Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical AssistanceTeam
The Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance team includes staff from BJA, CNA, Arizona State University (ASU) and Justice & Security Strategies (JSS).
BJA Project Staff
Kristen Mahoney - Deputy Director for Policy, BJA
Kristen Mahoney was sworn in as the new BJA Deputy Director for Policy on July 9, 2012. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for the State of Maryland and as President of the National Criminal Justice Association. She is a longtime friend of BJA and a champion of state, local, and tribal efforts to improve criminal justice in communities across the country. She brings tremendous knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to her new position. Ms. Mahoney has also worked with staff in BJA’s Programs, Planning, and Policy Offices for a number of years, and she understands the importance of BJA’s work to the communities we serve. She has also served as Chief of the Technical Services Division of the Baltimore Police Department, as a Senior Policy Advisor in the COPS Office, and as the State Administrative Agent for Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds for many years.
John Markovic - BWC Policy Advisor, BJA
Mr. Markovic is a member of the Justice Information Sharing Team (JIST) for the BJA Policy Office. Mr. Markovic has broad experience in applied research, crime analysis and mapping, public health approaches to violence, data integration, and information policy development in criminal justice settings. Mr. Markovic’s portfolio at BJA includes the Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Program, site support for the National Public Safety Partnership, technology forecasting, and national standards development. Prior to BJA, Mr. Markovic was a Senior Social Science Analyst for the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), where his work focused on projects related to urban violence and on police communications and interoperability. Previous career work focused on development of justice information systems and applied criminal justice research. As a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he oversaw national project assessing civil rights consent decree implementation and geographic information system development. While working for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, he managed development of an early prototype web-based cross-jurisdictional crime mapping for New York State and provided training on crime mapping and analysis in Brazil and Colombia. Earlier in his career, while with the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, Mr. Markovic was responsible for collection and analysis of agency record data to support a large scale social science project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Northern Illinois University and Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
BJA Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Partner: CNA Project Staff
James "Chip" Coldren, Ph.D - Project Director
Dr. James R. “Chip” Coldren, Jr., is the Project Director on BWC TTA and is a Managing Director for the Safety and Security Division at CNA Corporation. He has more than 35 years of experience with research; program and policy evaluation; policy development; advocacy; development, coordination, and delivery of training and technical assistance; and justice system reform. In addition to serving as the Project Director on BWC TTA, Dr. Coldren is also the National Project Director for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Strategies for Policing Innovation program and BJA National Public Safety Partnership. He also serves as Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Justice–funded research projects: a national study of equipment modalities and correctional officer safety, and a randomized experiment with body-worn cameras in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Denise Rodriguez - Project Manager
Denise Rodriguez is a Research Scientist at CNA, and serves as the Project Manager on BWC TTA. She has been with CNA for over seven years and has managed a number of projects, conducted assessments of police policy and procedures relating to police use of force, reconstructed police critical incidents and large-scale events, developed use of force policies, and developed law enforcement specific after action reports for a number of federal and local-level law enforcement agencies. Ms. Rodriguez has led, analyzed, and provided research support on police involved critical incidents and collaborative reform initiatives for the Tampa, FL Police Department, Baltimore, MD Police Department, the Las Vegas, NV Metropolitan Police Department, the Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Spokane, WA Police Department, and the Fayetteville, NC Police Department. Ms. Rodriguez also manages CNA’s National Institute of Justice study on the impact of body worn cameras (BWC) in the Las Vegas, NV Metropolitan Police Department.
Tom Woodmansee - Senior Advisor
Tom Woodmansee is a Senior Advisor at CNA, working on BWC TTA. Prior to joining CNA, he worked for the Madison, WI Police Department for 25 years.Mr. Woodmansee's experience includes: Patrol Officer, Undercover Narcotics Officer, and 13-years as a Detective. He also served on the SWAT team as a tactical operator, later as a Negotiator and then a Commander and oversaw the police Academy and several specialized investigative units. Mr. Woodmansee has worked with many agencies around the country on a variety of projects and systems improvements through BJA Strategies for Policing Innovation program and BJA National Public Safety Partnership.
