Jason Potts has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is a Lieutenant with the Vallejo Police Department where he has served for 18 years & currently assigned to the patrol division as a watch commander where he also leads the department’s field training program. His experiences are in drug and gang enforcement – DEA Task Force Oakland, FBI Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, general investigations, SWAT & internal affairs. He is also a military Reserve Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) where he routinely travels to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri to assist with the instruction of trauma-informed interviewing techniques to military agents. He has completed two randomized controlled trials in his department – one testing the effectiveness of automatic license plate readers and the other testing the deterrent effects of code-2 lights on auto burglaries and theft in a high-density shopping center along with a quasi-experiment on theft deterrent strategies during the holiday shopping season.
He is an advocate for evidence-based policing and serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), is a Police Foundation Fellow and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS alumni. Jason earned a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California – Irvine. He holds a certificate of completion from the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute of Police #68-2018.