Dr. Cynthia Lum is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the areas of policing, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, technology, and translational criminology. Her works in these areas include evaluating the impacts of patrol and detective activities, interventions, and technologies; understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing; and measuring police proactivity. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolios.
Professor Lum is an appointed member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), and has also served on the NAS’s Committee on Proactive Policing as well as its Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement. She is a member of the National Police Foundation Board of Directors, the Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an Executive Counselor for the American Society of Criminology. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and is the co-Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with colleagues at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Arizona State University.
Andrew Reece is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a double major in criminology and government & politics). He jumped into government contract work for the US Dept. of Justice shortly after graduation. He mostly performed financial analysis of USDOJ grant expenditure. He moved to Blacksburg and became a communications officer for the Virginia Tech Police Dept for 2 years. From there, he worked in the financial crimes division of Wells Fargo for a short period of time before taking his current position as a crime analyst for the Roanoke City Police Department, where he recently celebrated his 4th “anniversary” in May. His current position mostly has him focusing on crime series, trends/patterns, hot spot analysis, and various data requests that come from inside and outside the department. He is also one of only a few hundred certified crime prevention specialists in the state of Virginia, and also recently acquired his general instructor certification from the state’s division of criminal justice services.
A super short update of upcoming guests: analyst Andrew Reece, Dr Cynthia Lum, Dr Eric Piza, Dr Read Hayes and an analyst from the UK! A whole but of information about to come zipping your way. Stay tuned for information on signing up for two, hour long, webinars that I will be hosting, one in July and one in August.
My apologies to Andrew Reece for losing my own audio somehow. It did not track but we did get his side of things. Unfortunately, it means the great conversation we had needs to be redone. In the meantime, here is a one off for you. I provide updates on the Access course, upcoming guests, the state of things, my philosophy update and I break down what my logo’s meaning and where it came from.
Just a short episode, since I was sick and had to postpone my interview, where I talk about upcoming guests, my new logo that you will start seeing around and how the work is going on the new version of UALE and a little bit more.
Stay tuned for upcoming guests Andrew Reece, Hillary Peladeau and Dr Cynthia Lum.
Links: UALE – the FREE online Microsoft Access course geared towards the criminal justice field
Dr Andrew Wilczak received his MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 and his PhD in Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2011, with a focus in criminology and social psychology. His research interests include examining how violence and exposure to violence influence adolescent development, the history of violence and public policy, and the role of criminological theory in understanding revolutionary action. He is the host of two podcasts focusing on public scholarship: Untenured Tracks, a casual interview series with untenured faculty and graduate students about their research and pedagogy, and Strength Check, a collaborative project with Drs. Joan Antunes, Mike Dando, and Shauna Lesseur, which focuses on narrative storytelling as a teaching tool.
Dr Troy Payne has been at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2010. Before that, he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His primary interests are translational research, data visualization, crime prevention and policing — but he’s also done work in risk assessment and a handful of other areas over the years. Most recently, as Associate Director of the Alaska Justice Information Center, he has been focused on translational research, on finding ways to communicate his findings to both policy members and the public.
An analyst since 2000, Trina gained law enforcement experience as a records specialist for six years before starting at Tukwila PD. Trina became an IACA Certified Law Enforcement Analyst in 2012. In 2014-15, she led the vendor selection process for her department’s new records management system. Trina was relocated in 2017 to her department’s Major Crimes Unit and loves assisting detectives on interesting cases. Trina enjoys being involved in her regional association, NORCAN, and has a special place in her heart for threshold analysis and z-scores. Below is the image Trina and I talk about in the episode.
A little One Off for you with information on the next guest, a future guest, an email sign up form for some free Access tips, one a day for each day of the work week next week, and sign up for more! Sorry for the huffing and puffing but it was a great morning walk!
I give a quick apology to you, my audience, for not keeping to my publishing schedule, I give an update of interviews and guests to come (with a name drop for a June episode), and I give you some quick insights on what I have been working on (myself and the Access online course sequel to come) with some resources in these show notes below. Please listen to Dawn Reeby’s and Amy Boudreau’s podcast episodes if you are looking to help grow yourself and want to put yourself first (or even put yourself on your list of things to take care of) since we are the most important part of our lists.
Hello everyone and thank you again for lsitening. If you know someone, including yourself, that would like to share something on the show, please reach out to me ____.
Check out past episodes while we wait for this COVID-19 turbulence to clear up and the FREE online Microsoft Access course, Ultimate Access for Law Enforcement (but for anyone in criminal justice that is looking to track data utilizing a data management application).
In this episode, I speak about using Twitter as my main source of social media to get out quick messages, interact with the audience and my use of polls. I speak to the difference in using Microsoft Access and Excel and my online course for Access. There is a short Google form for anyone who wishes to fill it out and speak to any issue that they may have with Microsoft Access. These will be addressed and added into my updated online course that will release a little later this year.
I also pay tribute to a great man who we lost recently, Daniel Bibel. I read his biography on his show that was sent out over our MACA listserv. It was an honor to know him and he will be missed.
I talk with Cristina Fernandez, Scott Roberts and William “Bill” Schwarz of Springfield MA Police. They speak with me about their Real Time Crime Center where they perform tactical analysis as calls come in and strategic analysis going in the background among it all. They assist their agency but they also feed their community information about what is happening in their respective areas of town as well. If you are ready to find out how life runs in a crime analysis unit working in real time, give this episode a listen.
Hello Knowledge fans! It is me, Nick, today speaking with you about the first 4 episodes of the podcast. I recap where we’ve been and I talk about where we are going. I thank my previous guests: Dr Laura Huey, Lt Glen Mills, Special Constable John Ng and Dr John Shjarback. I give a quick sneak peek, but no names, on two of the upcoming interviews I will be doing and let you in on my online course for Microsoft Access and that it will be revamped and for sale once again in a few months.
Dr. John Shjarback is an assistant professor in the Department of Law and Justice Studies Rowan University after spending the last three years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. John’s research interests center on American policing with specific focuses on environmental and organizational influence on officer behavior and attitudes as well as contemporary issues in the field (e.g., the “Ferguson Effect”; de-policing; the “War on Cops” hypothesis; race and officer-involved shootings). He has worked collaboratively with various law enforcement agencies conducting evaluations. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, such as Criminology & Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Crime & Delinquency, and he has written op-eds for The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, and the El Paso Times.
Special Constable John Ng is a divisional crime analyst with the Saskatoon Police Service and has been a law enforcement analyst for over 10 years. He’s a certified law enforcement analyst with the International Association of Crime Analysts and has been an active member having volunteered with their former Methods Subcommittee co-authoring a handful of technical papers on analytical methods including hotspot analysis, prioritizing offenders, and social network analysis and currently volunteers with their Publications Committee.
He’s presented at crime analysis conferences and recently at the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) Conference on the role of crime analysts in EBP. He also served as the Analyst Series Coordinator (lead) for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing’s (CAN-SEBP) Community Engagement Team and continues to volunteer as a Community Liaison for CAN-SEBP promoting the value of law enforcement analysts in EBP. More recently he’s been selected as an NIJ/IACP LEADS Scholar, which is a scholarship that helps support mid-level officers in advancing data and science in policing, he is one of the first crime analysts to received this scholarship.
He’s successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. His research interests include police culture, police leadership, organizational change, police tactics & strategies, hotspots policing, offender management (and risk assessments), and crime analysis.