Karin Schmerler is a public safety analyst with the Chula Vista (California) Police Department. In this capacity, she has researched a variety of citywide and neighborhoodlevel 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 ProblemSolving 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.