I spent 23 years in policing and now I'm a postdoctoral researcher on the consequences of substance use and addiction at Rhode Island's Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. My interests include studying systems-level approaches to delivering substance use treatment services, overcoming the stigmas that obstruct evidence-based responses to the nation's opioid crisis, and confronting our terrible overdose epidemic in rapid, effective ways that limit its spread.
I believe improving the quality of American policing lies in using the goals, methods and metrics of public health to shape and guide its responses to both crime and non-criminal risk behaviors. My interest in these lines of inquiry was formed by my experiences in policing, starting as a patrol officer in the NYPD and culminating as the chief of police of Burlington, Vermont. My work also afforded me the opportunity to engage with several important public policy issues along the way.
The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
(forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2022)
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Brandon del Pozo served 19 years in the NYPD and four as the chief of police of Burlington, Vermont. While at the NYPD, he commanded the 6th and 50th Precincts, as well as units in Internal Affairs, project management, and strategic initiatives, and served on the staff of the police commissioner and chief of department. From 2005 to 2007, he was deployed as the NYPD’s intelligence liaison to the Arab Middle East and India, based out of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. In Burlington, his work included leading the city's response to the opioid overdose crisis, and helping develop and drive national innovations in the use of force. His present research interests include systems-level responses to the nation's overdose crisis, especially through the use of agonist medications, and the intersection between policing and public health.
Del Pozo was born in Brooklyn, New York, and began his police career in 1997 on patrol in the 67th Precinct, in East Flatbush. He was the Police Executive Research Forum's 2016 recipient of its Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership.