Crime Center Honors Policing Leaders at International Conference

Posted: August 16, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

By James Greif

CEBCP honorees

Distinguished Achievement Awards in Evidence-Based Crime Policy were presented to Darrel Stephens, retired chief of police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department; and Joan Petersilia, faculty co-director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center. Others pictured are, from left: Kristina Rose, deputy director, National Institute of Justice; David Weisburd, director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP); James Burch, acting director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice; and Cynthia Lum, deputy director, CEBCP. Creative Services photo

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) has established the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame to honor law-enforcement practitioners who have played key roles in implementing high-quality research programs in their affiliated agencies.

The CEBCP, which is housed within Mason’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society, was established in 2008 to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies. The center advances rigorous studies in criminal justice and serves as an informational link to practitioners and the policy community.  As part of this mission, the CEBCP, which is directed by David Weisburd, launched the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame this year.

The CEBCP inducted eight honorees into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Aug. 11, during the Evidence-Based Crime Policy Symposium that took place at Mason.

“Criminal justice practitioners who can incorporate science and research into everyday practice have my deepest admiration,” said Cynthia Lum, assistant professor and deputy director of the CEBCP, at the awards ceremony.  “Using and encouraging an evidence-based approach to policing takes courage, leadership, intelligence and an open mind.”

The eight founding honorees are

  • Deputy Chief Hassan Aden of the Alexandria (Va.) Police Department
  • Chief James Bueermann of the Redlands (Calif.) Police Department
  • Commissioner Edward Davis of the Boston Police Department
  • Chief Dan Flynn of the Marietta (Ga.) Police Department
  • Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin of the Queensland (Australia) Police Service
  • Chief Constable Peter Neyroud of the National Policing Improvement Agency (U.K.)
  • Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department
  • Darrel Stephens of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department (retired)

In addition, two individuals were awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy, which recognizes outstanding and consistent contributions by persons in the policy arena who have been leaders in advancing the use of scientific research evidence in decisions about crime and justice policies.

  • Joan Petersilia of the Stanford Law School, Stanford University
  • Darrel Stephens of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department (retired)

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime
Policy Honors Leaders in Policing at International Conference.
Video by James Greif

“These innovative leaders translate findings from research into everyday tactics and strategies to improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of law enforcement,” said Lum.  “We created these awards to celebrate and distinguish these individuals so that the next generation of police leaders and scholars can learn from their experiences about how evidence-based policing can be accomplished.”

The Evidence-Based Crime Policy Symposium was held at Mason from Aug. 9 to 11.  For the second year, the symposium gathered academics and law-enforcement and policy officials for a series of workshops, panel discussions and special lectures that highlight the center’s research programs.

Workshops and presentations during the conference covered topics such as the use of geographic information systems in crime policy, the effect of police foot patrols, reducing imprisonment and crime and translating research into practice and the role that place plays in crime.

Presenters at the conference included researchers and practitioners from George Mason University, the Police Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Justice, Temple University, the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, the National Policing Improvement Agency in London, the University of Chicago and other colleges and organizations.

More details and a complete description of the conference are available at the conference website.

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