Rebecca Benson

Rebecca is a Senior Project Associate with the National Police Foundation providing analysis of local-level law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices. As part of the programs team, Rebecca is involved in the review and analysis of mass violence and mass demonstration critical incidents. She has supported the development and publication of technical reports of incident reviews as well as interactive e-reports specifically for field use. Rebecca has provided technical assistance to agencies on policy and practice as part of collaborative reform projects and agency requested reviews. Using her field experience, Rebecca also advises agencies on data collection and analysis, program development and management, as well as interagency and community collaboration and engagement.

Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, she served as a Crime and Intelligence Analyst with the Los Angeles Police Department, Olympic Division. She provided analytical support to the development of the new division by creating new area boundaries, mapping and documenting community resources, activities and special locations, and analyzing personnel resources and shift schedules. Additionally, Rebecca liaised with the community groups and organizations to support a smooth transition from the previous division. At the new division, Rebecca was responsible for daily crime analysis including mapping and statistical reports, led weekly crime control meetings with Command staff, and developed strategies for crime prevention and deterrence with Command, Detective, and Senior Lead Officers. She coordinated unified responses to community issues with neighboring divisions and bureaus, other local law enforcement agencies, and local community groups. Rebecca also managed divisional CompStat reports and presentations and participated in research, development and testing of systems and processes with the CompStat Division. She received numerous commendations and was awarded Civilian of the Year in 2009.

Prior to her work in Los Angeles and following her graduate work at Northeastern University, Rebecca served the Boston Police Department in a few capacities. As Program Manager in Community and Youth projects in the Office of the Police Commissioner, she managed a successful youth partnership between law enforcement, community partners and the business sector. Concurrently, she was detailed to the Youth Violence Strike Force to assist in the development of the Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) that brought together public safety, community service providers, and faith-based partners. She was heavily involved in the creation of a critical database that facilitated information sharing among project partners. She consulted on policy and organizational development with state and federal LE partners to replicate the program across and beyond the state.

In addition to her current National Police Foundation role, Rebecca is mother to two very active children. This valuable role has further developed her skills in daily preparation and planning, creative resource administration, evaluation, negotiation techniques, and crisis management.


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