2021 Online Conference
"10 Challenges to Policing"
This year's conference will take place online, with one session every Wednesday being broadcast live from 24th March 2021.
As the sessions will be broadcast live to Twitter and YouTube, please ensure you are using a device that allows access to these platforms.
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This Year's Speakers
Professor Lawrence Sherman
SEBP honorary chair & University of Cambridge
Professor Sherman is the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing and the Wolfson Professor of Criminology Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. Professor Sherman is affiliated with the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where he is the Director of the Police Executive Programme and a Director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology.
Commander Alex Murray
SEBP chair & Metropolitan Police Service
Evidence Based Practice: How Is It The Answer to The Challenges Of Policing
Professor Jason Roach
Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield
Jason Roach is Professor of Psychology and Policing and Director of the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, at the University of Huddersfield. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the Police Journal. Jason has co-written three books with Professor Ken Pease, including ‘Self-Selection Policing’ (2016) and over thirty book chapters and research papers on a range of crime and policing topics including; child homicide, criminal investigation, police decision-making, the nudge approach to reducing crime, criminal decision making and cold case investigation. Jason is the Editor-in Chief for ‘The Police Journal’, published by Sage.
Moving beyond ‘nudge’. How to reduce crime and influence people.
Unless you have been inhabiting another planet for the past ten years, then you are likely to be aware of Thaler and Sunstein’s ‘nudge’ approach to encouraging us humans into making more ‘prosocial choices’ (2008). Examples include’ nudging’ to help people give up smoking and to encourage people to donate their organs when they die (the former presumably prolonging a promise to do the latter). In terms of a means by which crime might be reduced, then the uptake of nudge continues to lag behind its application in health and social policy initiatives. It is suggested here, that this is primarily because there has been little advancement in nudge thinking in a crime reduction direction, nor has it become more bespoke to policing in the same way that it has for numerous public health issues. Several ideas for how nudge thinking might be advanced, by making it more in tune with policing are presented (e.g. NUDGE-IT), along with the suggestion that by moving current thinking beyond ‘nudge’ towards a broader ‘psychology of influence’ approach, this will be more appealing to those charged with reducing crime.
Supt Will Hodgkinson
Domestic abuse: how to protect effectively
Dr Krisztian Posch
Department of Security and Crime Science
University College London
Professor Jonathan Jackson
London School of Economics
Police in the classroom: what really?
Supt Ryan Doyle
Devon and Cornwall Police
Targeting missing persons most likely to come to harm
Council on Criminal Justice
First let’s stop the bleeding: urban violence and what to do about it
Thomas Abt teaches, studies, and writes about the use of evidence-informed approaches to address urban gun violence and other public safety problems. He is the author of Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence - and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets, published by Basic Books in June 2019. Abt is a Senior Fellow with the Council on Criminal Justice in Washington, DC, where he directs the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. Prior to the Council, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy and Law Schools. Before that, he held leadership positions in the New York Governor's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice. Abt’s work has been featured in major media outlets, including the Atlantic, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. His TED talk on saving lives by stopping violence has received over 170,000 views.
Prof. Tom Kirchmaier
Director Policing and Crime, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.
Joining Forces? Crewing Size and The Productivity of Policing
Professor Kirchmaier is the Director of the Crime and Policing programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, and Professor of Risk at the Copenhagen Business School. His interest is large-scale quantitative data analysis. He works very closely with all urban police forces (Met, GMP, WMP), as well as most other forces on the full spectrum of questions on policing and crime. Last year, he developed for and with the Home Office, an evaluation tool of police (Randomised Control) Trials, and previously worked on demand prediction work for HMICFRS and the NCA, amongst others.
Dr. Renee Mitchell
Senior Police Researcher, RTI International, and co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing
The top 10 ways to challenge how the police should think
Professor Simon Harding
Professor in Criminology at University of West London
Urban youth violence: insights for police officers and policy makers
Simon is Professor in Criminology at University of West London (UWL) and Director of the National Centre for Gang Research at UWL. He advises the Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service, National Crime Agency and HMICFRS on youth violence, gangs, knives and county lines.
Simon has over 35 years practitioner/professional experience in crime reduction partnerships and community safety including with the Home Office, Hackney council, Islington council and as Crime Reduction Director in Lambeth. He has worked on over 2,500 UK social housing estates, authored numerous reports and in 1999 invented Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs).
His books The Street Casino: survival in violent street gangs (2014) won the Frederick Thrasher Award for 2014 for Superior Gang Research. Current research includes Moped Crime, Drill music, Acid Attacks, Knife Crime, County Lines. His new book with Bristol University Press is County Lines: exploitation and drug dealing amongst urban street gangs.
Inspector Andreas Varotsis
Metropolitan Police Service
The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach: How data science helps us understand policing & how policing helps us understand our own data
Andreas is an inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). He is also a Quantitative Crime Scientist, working in the Strategic Insights Unit, which is a multidisciplinary team at the Met providing analytical support to the Commissioner and Management Board of the MPS. The team combine advanced econometric and data science methods with randomised controlled trials, behavioural science and operational policing experience.
Andreas’ area of focus is quantitative modelling, drawing on both econometric and algorithmic tools of analysis, large datasets, and operational insight to provide high quality advice to the most senior decision makers in the MPS.
Andreas also has a particular interest in deploying disruptive technologies in policing, and helps coordinate Police Rewired, a community bringing together volunteers from the civic tech community and policing practitioners to prototype new tools to fight crime.