Arlington, VA

CNA Principal Scientist Scott Decker has capped off a distinguished career studying law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice by establishing a scholarship for criminology and criminal justice students at Arizona State University (ASU).

“I have been doing this work for a very long time and have had the opportunity to help improve the quality of justice through data analysis,” said Decker. “However, I consider the Decker Family Scholarship fund one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my career. I hope that students interested in the field can use the scholarship to solidify their career aspirations.”

Decker is a criminologist with over 45 years of experience. At CNA, he serves as a lead on numerous research studies and is a subject matter expert on the Smart Policing Initiative, Body Worn Camera Training and Technical Assistance program, Prosecutors Research Collaborative, and the Project on American Justice.

Decker is an ASU professor emeritus, credited with building the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he served as director until 2014. In 2008, Decker oversaw the creation of ASU’s criminology and criminal justice Ph.D. program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Decker is the 2022 recipient of the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology, recognizing his commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice.