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Kevin Bethel, MS
Expanding the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program
Kevin Bethel currently serves as a Stoneleigh Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor at the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab at Drexel University. Through his Fellowship, Kevin is working to expand implementation of the successful Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program locally, statewide, and nationally.
Previously, Kevin served in the Philadelphia Police Department for 29 years. In his most recent role as Deputy Police Commissioner, he was responsible for Patrol Operations for the entire city. He created several successful programs and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Police Commissioner’s Crime Strategy for the City. Throughout his career, Kevin has deliberately pursued work in the juvenile justice field, including serving on national, statewide, and local committees and advisory boards; regularly lecturing on school diversion and racial and ethnic disparities at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University; and serving as a faculty member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice Leadership Institute. He is a nationally recognized leader in community and trauma-informed policing.
Kevin holds a BS in criminal justice from Chestnut Hill College and an MS in public safety management from St. Joseph’s University.