Shelley Hyland

Senior Statistical Advisor, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

In her role with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Hyland serves as the technical expert and principal consultant on methodological and analytical issues associated with national data collections. She is responsible for developing and implementing statistical standards for reporting and analysis, advising on methodology and statistical considerations for new and redesigned data collection programs, and expanding stakeholder engagement.

Hyland has more than 15 years of experience conducting data collection, research, and statistical analysis. She previously served as Supervisory Program Specialist at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) in the Community Policing Advancement Directorate. In this role, she oversaw a team of social science analysts and senior program specialists responsible for the Collaborative Reform Initiative and Community Policing Development funding and served as the COPS Office subject matter expert on research, data analysis, and various policing topics.

Prior to joining the COPS Office, Hyland was a statistician in the BJS Law Enforcement Statistics Unit for six years. While at BJS, she served as a program manager for most of the law enforcement collections and developed the Law Enforcement Core Statistics Program. Earlier in her career, Hyland was a research manager at the Washington University School of Medicine, a crime analyst for the City of Kingston (NY) Police Department, and a research and policy analyst for the Schenectady (NY) Police Department. Hyland holds a PhD in criminal justice from the University at Albany-SUNY (NY) and an MA in forensic psychology from Castleton State College (VT).