Brian Acken

Senior law enforcement policy analyst

Brian Acken


  • AAS, Criminal Justice, Reading Area Community College
  • Pennsylvania State Police Academy
  • IACP Leadership in Police Organizations
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Brian Acken brings 27 years of law-enforcement experience to his role with RTI’s Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience. A retired Pennsylvania State Police major, Acken now studies police technology and data systems, investigative practices, police department transparency, and other current issues in law enforcement.

Mr. Acken’s hands-on experience in investigations, forensics, internal affairs, budgeting, and management inform his work on several of our most significant initiatives in the field of policing research. His current projects include NCS-X, which supports the nationwide transition to NIBRS crime statistics reporting, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, the commercialization of our Calls for Service software, and analysis of videos from police body cameras.

Before joining RTI in 2016, Mr. Acken served as Chief Information Officer of the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, gaining experience in management and labor relations, strategic planning, budgeting, weekly and annual statistical reporting, and open data portals. Previously, as an officer with the Pennsylvania State Police, Mr. Acken worked in a variety of patrol and investigative functions, culminating in a role as a major in the Bureau of Research and Development.

Brian is currently enrolled at Penn State University, and is pursuing a degree in the Computer Science, Security and Risk Analysis program.