James R. "Chip" Coldren, Jr., Ph.D.
Center Co-Director


Chip Coldren is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice. Coldren has worked alongside the U.S. Department of Justice and many police departments across the country to study community policing, improve police-community relationships, implement body-worn camera policies and evaluate policing effectiveness. He has assisted police departments in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Spokane and several other cities.

Coldren is a former Criminal Justice professor at Governors State University. He has both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University.


January 22, 2020

James Coldren says, "We always deal with this tension, between rapid movement into implementation, and gradual movement to learning the lessons and refining the system."

Fox17 Nashville: "Body Camera Experts Conclude Trip to Music City, Advising City Leaders on Camera Roll-Out"

January 16, 2020

"Members of the team from the Bureau of Justice Assistance team visiting include leaders in body-worn camera training and technical assistance, including: Dr. James "Chip" Coldren, project director and managing director for justice programs in the safety and security division at public research institution CNA; Charles Stephenson, senior advisor and public safety technologist at CNA; . . . Denise Rodriguez, alternate project manager and senior research scientist at CNA."

Tennessean: "U.S. Department of Justice Task Force to Consult With Nashville Leaders on Body Camera Program Next Week"

May 24, 2019

A just-released report by CNA, SPI: Reflections on 10 Years of Innovation, is an in-depth look at the strategies and innovations police departments across the United States have put into place to reduce crime in rural and urban communities. Read more.

July 23, 2018

Michael Kofman says, “In terms of establishing viable air defenses against opponents with fifth generation aircraft, it's quite clear how Russia is trying to tackle the problem of stealth."

The National Interest: “War in the Sky: Russia's S-400 vs. America's Stealth F-35 and F-22 (Who Wins?)”

June 18, 2018

Anthony Braga, James Coldren, and Denise Rodriguez write, "Our experimental analyses found statistically significant reductions in complaints and officer use of force reports for treatment officers relative to control officers."

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology: "The Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Activity and Police-Citizen Encounters: A Randomized Controlled Trial"

November 30, 2017

James Coldren says, "These results support the position that (body-worn cameras) may de-escalate aggression or have a 'civilizing' effect on the nature of police-citizen encounters."

Las Vegas Review Journal: "Editorial: Study Finds That Metro Officers Wearing Body Cameras Receive Far Fewer Complaints"