Matt Harman


Matt Harman joined PERF as a Research Assistant in August, 2014. Currently a Research Associate, Matt works on several training, outreach, and technical assistance projects for PERF.

Matt helps plan and facilitate PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). He continues to help plan future SMIP sessions as well as provides on-site support during the summer training program in Boston. He assists in the continued development of PERF’s Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training materials and has helped deliver ICAT training to departments across the country. He also helps plan executive level training for the Chicago Police Senior Management and Leadership Development Program.

Matt contributes to PERF’s Sheriff’s Outreach Initiative, works on several of the organization’s Critical Issues in Policing Series projects, and has assisted on 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. He also contributed to the Chicago Collaborative Student Safety Initiative, a partnership between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools aimed at reducing crime in and around Chicago’s public and charter schools.

Matt helps oversee PERF’s National Gun Violence Research Center website and News Clips distribution. He also contributed to projects examining crime gun intelligence centers as a method for investigating gun violence and assisted in providing crime gun intelligence training to Cook County law enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining PERF, Matt was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, assigned to the Seventh District where he helped patrol Anacostia and other Southeast Washington D.C. neighborhoods. Harman 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. Matt attended and graduated from Session 64 of SMIP in July 2016.