Jillian Snider is the policy director for R Street’s Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties team. She leads the program in producing research and commentary on public policy related to all stages of the justice system: policing, pretrial policy, sentencing, incarceration, juvenile justice and reentry.

Jillian is a retired New York City police officer. Over the course of her career, she served in various enforcement positions including patrol, undercover vice operations, street-level narcotics, field intelligence and anti-crime. Additionally, she served as a precinct liaison for non-enforcement, collaborative, community-based initiatives.

She also teaches as an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration.

Jillian has received several departmental commendations as well as awards from the Bronx Borough president, New York City Council, Public Advocate’s Office, New York State Assembly and Senate, been recognized as “Cop of the Month” by Bronx Community Board 2 and was one of the recipients of the 2015 Police Commissioner’s Roosevelt Award.

She received a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with dual specializations in police administration and criminology and graduated with distinction from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She also earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in ethical leadership from Marist College and a Bachelor of Science in legal studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Jillian lives in Monroe, New York, which is part of the NYC metropolitan area, with her husband Andrew, their handsome pup Spencer and many rescue cats.