BWC TTA Analysts

The Body-worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Analysts are key members of the TTA team and essential to the success of the BWC TTA Program. BWC TTA Analysts work alongside the TTA Leads to hold periodic calls with each site to focus on local site progress developments, discuss BWC implementation and policy issues, respond to TTA issues and requests, and participate in BWC-related events. Analysts are also integral in the development of webinars, podcasts, In-View commentaries, and the facilitation of the annual national meetings. 

Learn more about the TTA Analysts and their time spent in the BWC TTA program through their bios below. 


Amada Bond

Amada Bond is an expert in juvenile justice, community-police engagement, and human trafficking. She is an Associate Research Analyst with CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation, and provides support to criminal justice projects such as Smart Policing Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SPI TTA), Body Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance (BWC TTA), the COPS Managing Bias Training, and an Independent Research Center (IRC) project on data bias. Bond has over a decade of experience working with and examining the issues faced by disenfranchised youth in the court system, and also has experience working in a residential treatment facility, a juvenile detention center, and an inpatient hospital. Prior to joining CNA, Bond was a Project Manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), where she managed several federally funded anti-human trafficking training and technical assistance projects. She also served as a guest editor for an issue of IACP's Police Chief Magazine. Bond has a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Justice and Public Policy from American University School of Public Affairs, a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a B.A. in Juvenile Law and Deviance from Gettysburg College.


Tom Christoff

Tom Christoff, PhD, currently serves on the monitoring teams in Portland, OR and Chicago, IL. Between these two roles, Dr. Christoff has helped develop comprehensive systems for auditing use of force events, mental health crisis response, training, employee information systems, accountability, community engagement, and data management. As a result, Dr. Christoff has extensive experience providing technical assistance in moving police departments towards compliance using a data-driven and evidence-based approach. He has designed methodologies, performed data collection, and analyzed large data sets involving force, arrests, dispatch, community sentiment, and other processes and outcomes. Additionally, these roles have required extensive community engagement, including focus groups, outreach, coordination, and presentation of reports and findings. Dr. Christoff earned his Master's Degree from the University of Memphis and earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Sonali Dawar

Sonali Dawar is a Research Specialist with CNA’s Institute for Public Research. Ms. Dawar supports various projects within CNA’s Safety and Security division including BWC TTA, PSN, project development for CNA's Managing Implicit Bias training, and a staffing analysis for a police department. Ms. Dawar serves as an analyst for these projects where she maintains a detailed knowledge of site initiative and suggests TTA strategies to meet site needs.


Tammy Felix

Tammy Felix has more than 15 years of experience leading strategic, technical assistance to federal, state, and local agencies, focusing on improving their safety and security policies and practices. She’s managed a diverse portfolio of high-profile law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, and domestic terrorism projects that have included operational assessment, capabilities-based planning and analysis, and exercise support and evaluation. This work requires extensive collaboration with agency leadership and staff, formative supervision of a team of researchers and content experts, and careful oversight of subcontractor activities. Ms. Felix currently manages over $3 million in grants and oversees the work of 20 subject matter experts and 4 subcontractors. While at CNA, Ms. Felix has assessed police policy and procedures, reconstructed police critical incidents and large-scale events, developed use of force policies, and produced after-action reports for a number of federal and local law enforcement agencies.


Jennifer Lafferty

Jennifer Lafferty is a Research Scientist with CNA's Institute of Public Research, Safety and Security Division where she supports criminal justice research projects. With almost a decade of legal experience, Ms. Lafferty has vast experience in the criminal justice system including working extensively with law enforcement agencies. Previously, Ms. Lafferty was the Project Director for assessments of local law enforcement agencies including full review of agencies' policies and procedures and staffing and workload. Ms. Lafferty also supports various federally funded training and technical assistance programs including the Justice Reinvestment Initiation (JRI) and BWC TTA. Ms. Lafferty holds a juris doctor from American University, Washington College of Law as well as a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.


