Brett Cowell

Brett Cowell, M.A.

Senior Project Associate

National Programs Division


Brett Cowell is a Senior Project Associate at the National Police Foundation. Brett provides comprehensive project management for a portfolio of national training and technical assistance projects focused on improving officer safety. These projects include the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss reporting system, the only national, non-punitive near miss reporting system for the law enforcement profession, and the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), a BJA-funded program designed to reduce the number of officers injured and killed on the nation’s roadways.

Brett’s past work at the National Police Foundation includes research on officer safety training, police use of force, police foot patrol, public safety use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), crime gun intelligence centers (CGICs), and law enforcement responses to critical incidents.

Brett earned a master’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in Leadership Studies, from Virginia Tech. In his spare time, Brett is a first responder with over seven years of experience at a local volunteer fire department and rescue squad.


Koper, C., Vovak, H., & Cowell, B. (2019). Evaluation of the Milwaukee Police Department’s crime gun intelligence center. Washington, DC: National Police Foundation.

Shinnamon, D.L., & Cowell, B. (2019). Building and managing a successful public safety UAS program: Practical guidance and lessons learned from the early adopters. Washington, DC: National Police Foundation.

Askey, A., Cowell, B., Burch, J., & Stephens, D. (2018). Insights on officer safety from officer-involved shooting and near miss incidents. The Police Chief.

Waltemeyer, D., & Cowell, B. (2018). Leveraging LEO Near Miss to identify training needs and improve officer safety and wellness. IADLEST Newsletter, 29 (1), 29-32.’18%20Nwsltr%20Final.pdf?ver=2018-01-15-111718-453.

Straub, F., Cowell, B., Zeunik, J., & Gorban, B. (2017). Managing the response to a mobile mass shooting: A critical incident review of the Kalamazoo, MI, public safety response to the February 20, 2016 mass shooting incident. Washington, DC: National Police Foundation.

Cowell, B., & Kringen, A. L. (2016). Engaging communities one step at a time: Policing’s tradition of foot patrol as an innovative community engagement strategy. Washington, DC: National Police Foundation.

Police Foundation (2016). When can the police use force – and what happens when they do?

Areas of Focus

  • Federal grant management
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Law enforcement, fire, & EMS roadway operations
  • Tactical/operational safety
  • Emergency medicine

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