Brett Cowell

Brett Cowell received an M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with a minor in Leadership Studies, from Virginia Tech. His areas of interest include police use of force, officer safety, and evidence-based crime policy, and he is particularly passionate about working alongside practitioners to operationalize evidence-based practices.

Brett’s recent work with the 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 body-worn camera recording procedures, 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 has also been heavily involved with the development and management of the Police Foundation’s LEO Near Miss reporting system.

In Brett’s spare time, he is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad in Northern Virginia.


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