2019 Program

Conference Handbook

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Thursday 31 October 2019

0800-0830 Arrival tea and coffee and Registration
Chair: Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz

0830-0915 Welcome and Opening Address | Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing
Welcome to Country | Wally Bell
Opening Address | Dr Rick Brown, Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Criminology

Awards Presentation | Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz

  • Distinguished Police Scientist Award
  • Outstanding Police Experiment Award
0915-1000 Police Training: What works, what doesn’t, and how we should change the future of police training
Renée Mitchell, Sacramento Police Department, ASEBP Executive Committee Member

Renée J. Mitchell has served in the Sacramento Police Department for twenty- one years and is currently a Police Sergeant. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.B.A., a J.D., and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow where completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. You can view her TEDx talks, “Research not protests” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop”, where she advocates for evidence-based policing. Full biography

1000-1030 The art and science of policing
Dr Simon Walsh PSM, National Manager Specialist Operations, Australian Federal Police

As the National Manager Specialist Operations Dr Simon Walsh leads a critical capability portfolio that amalgamates the AFP’s Forensics and Intelligence functions.  With other members of the AFP’s Senior Executive Simon sets the agencies strategic direction and drives organisational performance and change.  Simon works across government and industry sectors and represents the AFP on multiple national and international leadership forums addressing national security, intelligence and innovation issues.  Full biography

1030-1045 ANZPAA cross-jurisdictional research priorities
Milan Orgad, ANZPAA

Milan Orgad leads a team of innovation and research experts at the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA). In this role, he oversees projects that focus on current and future forecasting. These forecasts are analysed to provide meaningful evidence that aids police decision-making, and in this way, allows them to focus their education, research and project activities to better meet all potential future needs. Prior to working at ANZPAA, Milan was involved in government and public policy development in Australia and New Zealand.  Full biography

1045-1115 Morning Tea
Chair: Dr Geoffrey Barnes, WA Police Force

1115-1145 Investigations Training: An experimental test of the effectiveness of the Introduction to Investigations course for general duties police officers
Inspector Mike Newman, Queensland Police Service

Mike has over 27 years’ service, having worked in a variety of areas including: general duties; regional and specialised crime units; criminal investigation branches; tactical crime squad; and a number of corporate roles.  Mike has also been seconded to the Australian Crime Commission. In 2013, as a Senior Sergeant in Brisbane Region, he managed an Evidence Based Policing project – the Mobile Police Community Office. Full biography

1145-1215 The evidence base for routine interventions: Findings from the UK, Western Australia & New Zealand
Simon Williams, New Zealand Police

Simon began his police career with the West Midlands Police in 2002, working across frontline operational roles including Neighbourhood Policing, Roads Policing and Offender Management. During his time leading offender management Simon took the opportunity to complete a Master’s Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge. In 2016 Simon transferred to the Western Australian Police Service as a Senior Sergeant, leading a team under The Police Innovation and Improvement Command to operationalise Evidence Based Policing. Full biography

1215-1245 What is the context of police and court diversion in Victoria and what opportunities exist for increasing police diversion of offenders?
Superintendent David Cowan, Victoria Police

David Cowan has been a member of Victoria Police for 29 years and is Superintendent within the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.  He has led a range of organisational reforms including the establishment of the first Family Violence Command in Australia as well as the formation Counter Terrorism Command. Full biography

1245-1315 Transforming sexual assault investigation training: Using evidence to inform practice
Dr Sarah Bennett, University of Queensland

Dr Sarah Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include evidence-based policing, procedural justice and legitimacy, and crime prevention. These interests are interwoven within three research aims to 1) advance the role of police and police training in improving outcomes for victims, offenders and communities, 2) understand mechanisms that produce sustainable crime control benefits and 3) innovate rigorous research methods in real world settings. Full biography

