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Ellen Scrivner Appointed Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice

August 13, 2009, New York, NY -- John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced that Dr. Ellen Scrivner, director of the College’s Leadership Academy and member of the criminal justice doctoral faculty has accepted an appointment as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice.

“While the college will miss Dr. Scrivner, we are honored that a highly regarded member of our college community has been named to such an important position in the Obama Administration. She brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will be invaluable to the National Institute of Justice and the nation,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Scrivner said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to join the Obama Administration and to help advance the agenda of those who value criminal justice research and evidence-based practices. It will be exciting to be part of the team led by Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson who are committed to developing innovative strategies, data-driven reforms, and best practices that will enhance criminal justice throughout the country.”

In accepting Dr. Scrivner’s resignation, President Travis noted, “Ellen is a nationally recognized authority on community policing as well as one of the leading experts on a wide range of policing issues including recruitment, hiring and training.”

As Director of the Leadership Academy, Dr. Scrivner developed the Public Safety CEO Institute, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation to provide leadership training to public safety executives. In addition, she organized and facilitated a series of National Roundtables for the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). These Roundtables examined current and emerging community policing issues that are affecting public safety. Public policy makers, public safety practitioners and academics participated in these Roundtables.

A licensed police psychologist, Dr. Scrivner achieved national recognition as a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice where she studied police use of excessive force. She has consulted to a range of local and Federal law enforcement agencies and to national police groups including the IACP, PERF, and the Police Foundation and served on the Command Staffs of two major urban police departments.

Prior to joining John Jay College, Dr. Ellen Scrivner was the Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Administrative Services, Chicago Police Department where she managed various administrative functions including Personnel, Information Services, Records Management, and Research and Development Divisions as well as a billion dollar budget. While at the Chicago Police Department, she implemented ICLEAR – an information sharing system designed to advance information sharing of critical police information through the state.

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