Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Team
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
John Markovic - Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance
John Markovic joined the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in October of 2016 and assumed oversight of the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Project (BWCPIP). He has managed changes in the direction and scope of the BWCPIP grant program in response to federal legislative priorities and to evolving practices and research. In addition to this role at BJA, he provides support for the National Public Safety Partnership violence reduction initiative, technology forecasting, predictive analytics, and national technology standards development. Prior to BJA, John was a Senior Social Science Analyst for the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), where he managed community policy partnership grants, focusing on projects related to urban violence; crime mapping and analysis; and 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 (IACP), he oversaw national projects assessing civil rights consent decree implementation and geographic information system (GIS) 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 New York State, Brazil, and Colombia. Throughout his career, John has worked collaboratively with a diverse array of police agencies supporting applied research, geospatial analysis, data-sharing, and data-quality improvement projects. John 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.
Rachel Johnston, Ph.D. - Project Manager
Dr. Rachel Johnston is the Deputy Project Manager for the BWC TTA project and a Senior Research Scientist for the Justice Research and Innovation Center at CNA. She has over 20 years of experience in research and analysis and project management. Her areas of expertise include policing organizations and policy, criminal justice systems reform, violence prevention, and justice systems collaboration. In addition to the BWC TTA project, Dr. Johnston supports the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Public Safety Partnership, Strategies for Policing Innovation, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. She works directly with law enforcement agencies and their stakeholders to coordinate and deliver TTA, guide analyses, share and document best practices, and evaluate program effectiveness.
M. Carrie Shelton, Ph.D. - Deputy Project Manager
Dr. Carrie Shelton is the Project Manager for the BWC TTA project and is a Research Scientist for the Safety and Security Division at CNA. She has over 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; delivery of training and technical assistance; exercise and real-world event analysis; data and statistical analysis; systems analysis and engineering; and project management. In addition to the BWC TTA project, Dr. Shelton supports the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) and has supported the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Microgrants Initiative. She works directly with law enforcement agencies and their stakeholders to coordinate and deliver TTA, share and document best practices, and evaluate program effectiveness.
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
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.
Emma Wohl - TTA Resource Coordinator
Emma Wohl is the BWC TTA training and technical assistance resource coordinator for BWC TTA. As the TTA Resource Coordinator, Ms. Wohl directs the management of resources for police departments and develops reports and memos for best practice solutions. Ms. Wohl also helps coordinate webinars, In View Commentaries, and resource development. Ms. Wohl 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.
Jessica Dockstader - Outreach Coordinator
Jessica Dockstader is a BWC TTA analyst and the outreach coordinator for BWC TTA. As an analyst, she works closely with BWC PIP sites to recommend and deliver training and technical assistance resources as they develop their policy and implement their body-worn camera program. She also keeps track of received resources and progress made by the agency throughout the project. She reviews department policy, schedules regular meetings, and facilitates delivery of technical assistance. As the Outreach Coordinator, she edits multimedia and coordinates the development and dissemination of newsletters. Ms. Dockstader also maintains the project website, and regularly drafts and distributes social media materials related to the project.
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 (ASU). He is Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. Dr. White has commented extensively in the media on body-worn cameras (BWCs), including in Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and NPR. He also testified about body-worn cameras before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Dr. White recently completed a multi-site randomized controlled trial testing the impact of police officer body-worn cameras in Tempe, Arizona and Spokane, Washington (funded by Arnold Ventures), and he is currently a co-PI on a National Institute of Justice-funded project evaluating BWCs in a county jail. He is one of the primary authors of the U.S. Department of Justice Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, and he is author of a 2014 U.S. Department of Justice report titled, Police officer body-worn cameras: Assessing the evidence. Dr. White has published numerous articles on police BWCs, and he co-authored Cops, cameras, and crisis: The potential and perils of police body-worn cameras (with Dr. Aili Malm; 2020, New York University Press).
Charles Katz, Ph.D - Senior Advisor
Charles Katz is a Professor and the Watts Endowed Family Chair of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and is Director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety at Arizona State University. His research involves collaborating with agencies to increase their organizational capacity to identify and respond to crime effecting local communities. He currently serves as a research partner to the Phoenix Police Department to evaluate their BJA sponsored projects related to SMART policing and Crime Gun Intelligence. He served as one of two primary authors of the US Department of Justice Body-Worn Camera Toolkit and currently serves as a senior advisor to the Bureau of Justice Assistance on its Body-Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance Team.
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.