1315-1415 Lunch
Chair: Stefanie Bradley, KPMG
1415-1435 Leading with Evidence: Senior Leadership and Evidence-Based Policing
Warwick Jones, Australian Institute of Police Management
1435-1530 Panel:

  • Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, New South Wales Police Force
  • Warwick Jones, Australian Institute of Police Management
  • Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing
  • Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford, Crime, Counter Terrorism & Specialist Operations, Queensland Police Service
1530-1545 Afternoon Tea
SESSION 6: EBP IN PRACTICE (short shot presentations)
Child sexual exploitation & family & domestic violence | Members Dining Room 2
Chair: Superintendent David Cowan, Victoria Police
Responses to serious & organised crime | Members Dining Room 3
Chair: Anthony Morgan, AIC
1545-1600 A randomised controlled trial of counter child exploitation material risk assessment tools
 Dr David Mount
Using evidenced-based research to select effective covert officers
Detective Monica Semrad
1600-1615 Sex offender register Priority Persons of Interest tool (SPPI)
Dr Karla Lopez, Craig Darragh
What factors motivate individuals to join and disaffiliate from organised crime gangs?
Dr Julianne Webster
1615-1630 Predicting repeat domestic violence: Improving police risk assessment
Dr Christopher Dowling
The case to consider victimological factors when analysing Organised Crime characteristics
Inspector Mark Langhorn
1630-1645 The promise of focused deterrence approaches to domestic violence in Australia
Hayley Boxall
Structural and functional changes in an Australian high-level drug trafficking network after exposure to supply changes
Dr Matt O’Reilly
1645-1700 Can pre-recorded evidence raise conviction rates in cases of Domestic Violence?
Steve Yeong
Operation safer hotels: An ‘Inn-Telligence’ gathering strategy at Perth hotels
Jesse Parmar
1700-1715 Q&A Session Q&A Session

Cocktail Reception | King’s Hall

Welcome to the 2019 ANZSEBP Conference! This is the first social opportunity to catch up with your interstate colleagues and sponsors of the Meeting.  The cocktail reception also provides a great opportunity to meet delegates who are attending the conference for the first time.  Tickets are inclusive for all conference attendees.


Insights Tour of MoAD – Fully Booked!

This 30 minute tour provides amazing access to some of the most significant spaces in Australian political history, visiting the Old Parliament House Senate and House of Representatives chambers, Cabinet Room and Prime Minister’s Office.  Our guides complete the experience with a range of information, stories and anecdotes about the people, places and events in the very places where they occurred.

$5 per person, book during registration or by emailing mail@conferencedesign.com.au


Conference Dinner | Members’ Dining Room 2

It is with great pleasure that the Organising Committee of the 2019 ANZSEBP Conference invite you to attend the Conference Dinner in Members’ Dining Room 2 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Tickets are $120 and include three courses and drinks. Book during registration or by emailing mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

Friday 1 November 2019

0815-0845 ANZSEBP AGM – All members welcome | MEMBERS DINING ROOM 2, MoAD
0815-0845 Arrival and Registration
Chair: Dr Rick Brown & Dr Geoffrey Barnes
0845-0900 Welcome
Dr Rick Brown, Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Criminology
Dr Geoffrey Barnes, Vice President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing
Chair: Hamish Hansford, A/Deputy Secretary, Department of Home Affairs
0900-0945 Evidence Based Policing and Crime Science
Professor Gloria Laycock, UCL Jill Dando Institute

Gloria Laycock OBE was the founding Director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London (UCL), and ran UCL’s Centre for Security & Crime Science. She is an internationally renowned expert in crime prevention, and especially situational approaches which seek to design out situations which provoke crime. Full biography

Chair: Hamish Hansford, A/Deputy Secretary, Department of Home Affairs
0945-1015 Impact of drug law enforcement: An updated systematic review
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, University of Queensland

Lorraine Mazerolle is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2010–2015), a Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland, and a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC). Her research interests are in experimental criminology, policing, drug law enforcement, regulatory crime control, and crime prevention. Full biography

