A monthly podcast featuring conversations with influential thinkers in the police service and leading crime and policing researchers working to advance public safety. Often amusing, often enlightening, always informative. Jerry Ratcliffe (professor and former police officer) chats to a range of international guests covering police, policing, crime science, criminology, criminal justice, and public safety policy. Details and transcripts at reducingcrime.com/podcast.
#65 (Martin Bouchard)
In this episode of the Reducing Crime podcast, host Jerry Ratcliffe interviews Martin Bouchard, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University, about social network analysis and its application to understanding gangs and organized crime groups. Bouchard explains the concepts of social network analysis, including dyads and brokers, and discusses how police can use this understanding to strategically target and disrupt criminal activity. He also highlights the similarities between gang networks and police corruption networks. Bouchard emphasizes the importance of combining social network analysis with contextual knowledge and intelligence to gain a comprehensive understanding of criminal networks. The episode concludes with a discussion on the role of social and human capital in criminal organizations and the potential for disruption and informant recruitment.
#64 (Dave Cowan)
In this episode of the Reducing Crime Podcast, host Jerry Ratcliffe interviews Detective Superintendent Dave Cowan of Australia's Victoria Police. They discuss Cowan's journey into evidence-based policing (EBP) and the experiments he has conducted, including a focused deterrence trial and a trial using behavioral science to reduce failure to appear at court. They also discuss the importance of rigorous testing and evaluation in policing strategies, the need for better communication and application of research in policing, and the challenges and progress in implementing EBP within police organizations. Cowan emphasizes the importance of leadership, curiosity, and innovation in driving change and improving policing practices.
#63 (Seth Williams)
In this episode of Reducing Crime, host Jerry Ratcliffe interviews Seth Williams, the former Philadelphia District Attorney who was convicted and incarcerated on charges related to the receipt of undisclosed gifts. Williams discusses his time in prison and the role of the District Attorney. He talks about his background and experiences as a prosecutor, as well as his efforts to implement community-based prosecution and reduce gun violence in Philadelphia. Williams also shares his views on holding people accountable for illegal firearms possession and addressing the drug crisis through a combination of harm reduction and social services. He emphasizes the importance of treating trauma and providing interventions at an early age to prevent crime and reduce recidivism. Williams also discusses his current work in helping individuals with reentry and officiating weddings.
#62 (Ron Clarke)
In this episode of "Reducing Crime," host Jerry Ratcliffe sits down with criminology legend Ron Clarke to discuss his career and contributions to the field. Clarke is known for his development of situational crime prevention and the rational choice perspective on crime. He emphasizes the importance of practical application in criminology and the need for targeted interventions based on careful analysis of micro-environments associated with crime. Clarke also discusses his frustration with mainstream criminology's lack of focus on practical solutions and the challenges of getting his ideas recognized in academia. Despite this, he was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2015. Clarke also touches on his collaborations with Derek Cornish and his current work on successful case studies of situational prevention of suicide. Overall, Clarke's work has had a significant impact on crime prevention and has highlighted the importance of considering environmental factors in understanding and preventing crime.
#61 (Terry Cherry)
In this episode of the ReducingCrime Podcast, host Jerry Ratcliffe interviews Terry Cherry, a recruiting officer with the Charleston South Carolina Police Department. Cherry discusses her evidence-based approach to police recruitment and retention, as well as her work with academic colleagues. She emphasizes the importance of treating recruitment like a business, understanding the competition, and systematizing the recruitment process. Cherry also highlights the need for police departments to provide good customer service, care about the well-being of applicants, and create an inspirational aspect to recruitment. She shares her experience in creating evidence-based recruitment videos and the importance of focusing on social impact in attracting potential candidates. Cherry also discusses the changing expectations of recruits, the need for police departments to adapt to societal changes, and the potential consequences of failing to do so.
#60 (Andrew Lemieux)
Andrew Lemieux manages the Problem-Oriented Wildlife Protection program for LEAD Ranger – an organization that supports wildlife park rangers around the world. Dr. Lemieux is also the editor-in-chief of the Wilderness Problems Resource Portal, an open-source collection of guides and manuals specifically written for field teams and hosted by the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. We talk about poaching, wildlife crime, habitat management and problem-solving in these unique and diverse wilderness places.
Helpful and Interesting!
Some podcasts are fun to listen to, and some provide helpful information — this one does both. I appreciate the broad range of experts, which allows for a better understanding of how complex policing is in today’s society, and how to strive to make it both effective and just.
It’s not about what people want to hear, it’s about the facts.
This is an excellent resource for practitioners, students, academics, and the public at large. It provides a real world look into policing and the ways that we can reduce crime successfully using research.