Virgil Young, Jr.

Mr. Young currently serves as the Interim Director of International Programs at the Police Foundation. He assists in managing a multi-year US State Department Grant to increase the number of Mexican criminal justice agencies that are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

After graduating from college, Mr. Young served as a US Marine infantry officer before joining the FBI as a Special Agent to begin his law enforcement career. From 1970 to 1980, he was assigned to the FBI’s Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City Field Offices. In the New York City Field Office, he worked primarily organized crime investigations and then served as a squad supervisor for two years. After being transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC in 1980, he served in supervisory and lower management positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Inspection Division. In 1987, he was named the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond, VA Field Office, which covers three-fourths of Virginia. In 1990, Mr. Young was transferred back to FBIHQ as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service. For the next 3 years, he served as the chief of various sections in the Identification Division and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Throughout that period, he coordinated FBI activities with local, state, and federal criminal justice agency representatives on various national criminal justice advisory boards. During one assignment, he directed a section charged with responsibility for development of the National Crime Information Center 2000 project, the National Fingerprint File of the Interstate Identification Index, and the Felon Identification in Firearms Sales Program, among others. In 1994, Mr. Young was named the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office, whose territory covers the eastern half of Tennessee, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1998. After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Young began consulting on security and law enforcement matters, which has taken him all over the US and to several foreign countries.

Mr. Young became a contract assessor for CALEA in 1998 and was later approved as a team leader. As a contract CALEA Assessment Team Leader, he led assessments of more than 50 law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, and public safety training academies throughout the US as well as in Canada, Mexico and Barbados. He has led 12 CALEA assessments of Mexican agencies. He is also active with the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT) and has used LEACT protocols to conduct more than 40 mock assessments, including 14 mock assessments in Mexico.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Mr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. During his FBI career, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA; the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA; and the FBI’s Executive Development Institute at the FBI Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Long Island University.


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Jennifer Zeunik

Ms. Zeunik provides oversight, leadership, contract/grant, staff and financial management, and product development and quality control for the National Police Foundation’s portfolio of state and local law enforcement projects. Ms. Zeunik has twenty years of public sector and nonprofit project management experience, working closely with all levels of government on policing issues focusing on finding data-driven, evidence-based solutions to policing challenges. She has extensive technical and managerial experience in the field of law enforcement operations and community policing and has overseen several critical incident reviews—including the police response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando (FL) and the terrorist attack in San Benardino (CA) and reviews of police response to protests and demonstrations in Portland (OR), Charlotte (NC) and Minneapolis (MN). In previous roles, Ms. Zeunik served as the Vice President of Programs for the Atlanta Police Foundation, and project manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police where she managed a variety programs funded through a diverse array of sources including federal grants, private funding, and state and municipal contracts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs.


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Trenay Wren-Evans

Trenay Wren-Evans is the Administrative Coordinator for the Police Foundation. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, Trenay worked at the University of Baltimore’s Finance Department as an accounting clerk. She has significant experience in working with vendors, customer service, and accounts receivable. Trenay is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

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Karen Amendola, Ph.D.

Karen L. Amendola has over two decades of experience in public safety research, testing, training, technology, and assessment. With the Police Foundation for over 20 years, Dr. Amendola currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Scientist. Amendola earned both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, as well as an M.A. in Human Resources Management from Webster University. Karen has worked with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies. Dr. Amendola was Associate Editor for Psychology and Law for the ten-volume Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice published by Springer Verlag, New York (2014).

In addition, Dr. Amendola was the lead investigator of a study of eyewitness identification case outcomes. A series of articles on that research and it’s outcomes were publishied in the esteemed Journal of Experimental Criminology (Amendola & Wixted, June, 2015). With her colleagues, Amendola’s recent work “An experimental study of compressed work schedules in policing: advantages and disadvantages of various shift lengths” was also published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology and was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Field Trial by the Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (a synopsis of the Shift Length Experiment is available online).
Dr. Amendola is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Psychological Association, American Society of Criminology, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and served over five years on the Scientific Review Committee of the National Center for Credibility Assessment (at the time called the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute).

Most recently Karen served as Chair of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, and as a member of the research advisory board of the Innocence Project in New York.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Shift scheduling practices
  • Officer Safety, Health, and Wellness
  • Evaluation of Evidence
  • Hiring, Selection, and Promotion
  • Eyewitness Identification Procedures
  • Organizational Culture
  • Applied Psychology in Policing
  • Performance Measurement
  • Psychology and Law

Curriculum Vitae


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Jim Burch

Jim Burch is the President of the National Police Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s efforts to advance policing through innovations in practice and technology.

Jim Burch joined the Police Foundation in early 2015, serving as the Foundation’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Vice President, overseeing the Foundation’s U.S.-based and International efforts to advance policing through the Foundation’s strategic programs, including research projects and training and technical assistance portfolios. Mr. Burch has initiated and led the Foundation’s efforts to identify and promote innovations in policing, including emerging technologies and policy alternatives. As a result of these efforts and others, the Foundation’s organizational capacity and public and private revenues have increased substantially each year, with overall funding revenues more than doubling from 2014 to 2018. During a short tenure as Interim President, Mr. Burch worked together with NPF staff to identify more than $2 million in overall cost savings initiatives, achieved the highest GuideStar Charity Rating of “Platinum”, and was awarded funding for a major enhancement of the NPF’s policing initiatives in Latin America. As a result of these accomplishments, the Foundation has vastly expanded engagement with federal, state and local law enforcement and policymakers and with communities across the Nation, further enabling the Foundation’s mission of advancing policing through innovation and science.

