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Lorie Fridell

Lorie Fridell

Dr. Lorie Fridell is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Criminology. Prior to joining USF in August of 2005, she served for six years as the Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Fridell has over 20 years of experience conducting research on law enforcement. Her primary research areas are police use of force and violence against police. She has authored, co-authored or edited books entitled: Police Use of Force: Official Reports, Citizen Complaints and Legal Consequences; Police Vehicles and Firearms: Instruments of Deadly Force; Chief Concerns: Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force; Community Policing: Past, Present and Future. Recent articles and chapters on these and other research topics include "Use-of-Force Policy, Policy Enforcement and Training," "The Impact of Agency Context, Policies and Practices on Violence against Police," "Deadly Force Policy and Practice: The Forces of Change," and "Attracting Females and Racial/Ethnic Minorities to Law Enforcement."

Dr. Fridell is a national expert on racial profiling, or what she calls "racially biased policing." She speaks nationally on this topic and provides consultation and command-level training to law enforcement agencies. Publications on this topic include two books: Racially Biased Policing: A Principled Response and By the Numbers: A Guide for Analyzing Race Data from Vehicle Stops (and the companion guide, Understanding Race Data from Vehicle Stops: A Stakeholder's Guide). A recent chapter is and "Racially Biased Policing: The Law Enforcement Response to the Implicit Black-Crime Association."

Dr. Fridell is a Co-PI on the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded National Police Research Platform, which is a multi-component, multi-method pilot project collecting data on law enforcement personnel and agencies at 30 sites around the United States.  With the subcontract from the prime institution, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr Fridell is supporting three graduate students and 50% of the time of a Post Doc.  Fridell’s team is overseeing the national, longitudinal study of first line supervisors and is charged with implementing all Platform components in the LAPD, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Gulfport PD and St. Pete Beach PD.     

Dr. Fridell has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects funded at close to $8 million; she has brought $1 million in grants/contracts to USF during her first five years on faculty. She taught previously at the University of Nebraska and Florida State University. She has received five university-level teaching awards.