Police inno­va­tors around the world are doing research that tests and refines new ideas. This sem­i­nar reviews the growth of police-led “pra­ca­d­e­m­ic” research, with aca­d­e­m­ic sup­port, through such devel­op­ments as the new (since 2010) Soci­eties of Evi­dence-Based Polic­ing in the UK, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, US and Cana­da, and the Cam­bridge Jour­nal of Evi­dence-based Polic­ing. The impli­ca­tions of this trend for police reform in democ­ra­cies and oth­er nations will be dis­cussed.

About the speakers

Lawrence Sher­man is Chair of the Police Exec­u­tive Pro­gramme at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge, offer­ing a part-time Master’s degree in applied crim­i­nol­o­gy and police man­age­ment to over 170 stu­dents from ten coun­tries. His 1998 Police Foun­da­tion lec­ture on “Evi­dence-Based Polic­ing” is wide­ly rec­og­nized as the foun­da­tion of a glob­al pro­fes­sion­al move­ment gen­er­at­ing soci­eties for evi­dence-based polic­ing in the UK, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Cana­da and the US, now with over 5,000 mem­bers. Sher­man has served as the Hon­orary Pres­i­dent of the Soci­ety of Evi­dence-Based Polic­ing (UK) since its for­ma­tion in 2010, and is the found­ing Edi­tor-in-Chief of the Cam­bridge Jour­nal of Evi­dence-based Polic­ing. Sher­man began his career in police research in the New York City Police Depart­ment in 1971 as a civil­ian ana­lyst in the Office of the Com­mis­sion­er. Since then he has con­duct­ed or designed field research and exper­i­ments in over 30 police agen­cies across five con­ti­nents, includ­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police in Lon­don and the Aus­tralian Fed­er­al Police.

Heather Strang is Direc­tor of the Police Exec­u­tive Pro­gramme and the Mas­ters degree in Applied Crim­i­nol­o­gy and Police Man­age­ment at the Insti­tute of Crim­i­nol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge. She is also Direc­tor of Research at the Cam­bridge Lee Cen­tre of Exper­i­men­tal Crim­i­nol­o­gy and an expert in the man­age­ment of ran­dom­ized con­trolled tri­als, explor­ing a wide range of top­ics in crim­i­nol­o­gy. Dr Strang pre­vi­ous­ly served for ten years as Direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Restora­tive Jus­tice at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, man­ag­ing the four ran­domised con­trolled tri­als in restora­tive jus­tice known as the RISEexper­i­ments. Dr Strang’s research inter­ests include the effects of crime and jus­tice on vic­tims of crime, the diver­sion of cas­es from pros­e­cu­tion to alter­na­tive dis­pos­als, as well as the appli­ca­tion of restora­tive jus­tice con­fer­ences in crim­i­nal jus­tice as both a sup­ple­ment to and diver­sion from pros­e­cu­tion. More recent­ly she has been involved in research in the Unit­ed King­dom on police respons­es to domes­tic vio­lence, co-direct­ing ran­domised tri­als on pro­grams designed to pre­vent repeat domes­tic abuse.

Deb­bie Platz is an Aus­tralian Fed­er­al Police Assis­tant Com­mis­sion­er, respon­si­ble for the Crime Oper­a­tions port­fo­lio. Crime Oper­a­tions inves­ti­gates a broad range of crime types includ­ing drug impor­ta­tions, firearms traf­fick­ing and mat­ters con­sid­ered to be polit­i­cal­ly sen­si­tive or may adverse­ly impact on the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment, a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment or any oth­er polit­i­cal fig­ure. In addi­tion, the Crime Oper­a­tions port­fo­lio is respon­si­ble for Vic­tim Based Crime, which aims to reduce the inci­dence and impact of Com­mon­wealth crimes against the per­son. The port­fo­lio focus­es on Child Exploita­tion, Human Traf­fick­ing, and Peo­ple Smug­gling, as well as mat­ters in which Aus­tralian cit­i­zens are killed, harmed or miss­ing over­seas. Pri­or to join­ing the Aus­tralian Fed­er­al Police, Deb­bie enjoyed a 30 year career with the Queens­land Police Ser­vice (QPS), com­menc­ing when she was sworn in on 27 Sep­tem­ber 1985. Between 2000 and 2014, Deb­bie was heav­i­ly involved in the per­for­mance review of QPS, an inter­nal review of Infor­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Tech­nol­o­gy and the 2011 Flood Cri­sis Review Group. Deb­bie also worked as the staff offi­cer to the Com­mis­sion­er and was lat­er in charge of the train­ing and devel­op­ment of police, man­ag­ing two police acad­e­mies, a lead­er­ship cen­tre, recruit­ment, work­place safe­ty and well­be­ing. Deb­bie has a Master’s of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (Uni­ver­si­ty of the Sun­shine Coast), a Grad­u­ate Diplo­ma in Edu­ca­tion (Secondary/VET) (Uni­ver­si­ty of the Sun­shine Coast) and a Mas­ters of Stud­ies (Applied Crim­i­nol­o­gy) from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge, Unit­ed King­dom.

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