible for strategic planning and product development, data analysis, business process improvements, data transparency, and major city projects. The OBI was established to better leverage police data in support of evidence-based decision making. Mr. Petitti oversees the department’s information systems applications, Open Data Portal, records and digital evidence management, and performance reporting. Currently, he is focused on the development of executive-level reporting and analytical capacity, technology integration, and strategic research and evaluation.

From 2009-2013, he ran the Crime Analysis Unit of the Rochester Police Department and was the managing analyst for the Monroe Crime Analysis Center in Monroe County, NY. Mr. Petitti has worked as an analyst since 2004, primarily focusing on issues associated with data governance and operational effectiveness. Mr. Petitti holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Laure Brimbal, Ph.D.

Portrait of Laure Brimbal, 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
Assistant Professor; 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
Texas State University

Dr. Laure Brimbal is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and Law from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to joining the Texas State faculty she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University. Dr. Brimbal’s research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system, specifically examining communication and decision making in law enforcement. Much of her research has focused on interviewing and topics such as rapport building, lie detection, the use of evidence, and how to overcome resistance. Dr. Brimbal has also conducted several training evaluation studies in partnership with local and federal law enforcement agencies. She is currently developing projects to study police communication training more broadly, especially for patrol officers’ interactions with the public, de-escalation, and crisis negotiation situations. She looks forward to further collaborations through the LEADS program and integrating research and practice as a LEADS Academic.

Shawn Hill

Portrait of Shawn Hill, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Commander; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Santa Barbara Police Department

Commander Shawn Hill is a 20-year veteran of the Santa Barbara Police Department. He is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Bureau, and as the assistant SWAT commander. Some of his previous roles include serving in the Chief's Office, the detective bureau, training and recruitment and professional standards. He earned a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University, an M.A. in criminal justice from Arizona State University and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Department of Communication. His research interests include police culture, intergroup processes and their (us versus them) influence on police-public relationships, communication accommodation, intergroup interventions, and overcoming implementation barriers to evidence-based approaches in policing.

Commander Hill currently serves on the community policing committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is a National Policing Institute Executive Fellow and a member of the Training, Education, and Standards (TES) Committee for the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). He most recently co-authored VOICES: a theory driven intervention for improving relationships between police and the public, and co-edited the interdisciplinary, international Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Policing, Communication, and Society.

Stephen K. Talpins, JD

Portrait of Stephen K. Talpins, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Chief Assistant State Attorney; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office

Stephen K. Talpins is a Chief Assistant State Attorney at the Miami-Dade County (Florida) State Attorney’s Office. He reports directly to the State Attorney and participates on the executive and other key teams. He is responsible for supervising the Felony Divisions in Unit IV, Gang Prosecutions Unit, Treatment Courts Unit, Community Outreach Division, and Media Team. He also serves as the office lead on Smart Justice programming.

Mr. Talpins is a nationally recognized author, advocate, and speaker on Smart Justice and other criminal justice related issues. He has worked collaboratively and diplomatically with public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, published dozens of articles, given well over 150 presentations, served on multiple expert panels, and participated on the Boards of three non-profit associations. His efforts have been recognized by numerous organizations and agencies, including Citizens Against Drunk Impaired Drivers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the National Commission Against Drunk Driving. During the past decade, The Century Council identified Mr. Talpins as “One of the 20 People to Watch,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave him a Public Safety Award, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (the office of the United States Drug Czar) named him an Advocate for Action, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognized him as an Ambassador of the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program. Most recently, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) selected him as a member of the 2021 Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program cohort.

Matt Tye

Portrait of Matt Tye, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Assistant Chief; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Madison Police Department

Assistant Chief Matt Tye has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) for over 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern University and a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Field Operations overseeing patrol operations and MPD’s six police districts as well as the K-9 unit, the Special Events Team (crowd management),  and the Mounted Unit. In 2023 Chief Tye had the responsibility of implementing a city wide crime reduction and prevention initiative and response plan utilizing data to better serve the community. He continues to manage this crime reduction and prevention strategy.    

Prior to his current assignment, Chief Tye served as the Captain of Community Outreach where he oversaw the department’s co-responder Mental Health Unit, Addiction Resource Team, and all department outreach engagements and restorative justice initiatives. He has also served as a Patrol Lieutenant, a Detective Lieutenant, Detective and Police Officer. In these roles, he supervised a number of units to include the Special Victims Unit and the SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team.

