Ben Gorban

Ben Gorban, M.S.

Senior Project Associate

National Programs Division

Bio

Ben Gorban is a Senior Project Associate who works on incident reviews of public safety responses to mass violence/terrorism attacks and mass demonstrations, school security issues, operational assessments, and other law-enforcement related projects. He has more than nine years of experience supporting national-scope law-enforcement related projects including the provision of technical assistance and policy analysis support on projects related to community policing, and the role of social media in law enforcement, countering violent extremism, cybercrime, school security, and traffic safety. He has worked on projects with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as state and local governments, and law enforcement agencies.

Key Projects

  • Technology Innovation for Public Safety
  • Independent After-Action Reviews of Incident Responses
  • Averted School Violence Database

Publications

Straub, F., Norton,  B., Zeunik, J.,  Meade, B., Gorban, B., Benson R., Iwashita, J., Ley, A., & Johnson, M. (2019, August). Recovering and moving forward: Lessons learned and recommendations following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. National Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Broward-Final-.pdf

Straub, F., Norton,  B., Zeunik, J.,  Meade, B., Gorban, B., Benson R., Iwashita, J., Jennings, C., & Johnson, M. (2019, January). Regional public safety communications in Broward County: A National Police Foundation interim review of the impact of communications systems and processes on the response to the February 14, 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting. National Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Broward-County-Regional-Public-Safety-Communications-Interim-Report.pdf

Gorban, B., & Straub, F. (2019, February). Violence against law enforcement personnel responding to incidents of mass violence: Rethinking foundational principles, training, and equipment to save officers. The Police Chief. https://www.policechiefmagazine.org/violence-against-law-enforcement-personnel-responding-to-incidents-of-mass-violence/

Straub, F., Jennings, C., & Gorban, B. (2018, October). After-action review of the Orlando Fire Department Response to the attack at Pulse nightclub. National Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/after-action-review-of-the-orlando-fire-department-response-to-the-attack-at-pulse-nightclub/

Straub, F., Reuland, M., Norton, B., & Gorban, B. (2018, September). Responding to persons with mental illness and/or emotional distress: An evaluation of the Prince William County Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program. National Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/responding-to-persons-with-mental-illness-and-or-emotional-distress-an-evaluation-of-the-prince-william-county-police-department-crisis-intervention-team-cit-program/

Straub, F., Brown, J., Villaseñor, R., Zeunik, J., Gorban, B., Norton, B., & and Reyes, E. (2018, February). Advancing Charlotte: Assessment of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department response to the September 2016 demonstrations. Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/advancing-charlotte-a-police-foundation-assessment-of-the-charlotte-mecklenburg-police-department-response-to-the-september-2016-demonstrations/

Straub, F., Cambria, J., Castor, J., Gorban, B., Meade, B., Waltemeyer, D., & Zeunik, J. (2017). Rescue, response, and resilience: A critical incident review of the Orlando public safety response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub. Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/rescue-response-and-resilience-a-critical-incident-review-of-the-orlando-public-safety-response-to-the-attack-on-the-pulse-nightclub/

Straub, F., Zeunik, J., & Gorban, B. (2017, May). Responding to the next attack: Lessons learned from the police response to the San Bernardino and Orlando terrorism attacks. CTC Sentinel. https://ctc.usma.edu/lessons-learned-from-the-police-response-to-the-san-bernardino-and-orlando-terrorist-attacks/

Straub, F., Cowell, B., Zeunik, J., & Gorban, B. (2017, April). Managing the response to a mobile mass shooting: A critical incident review of the Kalamazoo, Michigan, public safety response to the February 20, 2016, mass shooting incident. Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PF_Managing-the-Response-to-a-Mobile-Mass-Shooting_5.10.17.pdf

Straub, F., Aden, H., Brown, J., Gorban, B., Monroe, R., & Zeunik, J. (2017). Maintaining First Amendment rights and public safety in North Minneapolis: An after-action assessment of the police response to protests, demonstrations, and occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct. Police Foundation. https://www.policefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Maintaining-First-Amendment-Rights-and-Public-Safety-in-North-Minneapolis.pdf

Areas of Focus

  • Policy analysis
  • Training and technical assistance

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