News and Activities

  1. Radford University recognizes local law enforcement with Excellence in Policing Award  »

    11/16/2020

    Chief Scott C. Booth of the Danville Police Department is the Radford University Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research’s 2020 Excellence in Policing award recipient. The annual award is given to a current sworn police officer, supervisor, commander or executive who is a leader in his or her agency and has been a champion for implementing innovative strategies that bring about change and improve policing. 

  2. Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research receives additional grant »

    12/16/2019

    The Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research is continuing its strong tradition of impactful, community-oriented engagement and support by receiving a U.S. Department of Justice Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) grant.

  3. Regional partnership fuels Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research »

    12/6/2019

    The Center for Police, Practice, Policy and Research officially opened at Radford University in early 2019. Under the guidance of co-directors, Rachel Santos, Ph.D., and Roberto Santos, Ph.D., the Center received another grant.

  4. From FBI special agent to professor, Luke William Hunt’s unexpected career journey led him to Radford University »

    9/9/2019

    Before joining the Radford family, Luke William Hunt, J.D., Ph.D., served as an FBI Special Agent and clerked for a U.S. federal judge.

  5. Center for Police Policy, Practice and Research opens »

    5/8/2019

    A special ceremony that included the inaugural Excellence in Policing award officially opened the Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research on April 24 in Radford University’s College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Building.

  6. Eyes from the sky: criminal justice professor pursues drone research »

    12/14/2018

    Drones bring about thoughts of Sci-Fi classics, such as Terminator, which had SkyNet using drones to search for and gather people.

  7. Criminal Justice professor provides expertise to media »

    12/5/2018

    Radford University Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Luke William Hunt, a former FBI Special Agent, appeared in-studio at WFXR 21/27 on Good Day Virginia to discuss recent developments in the Russia Investigation. 

  8. Professor’s research establishes police response to micro-time crime hotspots as effective »

    11/19/2018

    Police have been working for years to identify patterns of micro-crime hotspots and debating response. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Roberto Santos, a former police commander, said that response to these events can reduce crime by about 20 percent.

     

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Salisbury, NC Police partnered with Drs. Santos in 2017 to implement Stratified Policing.  Chief Stokes discusses their crime reduction over the last several and the role of Stratified Policing in his agency. 

January 6, 2021: Overall crime figures down in Salisbury for 2020; final numbers to come

 

 

 

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos have partnered with the Putnam County, FL Sheriff's Office to implement Stratified Policing.  They are pictured here with Colonel Joseph Wells and Sheriff "Gator" DeLoachSee the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

January 1, 2021: Putnam County credits new strategy for dramatic drop in crimes

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Drs. Roberto (pictured above) and Rachel (pictured below) Santos recently conducted training for all ranks at the Matthews, NC Police Department as part of a comprehensive implementation of Stratified Policing in the department. 

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here with Chief Scott C. Booth and Danville, VA Police Department's command staff after accepting a Partnership Award from the Chief for their collaboration with DPD since January 2019 to implement Stratified Policing.   Click here for more information about the partnership. 

 

 

NEW!!  PODCAST ON STRATIFIED POLICING, CRIME ANALYSIS, AND MICRO-TIME HOTSPOTS RESEARCH

The following is a link to a 1-hour podcast with Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos who discuss the rational and structure of Stratified Policing, the role of crime analysts in crime reduction, and results of their experiment that tested short-term police response in property crime micro-time hotspots. 

NIRO Knowledge: Episode 19, The Drs Santos (September 11, 2020)

 

 

 

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are partnering with Washoe County, NV Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Darin Balaam to implement proactive crime reduction strategies through Stratified Policing. In the Fall of 2019, Drs. Santos conducted an assessment of the agency that resulted in specific recommendations for tailoring Stratified Policing and a step-by-step implementation plan.   See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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In Fall 2020, as part of Stratified Policing implementation, Drs. Santos conducted commander and executive training for Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office which included an overview of the approaches as well as sessions on crime analysis, accountability structure/meetings, and long-term problem solving. Separate sessions were conducted for sergeants, deputies, and detectives. 

