Julie Wartell is an independent advisor on public safety issues relating to crime analysis, problem solving and justice systems. She has held a variety of previous positions that include: Crime Analyst Coordinator for the San Diego District Attorney's Office; Project Director of the East Valley COMPASS Initiative (a regional analysis effort); crime analyst for the San Diego Police Department; researcher for the Institute for Law and Justice and the Police Executive Research Forum, and Fellow at the National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center. Wartell has performed a wide range of research on and analysis of various crime problems and police-related issues, worked on the strategic planning efforts, and coordinated the development of a series of crime mapping training modules. She has done extensive training and presentations to officers and analysts throughout the country on topics relating to crime analysis and problem-oriented policing, has edited or authored numerous publications, and currently teaches GIS in Urban Studies at the University of California–San Diego. Wartell has a bachelor's degree from the University of California–San Diego, a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in criminal justice administration from San Diego State University; and a postgraduate diploma in applied criminology and police management from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.