1015-1045 Morning Tea
Chair: Ciara Spencer, A/First Assistant Secretary, Department of Home Affairs

1045-1115 What works to counter violent extremism: The evaluation and effectiveness of case managed interventions
Associate Professor Adrian Cherney, University of Queensland

Adrian Cherney is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. He is also an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His current work focuses on the evaluation of programs aimed at countering violent extremism and he has undertaken research on the supervision of terrorist offenders in Australian who have been released into the community on parole. Full biography

1115-1145 The New Zealand Police EBP Journey
Bruce O’Brien, New Zealand Police

Superintendent Bruce O’Brien joined New Zealand Police in 1999 and has worked most of his career in operational and investigation roles in Auckland. While in a crime prevention role, he turned to available research on burglary which led him to the world of EBP and how research and data can complement police strategies and crime prevention initiatives. Full biography

1145-1215 Could research become the newest weapon in the fight against outlaw motorcycle gangs?
Anthony Morgan, Australian Institute of Criminology

Anthony Morgan is the Research Manager for the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Serious and Organised Crime Research Laboratory (SOCR-Lab), working closely with law enforcement and academia on research to understand and find ways to disrupt organised crime. Full biography

1215-1245 A front-end application of Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) to reduce harm at crime hot spots: The Melbourne experiment
Dr Justin Ready, Griffith University

Justin Ready has worked in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as a Senior Lecturer since 2016. He received his PhD at Rutgers University, where he served as Project Director in the Centre for Crime Prevention Studies. He later worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. Full biography

1245-1345 Lunch
Chair: Tony Alderman, AFP

1345-1415 Who forecasted it better? The battle between human cops and machine learning to predict future offending
Dr Geoffrey Barnes, WA Police

Dr Geoffrey Barnes is an Affiliated Lecturer in Evidence Based Policing, supervising students in the Police Executive Programme who are seeking their M.St. in Applied Criminology and Police Management. He has both led and participated in multiple randomised controlled trials, while also performing work on the actuarial forecasting of future criminal behavior, the development of crime and anti-social behaviour over the life course, and the use of cost incentives to promote better outcomes for children in foster care. Full biography

SESSION 6: EBP IN PRACTICE (short shot presentations)
Improving police practice & leadership | Members Dining Room 2
Chair: Mike Newman, QPS
Targeting high risk offenders & places | Members Dining Room 3
Chair: Simon Williams, NZ Police
1415-1430 Reducing child sexual exploitation
Senior Sergeant Craig Gye, Georgia Wearne
Exploring police demands for violent behaviour on State of Origin game nights
Claire Irvine
1430-1445 Predicting suspect resistance in arrests using a multivariate approach
Dr Kelly Hine
Predicting high harm family violence offenders using the WA Crime Harm Index
Paul House
1445-1500 Accelerating leadership development for senior police: The power of mentorship and the pivotal role played by superiors
Dr Shane Doyle
Operationalising POI Management to reduce community harm: An evidence based approach to targeting high risk offenders though a predicted risk tool
Peter Branca
1500-1515 Efficiency and effectiveness: Norwegian officers discuss their experiences of being temporarily routinely armed
Dr Ross Hendy
Licensed premises lighting: Creating ambience or violence
Sergeant Christopher Gregory
1515-1530 The Embedded Youth Outreach Program – an innovative Victoria Police led collaborative response to youth offending
Katherine Danylak, Dr Anne Sophie Pichler
Optimising parameter selection for predicting volume crime using hotspot mapping
Timothy Mashford
1530-1545 Q&A Session Q&A Session
Closing Session | MEMBERS DINING ROOM 2
Chair: Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz
1550-1600 Concluding Remarks and Handover
1600 Conference Close

Closing Reception | Members’ Bar

Join the organising committee at the iconic Members Bar for a farewell beverage.