Erica Richardson joined the National Police Foundation as a Communications Specialist in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Public Relations, and a minor in Spanish and concentration in Criminal Law and Justice, from the University of Maryland in College Park. While attending UMD, she interned with the Prince George’s County Police Department in the Media Relations Division as well as the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement. In addition to her internships, Erica was selected as a teaching assistant for two upper level courses: News Writing & Reporting II—where she instructed students on writing, multimedia journalism, and blogging—and Criminal Law & Procedure, where she had the opportunity to work directly with a United States federal prosecutor. While at the Foundation, Erica has worked to support a variety of research, technical assistance, and training programs through communications. She is the Editor of the National Police Foundation’s Policing Updates newsletter. Erica has experience in social media & email marketing, blogging, photography, graphic design, and videography. Outside of work, Erica volunteers as an ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) tutor and is passionate about fitness & health.