Denise Rodriguez
Research Scientist


Denise Rodriguez is a leading expert on the criminal justice system, law enforcement and community-based policing. Throughout her career, she has developed extensive experience in police procedures and policies, protocol development and assessment.

Her research at CNA has resulted in recommendations to local governments on police-force tactics, accountability, public transparency and organizational reform. She has evaluated specific incidents in Tampa, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Spokane and other cities across the nation, reviewing departmental policy and procedures against national standards and best practices.

Rodriguez holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Mary's University, Texas.


March 25, 2019

Denise Rodriguez says, "The community is key. The changes cannot be sustainable if the community isn't part of the process."

The Post and Courier: "Want to Have a Say in Charleston's Police Racial Bias Audit? Here's How."

December 13, 2018

Denise Rodriguez says, “In total, we currently work with over 340 police agencies on a number of other policing issues (i.e. violent crime reduction, body-worn camera technology, precision policing, police-research partnerships, critical incident review).”

Charleston City Paper: “Virginia Firm Likely to Get $159,000 Contract to Study Racial Bias in the Charleston Police Department”

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"

April 24, 2018

Denise Rodriguez says, "Sometimes officers put themselves in a position where they have no other choice but to use force."

The New York Times: "When Toronto Suspect Said 'Kill Me,' an Officer Put Away His Gun"

April 3, 2017

CNA Safety and Security publishes CNA Executive Session on Policing: Officer Safety and Wellness by CNA analysts Dominique Burton and Denise Rodriguez