Matt Harman


Matt Harman is a Senior Research Associate and manages PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program. Prior to managing SMIP, he worked on the program for six years in several capacities including working directly with the faculty, assisting in the planning stages, and providing on-site support during the training. He also attended and graduated from Session 64 of SMIP in July 2016.

In addition to managing SMIP, Matt has worked on several research, training, and technical assistance projects. He planned and facilitated an executive development training program for Chicago Police Department sergeants and worked on executive level training programs for the Chicago and Baltimore Police Departments. He helped create the Critical Response Toolkit for First Line Supervisors, a COPS Office project, that provides resources for sergeants and their agencies plan, respond, and follow up after critical incidents.

Matt contributes to PERF’s Sheriff’s Outreach Initiative. He also assisted in developing PERF’s Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training materials, worked on several of the organization’s Critical Issues in Policing Series projects, and contributed to several of PERF’s Critical Response Technical Assistance (CRTA) project sites including San Diego, CA, Pasco, WA, Dearborn, MI, San Francisco, CA, and Morton County, ND.

Prior to joining PERF, Matt was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, assigned to the Seventh District where he helped patrolled Anacostia and other Southeast Washington D.C. neighborhoods. Matt holds an M.S. in Criminal Justice – Federal Law Enforcement from St. Joseph’s University, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Business Administration from Temple University.