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Karen L. Amendola, PhD

Karen L. Amendola is the Chief Behavioral Scientist at the Police Foundation, where she has served in different capacities over the past 20 years. She earned her B.A. at Barat College, an M.A in Human Resources Management at Webster University, and a second M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology) at George Mason University in 1996. Her research interests are in police working hours, personnel selection, decision making among criminal justice professionals in policing and prosecution, ethical culture, and officer safety.

Jim Bueermann, MA

Jim Bueerman was appointed as the fourth Police Foundation President in 2012. He was Chief of the Redlands (CA) Police Department from 1998 to 2011, culminating 33 years with the department. Bueermann has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the George Mason University Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the Hall of Fame at the School of Behavioral Science at California State University, San Bernardino. He served as an Executive Fellow with the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and as a Senior Fellow at George Mason University. He is on the policing advisory boards of Cambridge University and George Mason University. He is a graduate of California State University, the University of Redlands, the FBI National Academy and the California Command College.

Jim Burch, MS

Jim Burch is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Police Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s efforts to advance policing through innovations in practice and technology as well as the Foundation’s strategic programs and management services. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, he served for more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, having been appointed to various senior executive and leadership positions, including Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (2009-2011), Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2011-2014) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (2014-2015). Burch has been nominated to lead cross-agency federal initiatives, and has served as a member of the FBI’s National Academy Advisory Board before leaving federal service in 2015. He has a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Shefali Tripathi, PhD

Shefali Tripathi is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Certified Analyst working as a Crime Analyst at the Gainesville Police Department. Dr. Tripathi is a subject matter expert in crime analysis and crime mapping and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation. Dr. Tripathi works at the interface of law enforcement practice and applied research. She has over 15 years of advanced spatial analysis experience in law enforcement, criminal justice, urban planning and allied fields. She is an adjunct faculty and teaches graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems for criminal justice and public safety. She is a certified Geographic Profiling Analyst. Dr. Tripathi holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.