Kevin Bethel is the co – founder of The Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program and oversees the citywide implementation and coordination of the program and its cross-systems partnerships. He also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor with Drexel University’s Juvenile Justice Reform Lab. Prior to assuming these roles, Mr. Bethel served in the Philadelphia Police Department for 29 years. As Deputy Police Commissioner, Mr. Bethel was responsible for patrol operations for the entire city, and he supported the development and implementation of many successful programs, including the Police Commissioner’s Crime Strategy for the City. Mr. Bethel has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels as a leader in community and trauma-informed policing.
Throughout his career, Kevin Bethel has been committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable young people in Philadelphia. He has deliberately pursued work in the juvenile justice field, including serving on numerous local, statewide, and national committees and advisory boards; regularly lecturing on school diversion and racial and ethnic disparities at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University; and serving as a faculty member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice Leadership Institute. His passion has always been and remains reforming the juvenile justice system.
Kevin Bethel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Chestnut Hill College and a Master’s Degree in Public Safety from St. Joseph’s University. Mr. Bethel’s appointment at Drexel University is supported by a three-year fellowship with the Stoneleigh Foundation.