2019 Invited Speakers



Sergeant Renée J. Mitchell

Sacramento Police Department

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. She is a co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a National Police Foundation Fellow, a BetaGov Fellow, a member of the George Mason Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. Her research areas include policing, evidence-based crime prevention, evaluation research and methods, place-based criminology, police/citizen communication and procedural justice. She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. She has an edited book with Dr. Laura Huey, Evidence Based Policing: An introduction.

Dr Geoffrey Barnes

Western Australia Police Force

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. His research interests also include the use of restorative justice and cognitive behavioural therapy with criminal offenders, the effects of swift and certain sanctions on illegal behaviour, the connections between criminal justice involvement and mortality, and the employment of large data sets derived from official government systems.

He earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Maryland, and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at Cambridge, he had previous appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Maryland, and Australian National University.

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. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Experimental Criminology, past Chair of the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division of Experimental Criminology (2014–2015), an elected Fellow and past president of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC), and an elected fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, Australia and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Professor Mazerolle is the recipient of the 2018 ASC Thorsten Sellin & Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award, the 2016 ASC Division of Policing Distinguished Scholar Award, the 2013 AEC Joan McCord Award, and the 2010 ASC Division of International Criminology Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award. She has won numerous US and Australian national competitive research grants on topics such as third party policing, police engagement with high risk people and disadvantaged communities, community regulation, problem-oriented policing, police technologies, civil remedies, street-level drug enforcement and policing public housing sites.

Professor Gloria Laycock

Jill Dando Institute, UCL

Gloria Laycock is an internationally renowned expert in crime prevention, and especially situational approaches which seek to design out situations which provoke crime.

She graduated in Psychology from UCL in 1968 and began her career as a prison psychologist. In 1975 she completed her PhD, working at Wormwood Scrubs prison in West London. Building on her PhD research, she commenced work in the late 1970s at the Home Office where she stayed for over thirty years, dedicating the last twenty to research and development in the policing and crime prevention fields.

She founded the Home Office Police Research Group, and edited its publications on policing and crime prevention for seven years. She has been a consultant on policing and crime prevention in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, the UAE and Europe. She was an advisor to HEUNI, a UN affiliated crime prevention organisation based in Helsinki from 2001 until 2012 and has acted as a UN consultant in Myanmar.

In 1999 she was awarded an International Fellowship by the United States National Institute of Justice in Washington DC, followed by a four-month consultancy at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra. She returned to the UK to become the founding director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science in 2001. The institute engages a wide range of sciences and design experts in cross-disciplinary work in collaboration with police and industry to find new ways to reduce crime. She was founding editor of the Crime Science book series and was Editor in Chief of the Crime Science Journal until 2018.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for services to crime policy.

Deputy Commissioner Karl Kent

Australian Federal Police

As the Commonwealth TSOC Coordinator, Karl’s role is to lead the national effort to combat the rapidly evolving threat posed by TSOC, including child exploitation, illicit drugs, illicit firearms and money laundering.
Karl has a distinguished career in policing and national security operations, in both the AFP and Victoria Police. He has served the community for more than 30 years, in Australia and overseas. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the investigation into the Bali bombings in 2002. In 2004, Karl led an Australian Police Disaster Victim Identification team to Thailand in
response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. He was subsequently elected as Joint Chief of Staff during the crisis, and later awarded a Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his contribution to the operation. Karl specialises in close operational support, organisational reform, and delivery of new capabilities and services. He is a strong champion for innovation, process improvement and change. Karl has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and an Advanced Diploma of Forensic Investigation from the Canberra Institute of Technology.


Dr Simon Walsh

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.

Prior to his current executive leadership responsibilities, Simon built a career in forensic science leadership and practice.  As the AFP Chief Forensic Scientist, he developed a reforming vision for AFP Forensics and implemented structural and cultural transformation including the specialist design and function of the new AFP Forensic Facility.  From 2008-2016 Simon was the AFP National Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commander. In this capacity he led numerous major operations including an international operational leadership role in Operation Bring Them Home (the downing of MH17). Prior to joining the AFP in 2006 Simon held a variety of professional and academic positions in Australia and New Zealand.

