Jason Potts has over 22 years of law enforcement experience. He is a Captain with the Vallejo Police Department, where he has served for 20 years and currently leads the Department’s Operations Bureau. Jason is also a military Reserve Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and routinely travels to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to assist with the instruction of trauma-informed interviewing techniques to military agents.
He is a strong advocate for evidence-based policing (EBP) and serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP) and is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS alumni. He has completed two randomized controlled trials (RCT) with his department, one testing the effectiveness of automatic license plate readers and the other testing the deterrent effects of flashing police lights on auto burglaries and theft in a high-density shopping center. In addition to the above, Jason conducted a quasi-experiment on theft deterrent strategies during the holiday shopping season where a multitude of interventions was tested.
He has written and presented nationally about his experiences implementing EBP. Jason earned a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California – Irvine. He holds a certificate of completion from the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute of Police #68, 2018. He is currently in the California POST Command College #67.