Jason Potts is a Lieutenant with the Vallejo Police Department where he has been employed for 17 years. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is a Reserve Military Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). In addition, he is a LEADS Scholar with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
Jason has served in a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Major Case Section, Crime Suppression Unit, Narcotics, DEA Task Force – Oakland, FBI Safe Streets Solano County Violent Gang Task Force Officer, SWAT, FTO Supervisor, FTO, Internal Affairs, and Bike Patrol Sergeant. Jason has routinely been called on as a subject matter expert in drug and gang enforcement.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College, and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine. For the capstone project at UC Irvine, he researched the impact of police video recordings on policing strategies. His further research interests include evidence-based policing, procedural justice – both internally and externally, police data, cognitive interviewing for victims of trauma, and body cameras/license plate readers and the effect they have on policing. He is currently an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, member of California Narcotics Officers Association, California Tactical Officers Association, and California Peace Officers Association. Jason is a founding member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP). He attended SMIP class #68.