James Barrett, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Barrett, 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
Director, Clinical Support Unit; 2021 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Cambridge Police Department

Dr. Barrett is the Director of the Clinical Support Unit at the Cambridge Police Department and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is an Associate Clinical Researcher at the Health Equity Research Lab at the Cambridge Health Alliance where he received the Academic Council Award for Excellence. Dr. Barrett is the author and developer of the Fight Navigator curriculum under the Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship from the Harvard Medical School to address retaliatory violence in youth.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the FBI’s Mass Bay Threat Assessment Team. 

Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice and diversion, gang violence, juvenile safety assessment, preventing retaliatory violence, and police-mental health partnerships.  He has contributed to national meetings convened by SAMHSA, the MacArthur Foundation and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He is a contributor to Psychology, Public Policy and the Law, Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services, Translational Issues in Psychological Science, National Youth At-Risk Journal and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals.

David Cefalu

Portrait of  David Cefalu, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Officer; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Wauwatosa Police Department

David Cefalu began his law enforcement career with the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2006. He currently serves in the Personnel and Training Division where he is tasked with analyzing, evaluating, and assessing the recruitment and selection of police officers. He is a 14-year veteran of the department’s Special Response Team and is a Defense and Arrest Tactics and Professional Communications instructor. He has served as an officer in the Patrol Division and also the Special Operations Group where he investigated violent crimes and drug trafficking.

David is also a Major in the Wisconsin Air National Guard with 20 years of service ranging from Security Forces to Command and Control. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration in Management. David holds a Masters of Business Administration in Public Administration from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Troy University. His research interests include personnel recruitment, selection, and retention, ethics, mental health, and reintegration of military veterans.

Bill Walsh

Portrait of Bill Walsh, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Captain; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Voorhees Police Department

Captain Bill Walsh leads the Operations Division of the Voorhees Police Department, which includes both patrol and detectives. He entered public service at the age of 16 as a dispatcher prior to entering the police academy at age 20. Bill holds a master’s degree in administrative science and several graduate certificates, including one in police leadership. His research and program designs were utilized to implement several initiatives including a health and wellness program with automatic wellness visits with a police psychologist, family components, and the formation of a multi-agency peer support team, which he leads. He has collaborated with several universities to develop, evaluate, and enhance initiatives and training programs. In 2019, Bill was recognized by the IACP as a 40 Under 40 awardee for his work in officer health and wellness and community engagement. He has presented at numerous conferences on wellness topics, early intervention systems, field training, and community police academies. Bill has been published on early intervention systems and both community and law enforcement mental health programming. Bill is a subject matter expert for the National Policing Institute, the IACP, and the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center. Bill serves on the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicides. He is currently working towards a second master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

David T. Snively

Portrait of David T. Snively, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Researcher; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Georgia State University

David T. Snively has worked in public safety for 15-years, serving most recently as the Interim Chief of Police in Morrow, Georgia. His tenure includes assignments at several ranks in Brookhaven and Smyrna in Georgia, including functional and supervisory roles in: 911, Uniform Patrol, Traffic and DUI Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Recruiting, Accreditation, Public Information, and Training.

Mr. Snively is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University, where his research centers on officer- and agency-level effects of police accreditation processes, training programs, and education requirements. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University, where he was named the 2016 Outstanding Master’s Scholar of the Year.

Mr. Snively is a Doctoral Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He is also a Georgia POST certified Master Instructor, and holds specialty instructor certifications in Use of Force, Firearms, TASER, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.

James Knoblach

Portrait of James Knoblach, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Lieutenant; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Suffolk County Police Department

Lieutenant James Knoblach has served with the Suffolk County Police Department since 2010 and is currently assigned to the Second Precinct Crime Section as the Commanding Officer. In this role, he oversees three investigative units, an Anti-Crime/Gang unit and two Community Support unit teams. In addition to conducting the vast array of investigations, a focus area of this Section is addressing quality of life concerns for the community and Precinct. His previous assignment was in the Office of the Police Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives Bureau. In this prior role, he managed Department-wide initiatives by evaluating policies, programs, and resources to enhance police services provided to the County. Previously, he was also the Commanding officer and founder of the newly formed Behavioral Health Section. His broad law enforcement experiences include tenure in the Office of the Chief of Patrol, as a patrol supervisor, and as a police officer having served both in patrol and in several specialty commands. He has a proven record in utilizing data systems to enhance operational effectiveness. Lieutenant Knoblach has incubated data-focused initiatives in a variety of law enforcement areas. He holds a B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Information Systems Security, both from James Madison University. He is looking forward to working with fellow LEADS scholars to research and improve the use of police data to enhance policing strategies.

