Current Fellows

Robert Fanelli

Bloomberg Fellow

Robert Fanelli has been in law enforcement for over 17 years. He is currently the Criminal Investigations Commander-Lieutenant at the Gainesville, Florida, Police Department, and is responsible for supervising 6 sergeants, 30 detectives, and 5 civilians. Recently, Robert oversaw the implementation of investigative programs and software such as ALPR, Vigilant LEARN, and CLEAR; he was responsible for the renewal of a Domestic Violence Grant, which focuses on minority communities, repeat offenders, and improving communication and involvement with the Rebuilding and Community Outreach Coordinator (RCOC) through the Black on Black Crime Task Force. Robert directed the RCOC to focus on bridging the gap of services for offenders who are now victims, ending the cycle of violence. Robert spearheaded the Believe First Campaign through partnerships with the Rape Crisis Center and the Victim Advocates and Counsel Against Sexual Violence.

The Gainesville Police Department is a full-service, community-oriented-policing, law enforcement agency dedicated to partnering with citizens for problem resolution in Gainesville, FL—the largest city in Alachua County, FL, and the cultural, educational, and commercial center for the North Central Florida region. In 2007, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) continued its mission to serve and protect the city through enhanced programs and citizen interaction. This collaborative effort has made Gainesville one of the most livable cities in the United States. The goals of the agency are to reduce the number of calls for service, decrease crime through prevention and enforcement, and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Gainesville. The Department has approximately 300 sworn officers and 70 support personnel.

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