MA in Criminology, Law and Society

George Fachner, 2009

George Fachner

George Fachner is a senior program official with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS).  His work focuses on assisting police departments in developing and institutionalizing reforms that build community trust, reduce problematic behavior, and advance community policing.

Mr. Fachner was a member of the Justice, Law and Crime Policy (now Criminology, Law and Society) inaugural graduate cohort and completed his MA in 2009.  His thesis examined police counter-terrorism activities through the lens of competing theories in organizational behavior.  While a graduate student, he worked with Dr. Cynthia Lum on several research projects, including a study of police pursuits and a survey of police counter-terrorism practices.  In 2007, Mr. Fachner was honored as one of first recipients of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Dean's Challenge Fellowship.  He was also awarded a graduate research assistantship with the National Institute of Justice.

Prior to joining DOJ COPS, Mr. Fachner was a researcher with CNA, a not-for-profit analysis and solutions firm.  He authored several winning proposals submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice and helped build the organization's  criminal justice research and technical assistance portfolio.  During his tenure at CNA, he served as subject matter expert, consultant, and researcher to local police agencies and various components of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He was awarded the Safety and Security Innovations Award by CNA's Institute for Public Research in 2013 and in 2015.  His work has been published by the DOJ and covered by national media outlets such as CNN, the Christian Science Monitor, Vice News, and the New York Times.  He has presented on topics of deadly force and police reform at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention, COPS Office Director's Forum, CNA Executive Sessions, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, in addition to academic conferences. 

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