Complimenting his operational achievements Simon has an established global reputation as a specialist and innovator. He has authored a textbook on DNA Evidence Interpretation, and over 100 book chapters and refereed articles. Simon received his PhD in 2009 and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of Canberra.

In recognition of his service and achievements, Simon has received a range of external awards including the Public Service Medal, Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal and National Emergency Medal under the Australian Honours framework.  In 2014, Simon was awarded the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and the Faculty of Science UTS Alumni of the Year.

Mr Milan Orgad


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. He has provided strategic advice on intergovernmental policy and legislation across governments, non-governmental agencies and the wider community. Milan holds a Masters of Arts, Political and Social Science from Monash University (Victoria), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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.  In 2014 he joined the Australia and New Zealand Society for Evidence Based Policing and became the Secretariat for the Society in 2015.  Mike was promoted to Inspector in 2015.  In 2016 Mike undertook a 15-month secondment as the Evidence Based Policing Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland where he worked collaboratively with the UQ Criminology team led by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle on a number of EBP projects. Since that time, Mike has undertaken duties as the Detective Inspector, managing the Investigations and Intelligence Training Unit and now is the Inspector, Leadership Centre as part of the Operational Policing and Leadership Group.

Mr 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. During his 18 year career as a sworn officer, Simon has led and operationalised numerous field experiments testing hot spots policing, procedural justice, deferred prosecutions and crime prevention through environmental design. In May 2019 Simon transferred to New Zealand Police Service as a Manager within the newly established Evidence Based Policing Centre. Simon leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, knowledge experts, service designers and experienced police officers to test police practice in an applied context, promote evidence based policing and build the capability of officers and staff to make decisions based on the best available evidence of what works, what doesn’t and what looks promising in policing.

Simon supports the Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing in the role of Secretariat and is currently the Managing Editor of the society’s journal, Police Science.

In 2019 Simon was nominated as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, Division of Experimental Criminology.

Mr 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.  He led the organisational reviews of persons in custody and crime scene services.  He has experience as a police prosecutor and a detective and more recently has overseen the drug and alcohol, victims, crime prevention and research portfolios.  He is an Executive Member of the Australia New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing and is bridging the gap between academia and policing in Victoria.

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. Sarah is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology with significant international expertise in conducting complex trials to inform policy and practice.

A/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. His ARC Future Fellowship aims to develop and test metrics and methods to evaluate case-managed interventions and community-based programs targeting individuals who have been convicted for a terrorist offence or have been identified as at risk of radicalising to violent extremism. This includes the assessment of a number of intervention programs in Australia and collecting primary quantitative and qualitative data on program outcomes, including from clients and staff. Other projects have included identifying available data sources and measures for CVE evaluation. His research has also focused on community cooperation in counter-terrorism and police engagement of Muslim communities in counter-terrorism efforts. He has secured grants from the Australian Research Council, the US Air Force, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Queensland Department of Communities, New South Wales Corrective Services and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

Superintendent 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. Bruce has a strong interest in Restorative Justice and how it can be used to reduce recidivism and victimisation. He has contributed to research on Iwi Community Panels in New Zealand which use restorative justice principles with the intent of keeping low level offending out of the criminal justice system and providing victims a voice in the process. In December 2018, Bruce was appointed as the inaugural Director of Evidence Based Policing in New Zealand and leads a large team of academics and operational practitioners nationally. Bruce is excited about the possibilities EBP presents for Law Enforcement in Australasia and looks forward to further collaborating with academic institutes and Law Enforcement internationally.

Mr 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. His own research focuses on the criminal careers of organised crime offenders and outlaw motorcycle gangs. He has published extensively in the area of policing, including policing responses to domestic violence, police investigations and use of technology, police partnerships and crime analysis to inform policing.

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. His research focuses on crime hot spots and the impact of new technology on police practices. He is the 2013 recipient of the Young Experimental Scholar Award and the 2016 recipient of the Award for the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial. Recently, he has studied the effects of active shooter incidents on officer memory/cognition, and the impact of body worn video and GPS technology on police management and operations. His publications have appeared in academic journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Experimental Criminology and Justice Quarterly.