Jennifer Hall

Portrait of Jennifer Hall, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Sergeant, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Louisville Metro Police Department

Jennifer Hall has served the citizens of Louisville for the past 15 years in multiple roles for the Louisville Metro Police Department. She is currently assigned to the Career Development Unit as well as being the Police Training Officer Coordinator, which is part of the LMPD Training Division. Prior to this assignment, Sergeant Hall was a detective in the Crimes Against Children Unit.

She holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University, a MA in Sociology from the University of Louisville, and a PhD in Applied Sociology from the University of Louisville. Her dissertation was a case study that examined the efficacy of a community policing initiative piloted by LMPD, which focused on the interconnectivity between public perception of law enforcement and the police perception of public opinion. Sergeant Hall has ambitions to pursue research that surrounds police training and curriculum reformation, focusing on new officers and their learning, their ability to communicate effectively, and decision-making skills. With a passion for law enforcement training, Sergeant Hall hopes to have an impact on mindset, officer intervention, and police culture.

Janice Iwama, Ph.D.

Portrait of Janice Iwama, 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
Assistant Professor; 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
American University

Janice A. Iwama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University. Dr. Iwama’s primary research lies in exploring the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, and crime. With more than 15 years of research experience, she has worked extensively on projects with federal, state, and local government agencies examining patterns and trends using spatial and temporal analyses to develop a better understanding on the prevalence of crime and victimization given recent demographic, political, and social changes. She has collaborated with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in identifying best practices and providing training to prevent and reduce hate crimes, gun violence, and racial profiling in pedestrian and traffic stops. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals and featured in national news outlets.

Jessica Huff, Ph.D.

Portrait of Jessica Huff, 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
Assistant Professor; 2021 NIJ LEADS Academic
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Jessica Huff is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research revolves around evaluating police programs and policies in order to improve police effectiveness and the equitable administration of justice. She has partnered on several projects with police agencies across the US, including randomized-controlled trials of body-worn cameras, an intelligence approach to gun violence, and violence reduction strategies. She has additionally worked with police agencies to assess and enhance their capacity to identify trends in crime and officer performance in her former role as a Research Associate in the IACP/University of Cincinnati Center for Police Research and Policy and as a Senior Researcher in the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety at Arizona State University. Her research has been funded through sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. She has published in outlets including the Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Experimental Criminology, and Police Quarterly. In addition to teaching statistics and policing in an academic setting, she has also provided professional crime analysis training to police practitioners from ten Caribbean nations funded by the United Nations Development Program.

Scott Mourtgos

Chief Scott Mourtgos
Deputy Chief; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Salt Lake City Police Department

Deputy Chief Scott Mourtgos has nearly two decades of service with the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD). He currently oversees the Field Operations Bureau. Deputy Chief Mourtgos has previously served in patrol, narcotics, community intelligence, investigations, professional standards, and training. He also served as the Intelligence Commander for the SLCPD as a Major Cities Chiefs Association member. Deputy Chief Mourtgos holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Utah. He is also an FBI National Academy graduate. His research interests include public perceptions of use-of-force, investigative techniques in sexual assault cases, and crime deterrence policy. He has published numerous peer-reviewed studies in academic journals, which can be accessed at https://smourtgos.netlify.app/

Victor “Tony” Galladora

Lieutenant Victor “Tony” Galladora
Lieutenant; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Montgomery County Police Department

Lieutenant Victor “Tony” Galladora is a 15 year veteran of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Police and is currently serving as the Executive Officer for the Field Services Bureau Chief. The Field Services Bureau includes the Public Information Division, Special Operations Division, Traffic Division, and Security Services Division. Lt. Galladora is expected to complete a Management Master’s Degree with a Homeland Security Management Specialization from University of Maryland Global Campus in Fall 2020. His research interests include developing operationally significant standardized test methods for sUAS and other technological solutions to solve law enforcement problems. He is looking forward to working with fellow LEADS scholars and academics to research and implement evidence based best practices to improve the quality and efficiency of public safety.

