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Sandy Jo MacArthurSpecialistUniversity of Chicago Crime Lab/Policing Leadership Academy

Dr. Sandy Jo MacArthur has a career in policing spanning over 44 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, of which 35 years was full-time and the remaining years as a reserve officer. She attained the rank of Assistant Chief before her retirement in 2015 and continues to work with their training and education division in a reserve status. Her experience includes recruitment and hiring, field operations, budget, technology, 911 center, personnel promotions, police training and education, employee wellness, handling cases involving persons with mental illness, crisis intervention tactics, use of force, human relations/human resources, diversity & discrimination, and conflict management.

Dr. MacArthur teaches at the Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution teaching conflict resolution to law enforcement supervisors and command staff and in the Law School teaching The Psychology of Conflict Communications. She also consults with law enforcement agencies across the Nation on subjects such as use of force, conflict management, leadership, and officer wellness. Presently Dr. MacArthur is working with the University of Chicago Crime Lab assisting with several research projects pertaining to police employee wellness, early intervention programs, and training for in-service personnel. She recently co-created the curriculum for the UChicago Policing Leadership Academy and currently teaches in the program.

Dr. MacArthur received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University
in 1979, her Master of Arts in Behavioral Science, specializing in Negotiations and Conflict Management, from California State University, Dominquez Hills in 1997, and her Doctorate in Psychology from California Southern University in 2022.