Debra J. Piehl is the analytical specialist for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). In this role she is responsible for providing analytical support and assistance to departments around the country in support of DDACTS as a data-driven, location-based operational philosophy. Debra served for over five years as the Compstat director of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), where she was responsible for supporting analysis-driven operations for crime and 54 crash reductions. She previously served the MSP as an intelligence analyst supervisor in the Commonwealth Fusion Center.
Prior to joining MSP, Debra served as the director of planning and research at the Newton (MA) Police Department. In addition to implementing Compstat at Newton, Debra also served as CALEA accreditation manager and was responsible for maintaining all updated policies and procedures and all grant administration. Debra led the department through two CALEA re-accreditations and was invited to present on various topics at CALEA national conferences. Debra serves on the National Institute of Justice Operations Research Working Group and she is also a member of the Traffic Law Committee of the Traffic Research Board at the National Academies.
Debra is the past president of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts.