Ph.D. Student at Penn Is ‘Top Cop’ at SEPTA

“It’s about the understanding of constitutional guidelines by the police and the implementation of those guidelines in their daily decision making,” Nestel explains.
Police departments routinely gather a tremendous amount of data, Nestel says, but “I want to spearhead the best use of police department data so resources and programs are better focused on communities and are successful and evaluated.”
Nestel has conducted extensive research on the use of public domain surveillance systems, CCTV. He used the data to help write operating policy guidelines for Philadelphia’s program. He has also conducted studies to determine the effectiveness of red light camera systems on intersection safety.