The Institute's Fellowship Program

Fellows at the National Policing Institute (the Institute) are current or former members of criminal justice organizations whose knowledge, experience, and skills help support and advance the Institute's mission. Fellows serve on subject-matter working groups, focused on areas aligned with the Institute's strategic priorities, to help ensure the Institute is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the practical needs of law enforcement organizations and practitioners. Fellows work on specific projects, represent the Institute in meetings and conferences, and develop substantive thought pieces and resources to address the pressing issues facing policing. Fellows serve for three-year terms, renewable once by the Institute's president.

Application Process

Individuals interested in serving as an Institute fellow must apply using the Institute’s Fellowship Program application form. Applications must be submitted by June 30th to be considered for selection in calendar year 2023. Application materials submitted outside of this application window, or materials that are incomplete, will not be considered.

Application materials must include:

    1. Letter of interest – this letter should explain why the individual is interested in serving as an Institute fellow and how they envision contributing to the development, implementation, and promotion of evidence-based practices in policing
    2. Two recommendation letters – these letters should explain why the applicant would be a valuable addition to the Institute’s Fellowship Program and highlight any work the applicant has done to develop, implement, or promote evidence-based practices in policing
    3. Current resumé or CV

Applicants to the Institute’s Fellowship Program may be sponsored by an existing Institute fellow and/or an Institute staff member. Sponsorships must take into consideration a candidate’s area(s) of expertise, work quality, experience in implementing and/or advancing evidence-based practices, and availability to meet the expectations of the Fellowship Program.

  1. Qualified applicants with a sponsorship will be required to participate in a virtual interview with Institute staff and/or current Institute fellows.
  2. Qualified applicants without a sponsorship will be required to complete the following:
    1. Submission of one writing sample
      • The writing sample should focus on the development, implementation, and/or promotion of evidence-based practices in policing and/or detail a salient issue in policing that the author is passionate about addressing.
      • The writing sample should be at least 500 words in length.
      • The writing sample should be solely authored by the applicant.
    2. Virtual panel interview with Institute staff members and/or current Institute fellows

For more information about eligibility criteria, the selection process, or program expectations, please review our Fellowship Program governance information.

Current Policing Fellows

Former Fellows

The National Policing Institute recognizes the following individuals for their prior contributions as fellows:

Chief Shon Barnes
Chief Debora Black
Chief Jim Blocker
Chief Rick Braziel
Deputy Director John Buchanan
Chief Mark Chaires, Ph.D.
Major David Dalton
Chief David Dominguez
Director Wes Farmer
Sgt. Matthew Faulk
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Chief Jeffrey Hadley
Chief Mark Helms
Chief Maris Herold
Chief Ronnell Higgins
Director Thomas Hoffman

Commander Kevin Huddle
Chief Keith Humphrey
Chief Eric Jones
Chief Michael Meehan
Bernard Melekian, DPPD
Dan Merkle
Chief Michael Miller
Chief John Perez
Deputy Chief Adrienne Quigley
Chief Cynthia Renaud
Director Eddie Reyes
Dep. Director Ellen Scrivner, Ph.D.
Chief Jennifer Tejada
Chief Walt Tibbet
Commander Rachel Tolber
Dep. Superintendent Dan Wagner

Chief Paul Walters
Lt. William Baskay
Sgt. Roger Callese
Sgt. Roy Davis
Detective Matthew Dotts
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D.
Sgt. David Mason
Sgt. Renee Mitchell
Special Agent Tamirra Robinson
Sgt. Greg Stewart
Sgt. Jose Villanueva, Ph.D.
Sgt. Danny Miller
Detective Chase Wetherington
Detective Sergeant John R. Elliott