Michael Vitoroulis serves as NACOLE's Research Fellow, where his primary responsibility is working on a research grant awarded to NACOLE by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office. Upon completion, the grant will result in the publication of a Report on the State of the Field and Best Practices, a Decision-Making Guidebook for Establishing and Strengthening Civilian Oversight, nine in-depth case studies of civilian oversight agencies, and an interactive, web-based directory of civilian oversight agencies and their characteristics. The grant, to be completed in early 2019, will provide comprehensive guidance on civilian oversight of law enforcement for practitioners, law enforcement, community members, and elected officials.
Michael has served as a subject-matter expert and peer reviewer for the COPS office, trained new oversight agencies on the tenets of civilian oversight, and provided technical assistance to jurisdictions looking to improve their oversight models. He has presented at both the 2017 and 2018 annual NACOLE conferences and at the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). His oversight-related research interests include analyzing law enforcement policies, strengthening civilian oversight legislation, and developing methods to evaluate the performance of civilian oversight agencies.
Prior to joining NACOLE, Michael analyzed large-scale datasets for the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America program in Brooklyn, NY. In that capacity, he assembled, analyzed, and mapped data relating to social conditions and well-being for various metropolitan areas and the United States. He has also conducted extensive research on bureaucratic organization, political cooperation, and corruption for both the Department of Economics and Department of Sociology at Sarah Lawrence College.