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Jacob Cramer

Jacob Cramer

Senior Policing Researcher


PhD, Political Science, University of Arizona
MA, Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona
BA, International Relations and Political Science, Syracuse University


Jacob Cramer is senior policing researcher at RTI where he analyzes complex and unstandardized policing data from CAD, RMS, and use of force data systems. He has extensive experience conducting social network and quantitative analyses and methods and designing evaluation programs and surveys. Over the course of his career, Dr. Cramer has led multiple national and international studies on effective approaches to policing, and on limiting and responding to illicit activities, violence, and extremism. He is also an expert designing implementations within city-setting, including mitigating and resolving staffing and technological challenges.

Dr. Cramer joined RTI in 2021. He currently serves as the project director for the Cohort of Cities project, which is implementing and evaluating alternative-to-police responses across seven cities in North and South Carolina. He also serves as lead researcher, supporting the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in developing a statewide use of force reporting system and publish interactive dashboard. He supports the National Institute of Justice in its research to understand and advance the Death in Custody Reporting Act.

Before joining RTI, Dr. Cramer served as the analysis administrator for the Tucson Police Department, where he was responsible for creating and leading the Analysis Division.

Dr. Cramer holds several professional memberships and affiliations. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Crime Analysts, and is a National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Fellow.

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