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Frank Straub, PhD

Director of Strategic Studies
The Police Foundation
Frank Straub, PhD

Frank G. Straub, Ph.D., is Director of Strategic Studies at the Police Foundation, a non-profit organization that studies ways to improve policing in the United States. Dr. Straub has conducted in-depth studies of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Kalamazoo mass shooting, and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. He is currently leading a review of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Dr. Straub is the project manager for the Averted School Violence database.

He is a 30-year veteran of federal and local law enforcement, having served as the police chief in Spokane, Washington; the Public Safety Director in Indianapolis; the Public Safety Commissioner in White Plains, New York; and the New York City Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Training and Assistant Commissioner for Counter terrorism. He also served as a member of the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force during his tenure with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Dr. Straub is a non-resident fellow at West Point’s Center for Combating Terrorism providing expert advice regarding the domestic law enforcement response to terrorism and acts of mass public violence.

Dr. Straub educates his peers by presenting at conferences  including the Campus Safety Conferences.

Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. He has co-authored a book on performance-based police management, articles on averting school violence, community policing, youth violence and gang prevention.

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