The Building Trust and Confidence website was developed as part of the Matrix Demonstration Project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In collaboration with partners at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, colleagues at George Mason University, and Fulbright fellow Victoria Garnett from the Metropolitan Police in London, we are proud to bring you this resource. If you have any suggestions or comments to this website, please send them to Cynthia Lum (clum@gmu.edu) or Christopher Koper (ckoper2@gmu.edu), Principal Investigators of the Matrix Demonstration Projects.

 

PROJECT TEAM

pic-xxxxGregory Brown | Captain, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
Captain Greg Brown has over 23 years in public service, 15 of which have been in high impact leadership and supervisory capacities. He is currently assigned as the Eastern Loudoun Station commander for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Northern Virginia. His primary focus centers on serving the community, leadership, and training.

 

pic-xxxxTor Garnett | Fulbright Fellow
Tor Garnett is a Detective Chief Inspector from New Scotland Yard in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has worked in local policing in both response teams and community teams and as a detective in local investigations, gang crime and drugs. She was a visiting Fulbright Scholar to the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy in 2015 where she helped lead the effort to create the Trust and Confidence website.

 

pic-goodwin Dean Goodwin | Training Coordinator, NVCJTA
Dean Goodwin is a retired deputy chief of police and currently a fulltime in-service training coordinator with the NVCJA. He is the founder and president of Rubicon Group, LLC which provides unique training experiences on a national platform as well as instructional design work. Dean worked with Detective Chief Inspector Garnett in the relevance of content areas and flow as well as conducting a critical final review of the website.

 

pic-griecoJulie Grieco, M.A. | Research Assistant, George Mason University
Julie Grieco is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She received an MA in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in 2009. Her dissertation examines receptivity to research and evidence-based policing in academies.

 

pic-hopsonMark C. Hopson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, George Mason University
Mark Hopson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. His main areas of expertise include critical intercultural communication; the rhetoric of race, culture, and gender; and the communication of violence prevention education.

 

pic-johnsonDevon Johnson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, George Mason University
Devon Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. Her research focuses on punishment preferences and police-citizen relations, with an emphasis on understanding racial and ethnic differences in public opinion.

 

koperChristopher Koper, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, George Mason University
Dr. Christopher S. Koper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and specializes in issues related to firearms, policing, technology, and program evaluation.

 

pic-lumCynthia Lum, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, George Mason University
Dr. Cynthia Lum is Director of the CEBCP and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Matrix Demonstration Project along with Professor Christopher Koper.

 

pic-xxxxWilliam O’Toole | Executive Director, NVCJTA
Director O’Toole has been the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, Virginia since 2006. The NVCJTA is a regional academy that provides law enforcement training to 17 police and sheriff’s agencies. Prior to his academy position, Mr. O’Toole served with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Assistant Chief of Police.

 

pic-williamsJoseph Williams, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Joseph Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University. His research focuses on understanding the cultural and contextual factors and processes that contribute to resilience in economically, socially, and culturally diverse children and adolescents, and their families and communities.