Samantha Gwinn is an independent consultant and program lead for The Policing Lab, a key project for the nonprofit Partnership for Policing Innovation and Reform. There, she works with law enforcement to develop effective analytical and investigative data strategies, with the end goal of violent crime reduction. Gwinn also serves as a subject matter expert on multiple aspects of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Program, having worked as a consultant to the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider as well as the state of Delaware, to enable SAKI mission success and sustainability.
Prior to her current position, Gwinn spent more than 10 years with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, most recently managing the public safety product development strategy. Before joining LexisNexis in 2011, she worked as a crime analyst in the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Unit, which entailed case support as well as development of the ViCAP Web national database. She came to the FBI from the San Diego Police Department, where she worked as a crime analyst assigned to two area commands and the Sex Crimes Unit. Gwinn also served for 2½ years as the first crime analyst for the San Diego Unified School District Police Department, and she started her career as an intern with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada.
Gwinn previously served for three years as Treasurer for the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), and she was Co-Chair of the IACA committee that created their existing law enforcement analyst certification program. She also served for several years on the IACA Publications Committee, and assisted in planning several conferences and two international symposiums. Gwinn developed and instructed crime analysis courses for both Santa Ana College and Tiffin University, and she has spoken about crime analysis and violent crime investigations at numerous law enforcement conferences.
Gwinn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from San Diego State University. She has served on the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) since 2020.