Charles Stephenson - Senior Advisor
Charles Stephenson is a senior advisor for the BWC TTA and is currently a public safety technologist for CNA. For the past 15 years, he has assisted public safety agencies in addressing their technology needs and challenges while supporting the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance along with various Office of Justice Programs such as the National Institute of Justice and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Centers. Some of his more notable work has involved the implementation of body-worn cameras, the use of situational awareness tools, the development of dynamic open architecture radios, gunshot detection technologies, and methods to combat the illicit use of cell phones in correctional facilities. Mr. Stephenson is a retired Army Officer who served in the Signal and Ordnance Corps. Mr. Stephenson holds an MBA in project management from Columbia Southern University and a BS Degree from the University of Maryland.
Elliot Harkavy - BWC TTA Technology Advisor, CNA
Elliot Harkavy has nearly 30 years’ experience in homeland security, strategic planning, market strategy, competitive intelligence, IT planning and operations improvement. Mr. Harkavy spent 4 years with the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (MWCOG) coordinating law enforcement across the National Capital Region (NCR) and 8 years with the Department of Homeland Security as part of FEMA’s Operations directorate and Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. In his capacity with MWCOG, he worked with over 1700 public safety officials across the NCR to identify, plan for, respond to and recover from public safety threats. He convened over 27 regional public safety committees, subcommittees and working groups, including the Regional Police Chiefs and Corrections Chiefs Committees and subcommittees addressing training, special operations units, technologies, including Communications, Body Worn Cameras, Drones and numerous other issues central to modern law enforcement.
Samantha Rhinerson - TTA Resource Coordinator
Samantha Rhinerson is the training and technical assistance resource coordinator for BWC TTA. She directs the management of resources for police departments and develops reports and memos for best practice solutions. Ms. Rhinerson also helps coordinate webinars, In View Commentaries, and resource development. Ms. Rhinerson works with over 20 subject experts in conducting regular status calls and provides TTA tracking support for the client. She also ensures that all requirements for the grant program are met in a timely manner. She works with the project manager to develop resources on a national scale.
CNA's Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Partner: ASU Project Staff
Michael White, Ph.D - Co- Director
Dr. Michael D. White serves as the Co-Director on BWC TTA and is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. He is also a Senior Diagnostic Specialist for the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center and a Senior Subject Expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Strategies for Policing Innovation program. Dr. White has commented extensively in the media on police issues, especially body-worn cameras, including in Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, NPR, and MSNBC. He also testified about body-worn cameras before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Dr. White is currently conducting a multi-site randomized controlled trial testing the impact of police officer body-worn cameras in Tempe, Arizona and Spokane, Washington (funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation). He is one of the primary authors of the U.S. Department of Justice Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, and he is author of a U.S. Department of Justice report titled, Police officer body-worn cameras: Assessing the evidence.
Charles Katz, Ph.D - Senior Advisor
Dr. Charles Katz serves as a Senior Advisor on BWC TTA and is the Watts Family Director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety and is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 1997 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Much of his research focuses on gangs and strategic responses to community gang problems. Currently, Dr. Katz is involved in a locally funded project interviewing recently booked arrestees in Maricopa County, Arizona. The research aims to understand the scope and nature of the county’s gang problem, organizational structure of gangs, and the connection between crime, drug use, and gangs. He is also working with the Organization of American States (OAS) to understand the gang problem in the Caribbean and develop a regionally-based gang prevention program. Additionally, he is currently working on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security examining the connection between MS13 in El Salvador and the United States, and is a partner in The National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
CNA's Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Partner: JSS Project Staff
Craig Uchida, Ph.D - Senior Advisor
Dr. Uchida serves as a Senior Advisor on BWC TTA and is President of Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., Dr. Craig D. Uchida is responsible for locating funding streams, negotiating contracts, directing projects, leading and managing staff, and ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget. He has expertise in management and operations, and training and education, and has substantive knowledge in law enforcement, homeland security, criminal justice, and public health issues. He provides direct assistance to clients through training and technical assistance, developing and implementing research and evaluation plans, and assisting in implementing change within organizations.
Shellie Solomon - Senior Advisor
Ms. Solomon serves as a Senior Advisor on BWC TTA and is Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., Ms.Solomon conducts survey research, and writes research and policy reports. She coordinates technology development and implementation, and employs geographic information systems and advanced spatial analysis and modeling to conduct research, evaluations, and strategic planning efforts to examine relationships between, and concentrations of, spatial and temporal data. Ms. Solomon creates relational databases, completes data analysis, and develops graphical information. She develops marketing presentation materials including brochures, websites, articles, and slide presentations, as well as assists with strategic thinking and planning efforts based upon the information developed from data analysis.