Loren T. Atherley

Loren Atherley
Director of Performance Analytics & Research; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Seattle Police Department

Loren T. Atherley serves as Director of Performance Analytics & Research (PA&R) and the Senior Research Scientist for the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The PA&R Section is a continuation of the department’s internal performance, evaluation and advanced research methods capabilities, developed to demonstrate compliance with a federal Consent Decree. Loren leads a regional research consortium, a national data working group on Analytics & Evidence Based Policing (affiliated with the Major Cities Chiefs Association) and an international research network. In addition, Loren consults across the criminal justice and data sciences, including: statistics and research methods, threat assessment / threat management and violent / aggressive / psychopathic behavior, providing strategic advice to the Chief of Police and the City of Seattle, as well as other local, state and federal agencies. Loren is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Seattle University.

Loren holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University, where he completed a thesis on behavioral profiling and serial sexual homicide, which focused on Gary L. Ridgway, known commonly as the Green River Killer.

Jason Schiess

Jason Schiess
2020 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Durham Police Department

Jason Schiess has worked in the law enforcement profession for 26 years, and currently commands the Analytical Services Division at the Durham (NC) Police Department. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 2001, and graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF) in 2016. Law enforcement experience includes tours of duty at the Port Orange (FL) Police Department, Larimer County (CO) Sheriff’s Officer and Grand County (CO) Sheriff’s Office. Areas of concentration include corrections, uniform patrol, high-liability training, SWAT, crime analysis and intelligence.

Analytical projects include “Operation Bulls Eye,” a multi-year, multi-agency enforcement initiative against violent gun crime in a two square mile area of East Durham, and the “Residential Awareness Program,” which was developed to abate near-repeat residential burglaries. Jason has also served as a data partner with North Carolina Central University as part of the Research Network for Misdemeanor Justice though John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Additional research interests include integrating data across the local criminal justice system, creating a visualization tool to identify evidence-based points of intervention that effectively divert persons who offend from continuing criminality.

Eve Stephens

Eve Stephens, 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Chief; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
University of Texas, Austin, Police Department

Before her position at the University of Texas, Austin, Chief Stephens was a commander  with the Austin Police Department and is currently assigned to the North Central Patrol Bureau. She was the 2nd Asian female to be hired by the department and is the first Asian female to promote to Sergeant , Lieutenant, and also Commander. In her tenure with the department, she has held assignments in patrol, Child Abuse, Internal Affairs, Financial Crimes, Street Narcotics, Staffing, and the Training Academy. While working in Staffing, one of Commander Stephens’ responsibilities was keeping track of the demographics of the department. It was there that she first noticed the number of female officers in the department was below the national average for a major metropolitan area. This set into motion her research on female officers at APD and women in policing in general. In 2018, she created the first Women’s Mentorship Program for female cadets at the Academy and paired with an academic to evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Because of her work on the Mentorship Program, the Texas Police Chiefs Association asked her to participate in a committee to create a state level mentorship program for female officers. Her research passion continues to be women in police work and how to get the numbers up!

William Forrester, III

William A. Forrester III, Ph.D. Photo
Sergeant; 2020 NIJ LEADS Law Enforcement Officer
Memphis Police Department

William Forrester began his law enforcement career with the Memphis Police Department in 2011. He served as a patrol officer at Old Allen Station, Ridgeway Station, and Tillman Station and was a member of the Memphis Police Association’s Contract Negotiating Committee in 2015. In 2017, he was transferred to in the department’s Accreditation and Research Office and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2021. In 2023, he was appointed to be the department’s accreditation manager. William served six years as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. He served for two years on both the commission’s Rules Committee and Informal Hearing Committee. William serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Criminal Justice Program at Saint Leo University and a contributing faculty member in the Public Policy and Administration Ph.D. program at Walden University. At both universities, his primary function is to serve on dissertation committees. In addition, he is a Policing Fellow at the National Police Foundation. William holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Bethel University, a M.S. in Data Analytics from Western Governors University, and a BM in Instrumental Music Education. His interests include officer retention, training, application of data science in law enforcement, and internal disciplinary procedures.

Date Created: April 3, 2020