Marjolijn Bruggeling is a Fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Bruggeling is also the Executive Director of The Policing Lab at The Partnership for Policing Innovation and Reform, a South Florida-based non-profit think tank and technical assistance provider. Bruggeling previously served as the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s liaison to the Chicago Police Department, focusing on implementing the Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC) concept from 2017 to 2019.
Prior to this, Bruggeling worked as an independent consultant for the Obama administration’s Justice Department Violence Reduction Network (VRN). She came to the United States in 2016 from The Netherlands, where she was an Inspector with the Amsterdam Police, instrumental in implementing data-driven policing programs for the Dutch National Police.
Bruggeling’s career in public safety began as a corrections officer in Groningen when she was 17 years old. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, earned in 2021, and a Bachelor’s degree in policing from the Politie Academie in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Her thesis on knowledge transfer among police departments was published in English and Dutch in 2012. Bruggeling is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Business Administration, focusing on Algorithmic Management in Policing.