Mr. Burch formerly served for more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, having been appointed to various senior executive and leadership positions. As Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance from 2009-2011, Mr. Burch oversaw the Department of Justice’s largest agencies designed to support state and local law enforcement in the U.S., with a budget exceeding $500 million annually. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) from 2011 through 2013, Mr. Burch served as the highest-ranking civilian in DOJ’s research and funding arm, overseeing all agency operations and management, interfacing with Congress and with Cabinet-level Officials across DOJ and the federal government. As Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from 2014 to 2015, Mr. Burch had responsibility for overseeing ATF’s Public and Governmental Affairs Directorate, including ATF’s Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs, Inter-Governmental Affairs and public records activities. During his federal career, Mr. Burch spearheaded many efforts to advance federal criminal justice and homeland security policy and programs and initiatives designed to support and assist state and local law enforcement. Mr. Burch worked closely with other components of the U.S. Department of Justice during his career, including the Civil Rights Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among others.

Mr. Burch earned a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Burch also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, where he was also inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mr. Burch also serves on the Board of Directors for multiple national organizations, including the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund, the National Public Safety GIS Foundation, and Street Law, Inc., a program dedicated to educating young people about law and government.


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Rob Davis

Robert C. Davis is the Police Foundation’s Chief Social Scientist. He has 30 years of experience in criminal justice research and evaluation, and was the Foundation’s research director from 2003-2006. Davis returned to the Foundation after working as a senior research associate at the Rand Corporation and as research director for the Police Executive Research Forum.

Davis has directed more than 35 projects on victimization, domestic violence, policing, crime prevention, immigration, courts, prosecution, and parolee reentry for federal and state governments, and private foundations. He has led projects with some of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies.

At the Police Executive Research Forum and the Rand Corporation, Davis led research projects spanning areas from victimization to policing to transitional security. Projects included assessing factors that affect the solvability of homicide and sexual assault cold cases, conducting a national evaluation of victim’s rights clinics, identifying successful strategies to promote sustainability of justice reform programs, and creating a leadership training institute for the Dallas Police Department. He completed projects on subjects ranging from a review of international best practices in police performance measurement to an assessment of how to best oversee police in the nation of Liberia.

While research director with the Police Foundation, Davis led a project assessing the preparedness of retail shopping malls to a potential terrorist attack, and a review of the effect of intervention efforts in preventing a repeat of domestic violence.

He was a senior research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York from 1998-2003. He led a project for the New York Police Department that surveyed more than 5,000 citizens each month in order to develop measures of citizen satisfaction with police interactions that could be used to hold precinct commanders accountable for service to the public. An expert in victims’ rights issues, Davis worked in a series of positions serving victims for nearly 20 years at the Vera Institute, for New York City, and for the American Bar Association.

He is the editor of the widely used book Victims of Crime, which is in its fourth edition. He has authored two books on crime prevention, is the editor of six books on crime prevention and victimization, and is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Davis received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin.


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Craig B. Fraser, Ph.D.

Dr. Craig B. Fraser joined the Police Foundation in 2015 with over fifteen years of experience conducting law enforcement management studies. Dr. Fraser previously served as the Director of Management Services for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), from 1994 to July 2015.

Dr. Fraser has managed studies of over 250 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad for police agencies in Texas, California, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New York, Minnesota, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, and, Utah.

Dr. Fraser also has subject matter expertise in police technology, training, and resource allocation. Dr. Fraser has also authored training guides on police resource allocation, staffing and deployment, taught extensively on the topic, and conducted 50 specialized staffing and deployment studies.

Dr. Fraser also held a joint position of Director of Training, Richmond Police Department and Director of the Criminology/Criminal Justice Program, Virginia Union University. Dr. Fraser received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University.

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Kalani Johnson

Kalani Johnson is a Project Associate at the Police Foundation. Kalani is completing her Master’s thesis in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She has worked on a few research projects in areas such as community policing, social class formation, and domestic violence. Kalani’s research interests include social stratification, policing, and victimization.


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Michael Lebron

Michael Lebron is a Research Assistant at the National Police Foundation. Michael graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice and Psychology. His research interests include domestic violence, childhood victimization, police-community interactions, and peer influence.


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Eiryn Renouard

Eiryn Renouard is a Research Assistant at the National Police Foundation. Her research interests include police-community relationships, gender dynamics within police agencies, symbolic interactionism, and masculinity in police culture. She received her B.A. in Sociology, Writing, and Economics from Gonzaga University in 2019. She has worked on a number of projects for other organizations, including a survey assessing nonprofits’ data communication needs and a research piece on behavioral health and resources in the Inland Northwest.


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