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Determining what works and what doesn't in law enforcement is frequently supported by limited evidence, which can lead to incorrect conclusions, misspent funds, and ineffective programs. Dr. James “Chip” Coldren, Academic Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice Program at Governors State University, has been tapped to help law enforcement agencies across the nation gather and interpret accurate data on program effectiveness.

Coldren was recently named Project Director for Training and Technical Assistance for the National Smart Policing Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The goal of the Smart Policing Initiative is to build evidence-based, data-driven law enforcement practices that are efficient, effective, and economical. The Bureau of Justice Assistance selected CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides public sector organizations with the tools needed to tackle complex problems, to lead the training and technical assistance associated with the initiative. Coldren is an integral member of CNA’s training and technical assistance team.