Karin Schmerler is a program coordinator for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. She was formerly a public safety analyst with the Chula Vista (California) Police Department where she researched a variety of citywide and neighborhood-level crime and disorder problems, including auto theft, traffic collisions, and school bullying. Prior to working for the Chula Vista Police Department, she spent six years as a social science analyst at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, and seven years as a researcher at the Police Executive Research Forum. Schmerler is an author of Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder through Problem-Solving Partnerships, and a co-author of Primary Data Collection: A Problem-Solving Necessity. She holds a bachelors degree in public policy studies from Duke University.