Karin Schmerler has been a senior public safety analyst with the Chula Vista (CA) Police Department for 11 years. In this capacity, she has researched a variety of citywide and neighborhood-level crime and disorder problems. Prior to working for the Chula Vista Police Department, she spent five years as a social science analyst at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and seven years as a researcher with the Police Executive Research Forum.
Schmerler is the author of “Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder through Problem-Solving Partnerships,” and co-author of “Primary Data Collection: A Problem-Solving Necessity.” Schmerler wrote the Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Guide “Disorder at Budget Motels” and was a member of the team that won the 2009 Herman Goldstein Award for a project that reduced crime and disorder at Chula Vista motels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University.