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Dr. Steve Owen is pictured here at the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety in Denver, Colorado, where he attended an active assailant preparedness training session sponsored by the “I Love You Guys” Foundation.

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In 2019, Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos, pictured here with Chief Scott Booth and his command staff, partnered with the Danville, VA Police Department to implement Stratified Policing. In 2019, the City of Danville saw significant decreases in both violent and property crime after the implementation of Stratified Policing which is highlighted here in a TV news clip and a press conference held by Chief Booth at City Hall. 

July 2020: Data shows Danville crime on decline; leaders credit community approach to policing

 January 2020: Danville Police Announce New Strategy in Fighting Crime: Stratified Policing

January 2020: Danville Police Department: Full Press Conference

See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

 

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Drs. Santos are working with Chief Clark Pennington and the Matthews, NC Police Department (MPD) to implement Stratified Policing.  They recently conducted a two-day site visit to conduct interviews and focus groups as part of an organizational assessment that will result in specific recommendations for the department's implementation.  

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Dr. Rachel Santos is working with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on a project for the Topeka, KS Police Department to address non-fatal shootings. Pictured with Dr. Santos are Dr. Sean Goodison, Rachael Arietti,  Tom Wilson, and John Skaggs.  

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Drs. Rachel and Roberto Santos partnered with the Richmond County, GA School District Police Department and Chief Reginald Wade. In Summer 2019, they trained the entire department on proactive crime reduction, Stratified Policing, and in depth problem solving and will continue to assist the department and the school district to address fights, bullying, as well as issues related to drugs and guns on campuses.  See the Police Practice-Based Research for more information about this project.  

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos presented on proactive crime reduction and Stratified Policing at the Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference 2019 in Tampa Florida highlighting the work they have done with Walton County, FL and Putnam County, FL Sheriff's Offices

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In June 2019, Drs. Santos began their partnership with the Fort Myers, Florida Police Department to implement Stratified Policing. They are pictured here with Deputy Chief Randall Pepitone, Chief Derrick Diggs, and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Meyers. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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Dr. Rachel Santos presented the keynote on the first day of the International Association of Crime Analysts, entitled: "The Promising Future of Crime Analysis in Effective Policing."  The conference was held June 2019 in Calgary, Alberta and included crime analysts from around the US, Canada, and many European countries. 

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Since 2015, Dr. Roberto and Rachel Santos have partnered the Delaware State Police to enhance and evaluate its implementation of Stratified Policing. They recently spent two days with command staff conducting training on long-term problem solving, evaluation, and accountability. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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George Mason University Distinguished Professor David Weisburd, eminent police scholar and winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, pictured here with Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos after his recent talk at Radford University entitled, "Hots Spots of Crime and Placed-Based Prevention.

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The Center has worked with local SW Virginia police departments to implement proactive crime reduction strategies and Stratified Policing through a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Drs. Rachel and Roberto Santos pictured with the police chiefs of partner agencies, Don Goodman (Radford PD), Rick Arnold (Wytheville PD), Gary Roche (Pulaski PD), and Rick Clark (Galax PD)See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here with the Harrisonburg, VA Police Department command staff after conducting Stratified Policing training. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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Dr. Roberto and Rachel Santos worked with San Mateo County, CA Sheriff's Office to implement Stratified Policing and train their managers and commanders.   They are pictured here with Assistant Sheriff Gregory Rothaus and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos in Redwood City, CA at the agency's training. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project. 

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos pictured here with Port St. Lucie (FL) Police Department's Chief John Bolduc, command staff, crime analyst, and repeat offender program detectives after their completion of the Bureau of Justice Assistance SPI project entitled: "A Partially Blocked Randomized Controlled Trial of Offender-Focused Police Intervention in Residential Burglary and Theft from Vehicle Hot Spots."

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here at the annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference with Herman Goldstein who conceived and developed problem-oriented policing and received the International Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2018 for his global impact on the improvement of policing.

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos travelled to Montevideo, Uruguay, working with the Inter-American Development Bank to implement proactive crime reduction strategies and evaluate the results in the Montevideo Police Department.

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Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos present findings from their random controlled trial on micro-time hot spots at the annual Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis conference in Elche, Spain