Executive Team

Robin Engel

Robin S. Engel, PhD
Vice President for Safety & Reform
Director, IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy


Dr. Robin S. Engel received her doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. For the past twenty years, Dr. Engel has engaged in research and evaluation in the field of criminal justice, and worked directly with practitioners to implement crime reduction strategies while enhancing citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy.

Engel’s work includes establishing academic-practitioner partnerships and promoting best practices in policing, with expertise in empirical assessments of police behavior, police use of force, police-minority relations, police supervision and management, criminal justice policies, criminal gangs, and crime reduction strategies. She has served as the Principal Investigator for over 60 contracts and grants, and provides statistical and policy consulting for international, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies.

For the last several years, she has been ranked among the top four academics, and the number one female academic in the field of criminal justice/criminology based on scholarly publications in the most elite peer-reviewed journals (Khey et al., 2011; Orrick & Weir, 2011). Engel's publications include empirical examinations of racial profiling, police use of force, and police supervision. She previously served as the Principal Investigator for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), which resulted in several prestigious team awards including the 2008 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) / Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the 2009 IACP/ West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations, and the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.

In October 2011, Engel was one of a handful of American policing experts and the only academic selected to participate in an international forum on gang violence in 2011 hosted by the Home Office and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  International work also includes research and speaking engagements regarding various aspects of evidence-based policing practices and police accountability in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Canada.  Based on her experiences working directly with law enforcement agencies, in April 2015 she was an invited participant to the White House for a working session on Technology and Data Innovation for Transparency and Accountability in Policing hosted by the John and Laura Arnold Foundation. She teaches courses on policing and criminal justice theory/practice at the doctorate, masters, and undergraduate levels.


James Whalen

James L. Whalen
Director of Public Safety


James L. Whalen is the Director of Public Safety at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Whalen began his career with UC after retiring from the Cincinnati Police Department in September of 2015, where he served for nearly 30 years.

Whalen began his career in law enforcement with the Metropolitan-Dade County Police Department in Miami, Florida, staying there for three years before returning to his hometown and joining the Cincinnati Police Department in 1986. Whalen made his way through the ranks and was appointed as an Assistant Police Chief for the City of Cincinnati in June 2005. In ten years as an Assistant Police Chief, Mr. Whalen commanded the Patrol Bureau, Investigations Bureau and Support Bureau.

Whalen was also serving as the SWAT Commander of the Cincinnati Police Department at the time of his retirement. He  earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement at the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctorate degree at Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Officer course administered by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston. In 2013, Mr. Whalen was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University.


Gregory Baker

S. Gregory Baker
Director of Police Community Relations


S. Gregory Baker previously served as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) as well as the Executive Manager of Community Relations, both positions with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Baker has over thirty years of local government leadership experience in the fields of law enforcement (specifically police-community relations), community development, economic development and workforce development. Baker previously served as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) and as senior advisor to the New Haven Project Longevity (violence reduction strategy), the Oakland Police Department, the New Orleans Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, and more.

From 2002- 2011, Baker served as the Executive Manager of Community Relations for the Cincinnati Police Department, a civilian position equivalent to that of an assistant police chief. In that role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to reduce crime and improve police community relations. He successfully implemented strategies including community problem-oriented policing (problem solving), intelligence-led policing (empirical, data-driven policing) and a violence reduction strategy (CIRV).

When Baker accepted the role of Executive Manager of Community Relations, it was a newly created position to coordinate the implementation of police reforms as mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice. As such, he served as the department’s compliance officer, managed revisions to the use of force policy, managed the development and utilization of a computerized personnel risk management system, managed the development and use of systems to collect and analyze traffic stop data for racial profiling assessments, managed the establishment of the Citizens Complaint Authority (a civilian oversight board) and worked to establish the Community Police Partnering Center. These efforts resulted in significant reductions in use of force, citizen complaints, injuries to officers and citizens, and significant improvements in police-community relations.


Diane Brueggemann
Manager of Technical Services


Diane Brueggemann is the Manager of Technical Services in the Department of Public Safety at the University of Cincinnati.

She began her career in the United States Navy, serving nine years in various locations including Okinawa, Pt. Mugu, California, and Brussels, Belgium. After her time with the Navy, she worked five years as the Quality Assurance Communications Engineer for Nato Headquarters in Brussels.  She then worked for two years as a trainer and consultant for a software company before joining the University in 1994.

Brueggemann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland European Division and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati.


Edward Dadosky
Manager of Emergency Management/Business Continuity


Edward J. Dadosky began employment with the University of Cincinnati in March of 2016 as the Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning.  In 2017, he became Director of the Fire Prevention and continues to focus on coordination among the different university colleges and departments to enhance planning, response and recovery capabilities at all five university campuses. Prior to joining UC, Ed spent 33 years with the Cincinnati Fire Department where he eventually attained the rank of Assistant Fire Chief.  As an assistant chief, Ed managed Fire Department Administrative Services, Human Resources, Emergency Management and special events including the 2008 Hurricane Ike Windstorm, 2012 World Choir Games and the 2015 Major League Baseball All Star Game. While working for CFD he partnered with the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency to procure, spend and account for more than $70 million of grant funds awarded to Cincinnati/Hamilton County by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In 1988, Ed received a BA in Business Management from the University of Cincinnati, and in 2010, an MA from the Naval Postgraduate School Centers for Homeland Defense and Security located in Monterey, CA.  Ed maintains certifications as a State of Ohio Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Paramedic and Commissioned Police Officer.