Dr. Rachel Boba Santos


Co-Director, Center for police practice, policy and research

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Office: CHBS Building, Room 4505 in Suite 4501
Phone: 540-831-5061
E-Mail: rsantos5@radford.edu


  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.A. Arizona State University
  • B.A. California Lutheran University

Dr. Santos joined the faculty in 2016.


Dr. Santos interests include conducting practice-based research which is implementing and evaluating evidence-based practices in the “real world” of criminal justice. In particular, she seeks to improve crime prevention and crime reduction efforts by police in areas such as crime analysis, problem solving, accountability, as well as leadership and organizational change. She and Dr. Roberto Santos co-created Stratified Policing which is an organizational model for systemizing proactive crime reduction strategies in police departments. Other areas of research include police/researcher partnerships, police/community collaboration, hot spot and problem-oriented policing, predictive policing, environmental criminology, crime and place, police/crime data and technology, experimental research methodology, and program evaluation.


Dr. Santos’ recent professional activity includes leading a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services grant to assist police departments in Virginia implementing proactive policing strategies and crime analysis. She is working with a state police agency in the Northeast and local police departments in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and California to improve their community collaboration efforts and implement Stratified Policing. She has completed two experiments partnering with a police agency to test the effectiveness of systematic police response in both short-term and long-term property crime hot spots and has served as a subject matter expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop a crime analysis toolkit. She regularly conducts presentations at state and international conferences, publishes peer-reviewed journal articles and guidebooks for police, as well as writes and administers grant funded research and technical assistance. She recently completed the fourth edition her book, Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping (Sage Publications, 2017) the only sole-authored textbook for crime analysis. Additional information about Dr. Santos’ research, publications, and other professional activities is available on her curriculum vita.