Dr. David Lambert


David E. Lambert is the director of the Justice System Training and Research Institute (JSTRI) at Roger Williams University. Dr. Lambert was previously an assistant professor with the University of New Haven for five years prior to coming to RWU, where he taught courses in policing, statistics, crime mapping and criminology. While there, he was the Principal Investigator for Project Longevity where he worked with a team of researchers to design analytical products for police agencies to reduce gang violence in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport. He has been a consultant in homeland security subjects including information sharing, critical infrastructure protection and fusion center operations.


Prior to his academic career, Dr. Lambert was a member of the Massachusetts State Police for 25 years, with assignments in research and planning, fire investigation, and homeland security. He formerly was the special projects supervisor at the Commonwealth Fusion Center. He also managed a firearms data analysis program using National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), hospital gunshot wound and firearms trace data through a U.S. Department of Justice Targeting Violent Crime Initiative grant award.


Dr. Lambert holds a doctorate in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in criminology from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s Police Administration and Training Program (PATP), a ten-month police management development program.


Dr. Lambert joins The CopDoc on April 25th, 2022.