Reducing Crime

By Jerry Ratcliffe

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A monthly podcast featuring interviews with influential thinkers in the police service and leading crime and policing researchers working to advance public safety. Host: Professor Jerry Ratcliffe. Learn more at

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#21 (Phil Goff)
Phillip Atiba Goff is the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He talks about moving away from a reflexive arrest approach to all policing problems, the challenges of dealing with service providers in non-crime areas, and working with city politics.
Mar 24, 2020
#20 (Chris Magnus)
Chris Magnus is the police chief for Tucson, Arizona. He talks about moving away from a reflexive arrest approach to all policing problems, the challenges of dealing with service providers in non-crime areas, and working with city politics.
Feb 25, 2020
#19 (Lorraine Mazerolle)
Lorraine Mazerolle is a Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Science at Australia's University of Queensland and one of the world's leading experimental criminologists. We discuss her career in criminology, police and crime prevention partnerships, and her current RCT working with police and schools.
Jan 21, 2020
#18 (Thomas Abt)
Thomas Abt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. We chat about his background in state and federal criminal justice policy-making, and the motivation and aims behind his recent book "Bleeding Out -The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets".
Dec 16, 2019
#17 (Lawrence Sherman)
Professor Lawrence Sherman is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology. We discuss the police constable apprentice program, the role of socializing in the pub as an executive learning tool, the crime harm index and victimization, and the role of algorithms in improving the criminal justice system.
Nov 18, 2019
#16 (Marcus Felson)
Professor Marcus Felson (Texas State University San Marcos) explains why the correct terminology is important in regard to routine activities theory, has some choice words for social disorganization and collective efficacy, explains the origins of the routine activities approach.
Oct 23, 2019
#15 (Ella Cockbain)
Dr Ella Cockbain (University College London) and I talked over a nice cuppa at the Jill Dando Institute for Crime Science in London. She tells me about trafficking, exploitative business policies, legislation that makes things worse not better, and laundry detergent bubbles. In return, I learn how to use the right language around this area, question Norwegian sexual prowess, and upset Liam Neeson.
Sep 23, 2019
#14 (Denis O'Connor)
Sir Denis O'Connor has been in British policing for over 50 years and a leader for nearly two decades. Across a variety of roles, he has been at the center of a number of significant high-profile reviews. We discuss police careerists, the growth of oversight regimes, and the need for a plan to win. There's also some reflection on the former prevalence of violence at weddings in the east end of London.
Aug 29, 2019
#13 (Renee Mitchell)
Dr. Renee Mitchell is a sergeant in the Sacramento police department, California, and a co-founder and current president of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. In a wide-ranging chat, we explore the myriad ways research can help 21st century policing. We also cover her Sacramento Hot Spots Experiment, how policing research is like following the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and its lack of evidence base, "Make it stop" policing, and the lack of science around police-involved shootings.
Jul 24, 2019
#12 (Ian Hesketh)
Dr. Ian Hesketh was a British police officer for 30 years and is now the Wellbeing Lead at the UK's College of Policing and the key leadership figure for the National Police Wellbeing Service. We talk about officer wellness and resiliency in the face of mounting challenges.
Jun 25, 2019
#11 (Rob Briner)
Rob Briner is Professor of Organizational Psychology in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. He tells me about the vital role of accountability in pushing evidence-based practice, the appeal of apparent simplicity and good intentions that can trap people in harmful responses, the three words managers can't seem to say, and the idea of watchful waiting.
Jun 12, 2019
#10 (Geoff Barnes)
Geoff Barnes is the Director of Criminology for the Western Australia Police Force. Our chat covers how not to do literature reviews, promoting evidence-based policing, and the role of senior leadership in making that vision sustainable, sometimes with only 90 seconds-a-year effort.
May 08, 2019
#09 (Charis Kubrin)
The recent evaluation of the impact of California's Prop 47 by Charis Kubrin (Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine) has attracted significant attention, both academically and politically. Hear why it has been so controversial.
Apr 17, 2019
#08 (John Eck)
John Eck is a professor at the University of Cincinnati and the originator of the SARA model of problem-oriented policing. We discuss his work around investigation management, the nonsense and unreliability of clearance rates, the true value of detective work, the failings of community policing, and what he learned about place management from a cemetery.
Apr 01, 2019
#07 (Geoff Alpert)
I catch up with Geoff Alpert, professor of criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, and a stalwart of the policing research field for over 30 years. We discuss how to get research into the hands of police officers, and what are the essential skills for a new policing researcher coming out of a graduate program.
Mar 12, 2019
#06 (Wendy Stiver)
A chat with Major Wendy Stiver(Dayton, OH PD) about overcoming resistance to evidence-based policing, and her new role as the first practitioner-in-residence for the National Institute of Justice's LEADS scholar program.
Feb 04, 2019
#05 (Tamara Herold)
Dr. Tamara Herold explains the award-winning PIVOT project and how Cincinnati has used it to reduce crime and shootings.
Jan 07, 2019
#04 (Kim Rossmo)
Kim Rossmo discusses his latest work trying to better understand investigative failures and why solvable cases go cold.
Nov 19, 2018
#03 (Jakob Lindergaard-Bentzen)
I discuss with Jakob Lindergaard-Bentzen (program manager with the Danish National Police) the challenges of promoting and supporting ILP, the complexity of the modern detective role, and how to staff and sustain an analysis unit. We even use the one word that you weren't allowed to use in the Danish police until a couple of years ago.
Oct 30, 2018
#02 (Mike Newman)
In this second episode of Reducing Crime, I talk with Detective Inspector Mike Newman of the Queensland Police Service in Australia. We chat about the development of evidence-based policing in their force, and how they have forged relationships with local academics. QPS have emerged as one of the most progressive police agencies developing new approaches to identifying best practice.
Aug 07, 2018
#01 (Tom Nestel)
In this, the pilot episode of Reducing Crime, I talk with police chief Tom Nestel about the need for ongoing education, innovation in leadership, building trust, the value of working in different departments, and evidence-based policing. We cover quite a bit in half an hour.
Jul 16, 2018