New course in the spring – Crime Science

This spring I will be teaching a new graduate level course, Crime Science. A better name for the course would be evidence based policing tactics to reduce crime — but that name is too long!

Here you can see the current syllabus. I also have a page for the course, which I will update with more material over the winter break.

Given my background it has a heavy focus on hot spots policing (different tactics at hot spots, time spent at hot spots, crackdowns vs long term). But the class covers other policing strategies; such as chronic offenders, the focused deterrence gang model, and CPTED. We also discuss the use of technology in policing (e.g. CCTV, license plate readers, body-worn-cameras).

I will weave in ethical discussions throughout the course, but I reserved the last class to specifically talk about predictive policing strategies. In particular the two main concerns are increasing disproportionate minority contact through prediction, and privacy concerns with police collecting various pieces of information.

So take my course!


Spatial analysis course in CJ (graduate) – Spring 2016 SUNY Albany

This spring I am teaching a graduate level GIS course for the school of criminal justice on the downtown SUNY campus. There are still seats available, so feel free to sign up. Here is the page with the syllabus, and I will continue to add additional info./resources to that page.

Academics tend to focus on regression of lattice/areal data (e.g. see Matt Ingrams course over in Poli. Sci.), and in this course I tried to mix in more things I regularly encountered while working as a crime analyst that I haven’t seen coverage of in other GIS courses. For example I have a week devoted to the journey to crime and geographic offender profiling. I also have a week devoted to introducing the current most popular models used to forecast crime.

I’ve started a specific wordpress page for courses, which I will update with additional courses I prepare.