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Professor Eugene O'Donnell Mentioned in The Economist and Interviewed on CBS News’s 48 Hours

Professor Eugene O’Donnell of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration was mentioned in an article published in The Economist on the federal court case involving the NYPD’s stop, question and frisk policy. O’Donnell was also recently interviewed by about CBS News’s 48 Hours for a segment about the benefits and challenges of using social media and “crowdsourcing” to aid in criminal investigations.

To read The Economist, click here.

To view the CBS/48 Hours segment, click here.

O’Donnell served as a police officer with the New York City Police Department, receiving 14 department awards for outstanding police service. Upon graduation from law school, he was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens District Attorney’s Office. He later served as a senior prosecutor and supervisory prosecutor in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s office. He has also been Director of Intake and Advocacy at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. In 1994, he was law and police studies coordinator for John Jay’s branch campus at the Police Academy in Puerto Rico. For three years he was a trainer in the United States Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academies in Europe and Africa. Professor O’Donnell also assisted with the launch of the NYPD Police Studies program in 2001, which provides college credits to New York City police personnel. He was coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute from 2005 to 2008 (a leadership program for New York State law enforcement executives), is a certified New York state police trainer, has been a police academy instructor, and has taught in the Criminal Investigation Course for NYC detectives. He also teaches in John Jay’s high school program which explains police stop and frisk practices and policies to NYC students. He is a frequent op-ed writer and his pieces have appeared in the New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Legal Times and other publications. He has written textbook chapters on police civilian review and minority-police relationships and is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the United Kingdom’s Bramshill Police College where he researched community justice initiatives. He is Co-Chairperson, with Professor Mark Rosen, of the annual “Criminal Law Update: A Program for Members of the Bar.”