Brett Cowell is a Senior Project Associate at the National Police Foundation. Brett provides comprehensive project management for a portfolio of officer safety-related projects at the Foundation, including the LEO Near Miss officer safety initiative, the first-ever near miss reporting system for law enforcement, and the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), a program funded by BJA under their National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) designed to reduce the number of officers seriously injured and killed on the nation’s roadways.

Brett’s recent work with 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), and crime gun intelligence centers (CGICs), as well as work on the critical incident review of the public safety response to the February 20, 2016, mass shooting incident in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Brett received 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, he is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad in Northern Virginia.


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