Dr Justin Ready

Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Dr Justin Ready is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.  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, the link between crime and public health, 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 evolution police command and control structures, the effects of active shooter incidents on officer memory, and the impact of body cameras and GPS technology on police operations.  His publications have appeared in academic journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Experimental Criminology and Justice Quarterly.

Lessons Learned from an International Review of Police Command and Control for the New Zealand Police

This presentation will discuss the outcomes from a report which provides a critical review and analysis of what we know about police command and control based on the published literature supplemented by in-person interviews with 21 police executives and commanders from six countries, focusing on the command structure, operations and training in their individual jurisdictions. We broadly define command and control as involving the structure, procedures, tactical and strategic operations, and training relating to four general domains of responsibility that police are call upon to manage: 1) Business as Usual (BAU) response to crime, calls for service and public order requests; 2) critical incidents relating to active shooters and Counter-Terrorism (CT) threats; 3) planned and unplanned events and protests; and 4) natural disasters.