Brett Cowell

Brett Cowell, M.A.

Program Manager

Training & Technical Assistance Division


Brett Cowell is a Program Manager at the National Policing Institute. Brett provides comprehensive project management for a portfolio of national training and technical assistance projects focused on improving officer safety. These projects include the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss reporting system, the only national, non-punitive near miss reporting system for the law enforcement profession, and the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), a BJA-funded program designed to reduce the number of officers injured and killed on the nation’s roadways.

Brett’s past work at the National Policing Institute includes research on officer safety training, police use of force, police foot patrol, public safety use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), crime gun intelligence centers (CGICs), and law enforcement responses to critical incidents.

Brett earned a master’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in Leadership Studies, from Virginia Tech. In his spare time, Brett is a first responder with over nine years of experience at a volunteer fire and rescue department in Northern Virginia.

Areas of Focus

  • Federal grant management
  • Risk management
  • Law enforcement, fire, & EMS roadway operations
  • Occupational safety

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