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Rutgers Center on Public Security, Rutgers University
Parole, Risk-based policing, Surveillance, Criminogenic spatial modeling, Risk terrains, Global threat assessment, Crisis mapping, Drug markets and shootings

Faculty Members
Joel Caplan, Deputy Director

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Leslie W Kennedy, Director
123 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-353-3310
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 5
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): No
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    Police, parole, community corrections, national security

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    GIS training in risk terrain modeling

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    State of New Jersey AG office

  • Current Projects:
    Advancing RTM Methods and Theories of Existing Places: RTM offers a statistically valid way to articulate and communicate criminogenic and vulnerable areas at the micro-level. RTM is used for crime analysis and the study of global threats. This ongoing, multi-part, endeavor is being done in collaboration with internationally renowned criminologists, mathematicians, computer programmers, and public safety and security practitioners. Projects seek to identify current limitations of risk terrain modeling (RTM) methods, to advance RTM and other methods of spatial risk analysis (SRA), and to make SRA methods more accessible to a variety of users with different skill sets. Specific studies include issues of vulnerability and exposure, evaluating place-based interventions, crime persistence, conditional locational interdependence, simulation modeling, and crime types and settings.

    Policing by Place: A Multi-level Analysis of the Effectiveness of Risk Terrain Modeling for Allocating Police Resources (NIJ; Award #2013-IJ-CX-0053)

    A Multi-jurisdictional Test of Risk Terrain Modeling and a Place-based
    Evaluation of Environmental Risk-Based Patrol Deployment Strategies (NIJ; Award #2012-IJ-CX-0038)

    Detection of Crime, Resource Deployment, and Predictors of Success: A Multi-Level Analysis of CCTV in Newark, NJ (NIJ; Award #2010-IJ-CX-0026)

    Environmental Corrections

    Behavioral Geography

    Terrorism and Global Threats

    Calgary Project

    Campus Safety Project

    CIT and Mental Health Service Accessibility in Police Encounters: Impact on Outcomes(NIH; Award #1R01MH096744-01A1)

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    Current federal rates

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:
    Publicly available

  • Organizational policies on publications:
    Publicly available and some are downloadable from our web site.

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 8
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