Allie Land is an Associate Research Analyst with a background in criminal justice research and evaluation. She works in CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation where she provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies under the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI), the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), and the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC PIP). Land is an experienced researcher with involvement in several nationally funded program evaluations, including NIJ and BJA sponsored programs. Her background in criminal justice research includes process and impact evaluations of crime gun intelligence centers, body-worn cameras, automated license plate readers, and assessments of prosecutor offices. Land has a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Allie Land 


Heleana Melendez

Heleana Melendez is an expert in criminal justice research and policing. She currently serves as an associate research analyst in CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation. Melendez's research interests include social network analysis, violent crime investigations, and cryptomarkets. Prior to joining CNA, Melendez was a research program manager with Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., where she worked on several research projects related to policing and other criminal justice topics. Melendez holds a M.S. in criminology and criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach and a B.A. in psychology and Russian language and literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Russian.


Kaitlin Moloney

Kaitlin Moloney is an Associate Research Analyst with a background in criminal justice research and evaluation. She works in CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation where she provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies under the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), the Crime Analyst in Residence (CAR), and the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC PIP). Ms. Moloney has experience in drug treatment court program evaluation and bail reform/discovery effects In addition to Ms. Moloney’s research background she is also an experience crime analyst working in fusion centers and with direct police departments in New York State. Mrs. Moloney has a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.


Quin Patterson

Quin Patterson is a BWC TTA analyst and a research assistant for Arizona State University. Mr. Patterson has worked as a TTA analyst since 2018, and has both a bachelor's and master's degree in criminology from Arizona State University. His past research has focused on policing, including de-escalation tactics, officer perceptions of body-worn cameras, and the effect of BWCs on officer and citizen behavior.


Gentry Schaffer 

Gentry Schaffer is an accomplished criminologist and former sworn police officer with District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. She has 10 years of experience in research, policy development, program evaluation, data analysis, and project management in law enforcement and criminal justice at the state and federal level. In 2017, Ms. Schaffer was awarded the Medal of Achievement by D.C. Chief of Police, Peter Newsham for her contribution to reducing violent crime in some of the District’s most violent neighborhoods. Ms. Schaffer holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, as well as a graduate degree in Police Administration from Georgetown University Law Center.


Carrie Shelton

Dr. Carrie Shelton is the project manager for the BWC TTA program and has been an analyst for BWC PIP sites in the Southeast US since 2016. She has been with CNA since 2009 and is a Senior Research Scientist for the Safety and Security Division. She has more than 16 years of experience in scientific research and analysis. Her areas of expertise include program and process analysis, evaluation, and improvement; operational research and analysis; exercise and real-world event analysis; data and statistical analysis; systems analysis and engineering; and project management. At CNA, in addition to the BWC TTA project, Dr. Shelton has supported other criminal justice projects, including the PSP and the COPS Microgrants Initiative. For these projects, she works directly with police departments and other law enforcement stakeholders to coordinate TTA and to document lessons learned and best practices related to their efforts. For the PSP, Dr. Shelton helps evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative and the impact it has on the participating cities.


DeAnna Sweeney

DeAnna Sweeney is an expert in criminal justice and mass communication. Miss Sweeney supports various projects within CNA's Safety and Security division, including the Smart Policing Initiative, Precision Policing impacts throughout COVID-19, Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance and the Public Safety Partnership through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. As an Analyst and Research Specialist on these projects, she maintains a detailed knowledge of site initiatives, supports strategic planning, and suggests TTA strategies to meet site needs. She also specializes in outreach work which entails creating the social media material for the SPI twitter and updating the SPI website with new resources and publications. Prior to joining CNA, DeAnna was a Senior Reviewer for ICF where she worked with USAC, a subset of the FCC, to get telecommunications funding approved for medical practices in rural areas. Miss Sweeney has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University where she also minored in Mass Communication. She speaks fluent Patois. 


Madison March

Madison March is an expert in policing issues related to community engagement and use of force. Her past research delved into policing as a tool for capacity building in post-conflict societies, with a focus on public perceptions of legitimacy. She also spent time analyzing department policies on de-escalation and use of force continuums. Before joining CNA, March worked at Hexagon to deliver dispatch and record keeping software for emergency responders in the technology age. March pursued Bachelors degrees in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received a Fullbright Grant to study in the Netherlands and she holds a Masters degree in International Crimes and Conflict from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.