The Reducing Crime podcast
Reducing Crime is a monthly podcast featuring interviews with influential thinkers in the police service and leading crime and policing researchers working to advance public safety. The podcast is available directly from SoundCloud or Apple podcasts, where you can also subscribe to get access to new podcasts when they become available. You can also find the podcast in most dedicated podcast outlets, such as Stitcher, Spotify, and Google podcasts. Follow @_reducingcrime on twitter for updates on the latest episodes and news.
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#42: Justin Nix
Justin Nix's research centers on policing with emphasis on procedural justice, police legitimacy, and the use of deadly force. Dr. Nix was the recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Division of Policing “Early Career Award” in 2020, and is this year's “Outstanding Young Experimental Criminologist” awarded by the Division of Experimental Criminology. We chat about his research on procedural justice, police legitimacy, and the use of deadly force.
Justin Nix is a distinguished associate professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Justin has undergraduate, Masters and a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.
In the episode, the discussion covers his research on demeanor, his work on police shooting disparities, the turnover of police officers in one police department, and an article that refers to the iceberg phenomenon during the discussion of disparity not being the same as bias. You can read more of his research here.
Justin also references a blog post by Jerry Ratcliffe on why we can minimize, but not eliminate, bad police shootings.
You can follow him on Twitter @jnixy
#41: Charles Ramsey
Charles Ramsey is one of the most revered leaders in American policing. He joined the Chicago Police Department as a cadet in 1968 and rose to lead both the Washington DC Metro police department and the Philadelphia Police Department. He co-chaired President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The discussion covers 1960s racism in policing, recruitment, leadership, dealing with bad news, working with academics, compassion fatigue, identifying and promoting talent in the department, and mental health of police leadership when facing deaths in the ranks.
As mentioned in the introduction to the episode, Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders, is now available in Spanish.
Charles Ramsey joined the Chicago Police Department as a cadet in 1968, and was sworn-in in 1971. He was Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC during the Chandra Levy Murder Investigation, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, the 2001 Anthrax Attacks, and The 2002 DC Sniper Investigation.
In January 2008 he moved to be the police commissioner in Philadelphia, and during his tenure homicides dropped below 250 for the first time since the 1980s. In 2014 President Obama chose Ramsey to serve as Co-Chair of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Chuck Ramsey has also served as President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA).
He has bachelor and masters degrees from Lewis University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute, and the Naval Postgraduate School.