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Chief (ret.) Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA

Director of Education & Lead Trainer

Brandon del Pozo served 19 years in the NYPD and four as the chief of police of Burlington, Vermont. While at the NYPD, he commanded the 6th and 50th Precincts, as well as units in Internal Affairs, project management, and strategic initiatives, and served on the staff of the police commissioner and chief of department. From 2005 to 2007, he was deployed as the NYPD’s intelligence liaison to the Arab Middle East and India, based out of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. In Burlington, his work included leading the city's response to the opioid overdose crisis, using evidence-based methods that resulted in significant reductions in overdose deaths.

He is currently a policing and public health/addiction researcher at the Miriam Hospital/Brown University, where his research interests include systems-level responses to the nation's overdose crisis and the intersection between policing and public health. He is an executive fellow of the National Police Foundation, and a frequent lecturer on policing and the overdose crisis. He holds a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, an MA in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a BA from Dartmouth, and was the Police Executive Research Forum's 2016 recipient of its Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership.