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Portrait of David B. Muhlhausen, NIJ Director, and Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General

David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., NIJ Director

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The NIJ Director

The Director is appointed by the President to lead the National Institute of Justice and establish the agency's objectives, guided​ by the needs of the field and the priorities of the ​U.S. Department of Justice.

The current Director, David B. Muhlhausen, was sworn in August 22, 2017.

Follow the NIJ Director through the entries from the "Director's Corner" below or learn about the Office of the Director.

Director's Corner

January 31, 2018 — Learning From Leading Voices in Our New "Notes From the Field" Series

I am excited to announce the launch of the new NIJ publication series “Notes From the Field.” This series of articles will discuss innovative approaches to critical issues affecting police departments across the country. I have asked law enforcement executives and other on-the-ground leaders to share some of the most important lessons they have learned from their years of experience. Learn more about "Notes From the Field."


January 17, 2018 — Proactive Policing — What We Know and What We Don’t Know, Yet

There essentially are two ways to police: reactive and proactive. Reactive policing is epitomized by officers responding to calls-for-service. Proactive policing is getting out in front of events in the hopes of preventing crimes and working with the community to reduce crimes. Read Dr. Muhlhausen's message regarding proactive policing and the recent NAS report Proactive Policing Effects on Crime and Communities.


January 10, 2018 — Improved Officer Safety in 2017 — and Beyond

American law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe, and sometimes they pay the ultimate price. Every year, officers are killed in the line of duty. 2017 saw a decrease of more than 10 percent in line-of-duty deaths, from 143 in 2016 to 128 last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Protecting law enforcement officers is one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s top priorities, and NIJ is committed to funding research that increases officer safety. Read Dr. Muhlhausen's message on officer safety.


December 7, 2017 — Remarks at the Korean Institute of Criminology Forum

Remarks by David B. Muhlhausen given at the Korean Institute of Criminology Forum, December 7, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. Read Director Muhlhausen prepared remarks delivered at the Forum.


November 27, 2017 — The Las Vegas Body-Worn Camera Experiment

Prepared remarks of NIJ Director David B. Muhlhausen delivered at a press event, hosted by CNA, discussing the results of an NIJ-funded research study. Read Director Muhlhausen's prepared remarks on the body-worn camera experiment.


November 15, 2017 — Research at the National Institute of Justice

At the 2017 American Society of Criminology, Director Muhlhausen discusses NIJ's research priorities as he welcomed attendees to the NIJ Day. Read Director Muhlhausen's prepared remarks


November 13, 2017 — Data at Your Fingertips: the National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform

There are a number of adjectives used to describe different types of research — applied, basic, evaluation, operational, and others. During my time as the Director of NIJ, I want to make sure we add “useful” to those descriptors. One project that I am very excited about, and that promises great utility for law enforcement agencies is the National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform. Read Director Muhlhausen's post on the Platform.


October 20, 2017 — Innovative Approaches to Addressing Violent Crime

Director Muhlhausen discussed violent crime at the CNA Executive Session "Innovative Approaches to Addressing Violent Crime." Read his prepared remarks


October 12, 2017 — Spotlight on NIJ Research at International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference

Next week, law enforcement leadership from around the world will attend the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in Philadelphia. On Saturday, October 21, NIJ will host our 4th annual Saturday Session around the theme “What Works and What Matters in Policing.” The session will include three panels bringing together law enforcement and academic experts to discuss officer safety, technology, training, research, and other key issues. Learn more about the Saturday Session.


September 27, 2017 —  CrimeSolutions.gov Has Rated 500 Programs and Counting

It’s important to celebrate milestones, and CrimeSolutions.gov has hit a big one — 500 rated programs. That’s 500 opportunities for the criminal and juvenile justice and victim service practitioners and policymakers we serve to learn about what works, what doesn’t, and what’s promising. Read the director's full message on this milestone.


See a list of past Directors since 1969 and their speeches, remarks, and messages.

Date Modified: January 31, 2018