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Cynthia Herriott


Cynthia Herriott is a Law Enforcement Expert with years of experience in the field of Criminal Justice – driven community problem-solving.    She serves as chair of Unite Rochester Justice Engagement, an initiative that examines the existence of racial disparity in the criminal justice process. She is also chair of the Community Crisis Response Team Project, an initiative that dispatches a team of professionals during incidents of community unrest. She has conducted state – wide assessments of probation protocols for dealing with the state’s addiction population.  She is the former Deputy Director of the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) in Metro Washington, D.C.  She is also a former Police Patrol Lieutenant for the City of Rochester, NY and has years of experience in law enforcement.  She served as a Departmental Liaison to the Rochester NY Drug Treatment Court.  She worked with the Rochester Psychiatric Center and the University Of Rochester Department Of Psychiatry to develop a Memorandum of Agreement which outlined the response of police officers to area mental health facilities.  She has worked with court systems and law enforcement around the United States, and internationally, assisting both with working together more effectively.  She developed a National Law Enforcement Taskforce, which was formed to support law enforcement executives in developing effective criminal justice policy and operating procedures.  She developed the concept for NDCI’s Law Enforcement Curriculum.  She served as the National Association of Drug Court Professional’s Project Director for the Community Oriented Policing grant’s “Police Chiefs, Sheriffs and Drug Courts” Monograph and designed the format.  She served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and is the former Chair of Audit and Review.  She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and serves on the Diversity Committee.  She is a member of the National Sheriffs Association and serves on the Government Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Committees.  She is also a member of the Native American Law Enforcement Officers Association. She served as a member of the Federal Department of Homeland Security’s State and Local Law Enforcement Training Advisory Committee, an organization that selects the training curriculum for law enforcement agencies around the country.  She is a Trainer and holds a Master of Science Degree.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Evidence-based approaches to crime
  2. Ethics in law enforcement
  3. Drug court operations
  4. Cultural competence
  5. Team building
  6. On-site technical assistance
  7. Law enforcement practice and the science of addiction
  8. Mental Health Courts
  9. Alcohol and other drug’s impact on the criminal justice system
  10. Law Enforcement and Community Memoranda of Understanding
  11. Grass-roots Community Organizing
  12. Ban-the-Box Initiatives (Reentry Strategies)

Selected Presentations

  • The Justice System’s Impact on Poverty and Economic Security
  • Women and a Career in Law Enforcement
  • The Science of Addiction and Public Safety/Public Health Partnerships
  • Strategies for Rural Law Enforcement to address Methamphetamine Addiction
  • Drug Courts: A Police Executive Strategy
  • The Women’s Foundation- “Women and Philanthropy“
  • Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Community Policing
  • A Career in Law Enforcement for Women
  • How to Conduct an Effective Police Interrogation
  • Law Enforcement Strategic Planning
  • Monroe County Bar Association – “Law Enforcement and Community Partnerships “
  • Drug Courts for Probation and Law Enforcement
  • American University – “Drug Courts”
  • Leadership Development for African Americans
  • The Leadership Challenge: Redesigning Law Enforcement
  • Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Managing Classroom Conflict: For Teachers
  • Fundamentals of Addiction
  • Ethics and Confidentiality in Drug Courts
  • Court Responses to Client Behavior: Incentives and Sanctions
  • Cultural Competency in Drug Court
  • Case Management Best Practices
  • Team Building
  • Relapse and Recovery
  • Adult Drug Court Standards – Best Practices
  • Understanding Drug Testing
  • The Ten Key Components of Drug Courts
  • Targeting the Right Population

Selected Articles

  • Drug Courts, Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs: “A Broader Look at Law Enforcement,” Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson & Cynthia Herriott, M.S., The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (2003)
  • Herriott, Cynthia. “A Closer Look at the National Drug Court Institute.” bjatraining.org (2011) Electronic
  • Improving Economic Self Sufficiency: “Current Status, Future Goals, and Intervention Strategies Project”.   The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley (2004)
  • “Working Together to Build Community Trust” Democrat & Chronicle (6/5/15)
  • “Ferguson Seen From a Unique Perspective” Herriott, Evans, Democrat & Chronicle (12/9/14)
  • “Rochester’s moral mandate for change” Cynthia Herriott, Democrat & Chronicle, (11/26/14)
  • Herriott, C. (2008). Law Enforcement Ethics and Leadership. Master’s Thesis. Keuka College, NY.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 AAUW Public Policy Special Leadership Recognition Award
  • 2007 Athena Award Finalist
  • 2004 RWN “W” Award
  • 2003 Rochester Police Department Commendation
  • 2002 Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award
  • 2002 Rochester Police Department Commendation
  • 2002 Rochester Police Department Excellent Police Service Award
  • 2001 Rochester Police Department Excellent Police Service Award
  • 2000 City of Rochester Public Service Award
  • 2000 National Jefferson Award Nominee
  • 2000 Rochester Police Department Excellent Police Service Award
  • 1997 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award
  • 1996 Leadership America
  • 1996 President Clinton’s White House “At the Table” Participant
  • 1994 YWCA Woman First Award
Cynthia Herriott
Law Enforcement Expert
Cynthia Herriott is a Law Enforcement Expert with years of experience in the field of Criminal Justice – driven community problem-solving. She has worked with court systems and law enforcement around the United States and internationally, assisting both with working together more effectively.

Cynthia Herriott, Law Enforcement Expert

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