Sergeant Renée J. Mitchell

Sacramento Police Department

Renée J. Mitchell has served in the Sacramento Police Department for nineteen years and is currently a Police Sergeant. While other people golf, fish, or hunt, Renee goes to school. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento, a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

She was the 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow, where she attended the University of Cambridge Police Executive Program and completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. She is the President of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. You can find her TEDx talks “Research not protests” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop” (featured below) where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She is a Police Foundation Fellow, a member of the George Mason Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.

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.

Commissioner Andrew Colvin

Australian Federal Police

Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer, having joined the AFP in 1990.  He spent the majority of his early investigational career within the AFP’s Sydney Office where he progressed through the ranks of the organisation investigating a range of serious and organised crime offences, particularly narcotic importations, money laundering, politically motivated crime and terrorist financing.

Between 2002 and 2005 Andrew coordinated the national and international aspects of the AFP’s response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing. This was followed by leadership opportunities as AFP Chief of Staff, National Manager of High Tech Crime Operations and a number of Deputy Commissioner roles.

In 2003 Andrew was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the Bali bombings and Australia’s counter terrorism frameworks and in 2008 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and awarded the Australian Police Medal.

Andrew holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, attained in 2010, and was appointed the AFP’s 7th Commissioner in October 2014.

He is a passionate advocate for the role of policing in society and in government and is a Male Champion of Change – striving to achieve significant and sustainable increases in the representation of women in leadership positions.

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. 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.

Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing

The Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP) was formed in April 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. The ANZSEBP is a police practitioner-led Society. The mission of the ANZSEBP is to develop, disseminate and advocate for police to use scientific research (“the evidence”) to guide best practice in all aspects of policing. The ANZSEBP Chairperson serves on the Executive Board of the British Society of Evidence Based Policing, ensuring that the ANZSEBP works cooperatively with an international group of police to advance evidence based policing.

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