Policing Fellows

Corporal Joshua Young (Ret.)

Joshua Young is a national consultant specializing in Criminal Justice Transformations in mid-sized and large Police Organizations. Josh advises on a broad range of services and capabilities, including developing and implementing innovative, cost-efficient strategies to achieve a more customer-focused, data-driven, and proactive organization.

Prior to consulting, Josh served as a member of the Ventura Police Department’s SWAT team and Detective Bureau. He retired as a police Corporal after 12 years of service.

While an active duty police officer, Josh was the first line-level officer to successfully integrate a major randomized controlled trial (RCT) within a police organization. The RCT provided empirical answers around body cameras and their causal relationship on prosecution outcomes and the speed of prosecution. Additionally, Josh developed training curriculum now modeled by numerous agencies in three countries.

Josh is a founding member and Vice-President of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), a non-profit organization designed to support research-based strategies. Within the ASEBP, Josh oversees stakeholder engagement, organizational branding & visioning, and strategic planning.

Josh is an internationally recognized speaker on evidence-based practices and body-worn cameras. Josh is a Fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. and LEADS scholar with the National Institute of Justice.

Josh has a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge.

Sergeant Frank P. Tona

Frank P. Tona is currently a Sergeant with the Charles County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office where he’s worked since 2002. He is currently assigned to his department’s Patrol Division and has collateral duties as a Hostage Negotiator and Crime Scene Processor. He began his career in the Patrol Division and was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division. While assigned as a Criminal Investigator, he worked cases in the Financial Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. In late 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and in early 2012, he was transferred back to the Patrol Division. In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Frank has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Brockport in Criminal Justice and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Norwich University. He is presently a Board Member with the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigator’s Association, and served as Vice President of his department’s labor union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 from 2007 to 2013. He has professional affiliations with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Identification, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Frank is adjunct faculty member at Norwich University, University of Maryland-University College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He’s been affiliated with the Police Foundation since 2013.

He can be reached at tonap@ccso.us

Lieutenant Stuart Greer

Stuart Greer is a Lieutenant with the Morristown (NJ) Police Department. His emergency services career began as an Emergency Medical Technician in the cities of Irvington and Newark before being selected for appointment as a Police Officer in 1998. During his time in uniform, he worked through every assignment in the Patrol Division including a foot post, bicycle patrol, traffic safety unit, and as a field-training officer. He was selected for assignment to the Criminal Investigations Unit in 2006 and worked as a general case Detective. Following his assignment to a Detective Squad, he was promoted and transferred to the Services Division. As a Sergeant, he was responsible for Police Records and OPRA, Property & Evidence, Firearms and Cellblock Management and was tasked to manage various projects including a complex transfer from a local to a regional public safety dispatch model.

In his current assignment, Lieutenant Greer serves as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigations Unit with direct responsibility for managing all Detectives, the Anti-Crime Unit, and the Property & Evidence Unit. In addition, he serves as Public Information Officer, Training Coordinator, and as an Internal Affairs Supervisor.

Lieutenant Greer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies from the College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, NJ), a Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge (UK), and is currently working towards a Master of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. As part of his graduate research, he conducted an experimental trial to test the effectiveness of checklists in initial responses to burglary investigations.  He is a New Jersey Police Training Commission certified instructor, teaching numerous in-service courses to both recruits and sworn officers, and has traveled around the U.S. teaching evidence-based approaches to reducing homicide and gun violence to Police Commanders.

In 2015, Lieutenant Greer joined with several other Police Foundation Fellows to launch the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, serving as a voice for change from within the policing community.

Lieutenant Greer is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Society for Evidence Based Policing (UK), American Society of Criminology and the Morris County Detectives Association.  More importantly, he is a proud member of the Tartan Army and follows Scotland as they continue their way to world football domination (decidedly not based upon evidence).

Sergeant Renée J. Mitchell

Renée J. Mitchell has served in the Sacramento Police Department for nineteen years and is currently a Police Sergeant. While other people golf, fish, or hunt, Renee goes to school. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento, a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

She was the 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow, where she attended the University of Cambridge Police Executive Program and completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. She is the President of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. You can find her TEDx talks “Research not protests” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop” (featured below) where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She is a Police Foundation Fellow, a member of the George Mason Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.


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