Leapodcasts presents Leap into Law Enforcement...Analysis, a TED-Talk Style event introducing students to the world of Law Enforcement Analysts. Current and former analysts will describe many of the great aspects to this profession.
Biographies for the Leap Into Law Enforcement...Analysis event.
Jason Elder is co-creator of LEAPodcasts and the host, editor, and producer for LEAPodcasts podcasts. Jason Elder is a Senior Business Intelligence Developer in the Department of Finance for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was a crime analyst at the Cincinnati PD from 2008-2011 where he analyzed crime at the city-wide level with an emphasis on information management. From 2001 to 2008, he worked for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafﬁcking Area (HIDTA) ofﬁce as an intelligence analyst. He performed ﬁnancial, telephone, and link analyses for the Baltimore PD, FBI, DEA, and ATF HIDTA initiatives. He taught the Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training for the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts from 2005-2011. In 2010, Jason earned membership as a “Certiﬁed Law Enforcement Analyst” from the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and presents annually at the IACA conference. He received his Bachelor of Art in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and his Masters in Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. Podcast Episode: https://www.leapodcasts.com/e/atwje-jason-elder-the-host/
Debra J. Piehl is currently contracted by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) as the Analytical Director for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). In this role Debra works with local, county, state, and federal agencies to improve analysis-driven operations to reduce crime and vehicle crashes. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of place-based strategies and tactics that are consistently monitored, evaluated, and adjusted to achieve intended impact and guard against unintended harm These processes are supported through CompStat-based accountability to ensure effective and timely deployment of resources.
Late in 2014, Debra joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to serve as the senior crime analyst assigned to the Office of Crime Control Strategies, directed by then Chief Dermot Shea. Crime Control Strategies is responsible for all aspects of the weekly NYPD CompStat meetings. Debra was responsible for creating NYPD’s first position of the precinct-level civilian crime analyst. Debra worked with various city offices to create the position, outline the job description, establish standards for three hiring levels and justify a reasonable and competitive salary acceptable to City Hall. She was further responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising the analysts in their roles to support CompStat across the 77 precincts and eight patrol boroughs.
She is intimately aware of the intent, structure, processes, data and technology needs, and culture of an effective CompStat management process, having worked alongside the greatest experts.
Debra also serves as a subject matter expert for The National Police Institute (formerly known as The Police Foundation) and DOJ’s Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) administered by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Through these efforts, she assists in identifying, analyzing, and addressing “high activity hot spots” including violent crime, gun crime, property crime, motor vehicle crashes and disorder and designing, monitoring, and evaluating the police response and the impact of applied strategies and tactics.
Debra previously served for over five years as the first CompStat Director for the Massachusetts State Police and served as a policy analyst for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the District of Columbia, before moving to New York City to join NYPD.
Debra is currently consulting nationally and internationally to support the implementation of crime analysis, analysis-driven operations and CompStat at local, regional, state and federal levels.
Debra is an active member of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and was recently the recipient of the first annual 2019 Bryan Hill IACA Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her efforts to support and mentor crime analysts around the world. She was also presented the International Association of Crime Analysts 2017 President’s Award in recognition of her meritorious contributions to the crime analysis profession. She was also the 2010 and 2003 recipient of the same award from previous IACA presidents. She is past president of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts and is an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), IACP and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Podcast Episode: https://www.leapodcasts.com/e/atwje-deb-piehl-deb-the-city/
Yarisa Walsh has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the private and public sectors in areas that focus on the analysis and prevention of financial crimes, cybercrime, and organized crimes. Yarisa is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional (CCIP). She is also a long-standing member and volunteer of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and has been the recipient of various prestigious awards worldwide. Podcast Episode: https://www.leapodcasts.com/e/yarisa-walsh-the-survivor/
Dr. Pedroza is currently the Crime Intelligence Analyst with the Pflugerville Police Department. Dr. Pedroza has spearheaded the creation of the Gang Intelligence Unit and joint intelligence meetings and operations with surrounding agencies. Dr. Pedroza supports the Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).
Dr. Pedroza started her career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) as a Correctional Officer at the Huntsville Unit in 2012. In 2014, Dr. Pedroza promoted to the Safe Prisons/PREA Manager and Security Threat Group (STG) Officer at the Byrd Unit. In 2017, Dr. Pedroza accepted a position as a Crime Analyst with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) until accepting the position with Pflugerville PD in 2023.
Dr. Pedroza holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and in April 2023 successfully defended her dissertation as a Doctor of Criminal Justice specializing in Homeland Security. Dr. Pedroza is a member of the Texas Gang Investigator’s Association (TGIA), the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigator’s Association (IOMGIA), the International Latino Gang Investigators Association (ILGIA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), and the Texas Law Enforcement Analyst Network (TXLEAN).
Dr. Pedroza currently serves as the TGIA Central Region Director, Position 2, and has coordinated gang trainings and networking within the Central Region, and across the state, since September 2019. Dr. Pedroza also currently serves as the Texas Rep for ILGIA, and the Texas Lonestar Chapter Vice President for IALEIA.Podcast Episode: Coming This Monday!
I have 18 years of law enforcement experience. The quarter of my career I spent as a police officer. The following years I have been a crime analyst beginning at the Houston Police Department Real Time Crime Center. I transitioned to the Gang division working at the Texas Anti Gang Unit (TAG). I have been twice granted the opportunity to present at two IACA conferences. In 2020 I moved to the Sugar Land Police department. In 2021 I became the first black employee to win employee of the year for the Sugar Land Police Department. I am constantly challenging myself and trying to learn new things. After all these years, the highs and the lows, I still love being a crime analyst and have a great passion for law enforcement. Podcast Episode: https://www.leapodcasts.com/e/atwje-michael-jackson-the-due-diligence-analyst/