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Current Projects

Center for Crime and Justice Policy/Nevada Statistical Analysis Center

Fremont Street Disorder
This study is designed to develop a better understanding of crime and disorder concerns around the Fremont Street Experience. Project staff, working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, developed a survey that asks respondents about their perceptions of crime, disorder, and police presence. Researchers, police, and other agencies will use information from this study to improve perceptions of safety around Fremont Street. Please contact Bill Sousa for additional information.
LVMPD Body Worn Cameras
The body worn camera (BWC) is a recent technological innovation to enter American policing. This study is designed to determine the impact of body worn cameras on police operations. Project staff members, working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, are working on procedures to determine whether BWCs reduce complaints of officer misconduct, false allegations against officers, and use of force by officers. Please contact Bill Sousa for additional information.
Policing Pioneers – An Oral History
This project seeks to describe the intellectual development of policing as an academic discipline using an oral history methodology. The policing studies from the 1960s–1970s are significant because they mark the first large-scale efforts by academics to systematically understand and improve police practices. While the scholars and their studies are well known, the events that gave rise to the research are not well understood or chronicled. CCJP is, therefore, in the process of interviewing police researchers who are largely viewed as the forerunners of contemporary police scholarship. Please contact Bill Sousa for additional information.
Prisoner Re-Entry in Nevada
Although policymakers have recognized the importance of prisoner re-entry, there has been little research in Nevada in terms of the effectiveness of re-entry programs. This project examines a community-based re-entry program that provides job readiness training and mentor support for ex-offenders returning from prison. The project is designed to collect information on ex-offenders participating in the program, evaluate the effectiveness of the program, report on the role held by the mentor volunteers, and develop policies and guidelines for re-entry programs throughout the state. Please contact Bill Sousa for additional information.
Public Attitudes Toward Aerial Drones
The growth of drone technology has given rise to questions about surveillance and privacy. This project seeks to describe public awareness and acceptance of drone usage. The project is specifically concerned with public attitudes toward drone use in different contexts (i.e., by the military, by the media, by police, by private businesses, etc.). Please contact Terry Miethe for additional information.
School Violence Prevention in Nevada
The School Violence Initiative (SVI) is a formal collaboration among four police agencies that serve Southern Nevada: the Clark County School District Police Department (CCSDPD), the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), the Henderson Police Department (HPD), and the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD). The SVI employs interventions that facilitate the collection, management, and dissemination of intelligence in an effort to reduce opportunities for school shootings and other forms of school violence. This study is designed to assess levels of violence in Clark County schools, evaluate the impact of the SVI, and establish guidelines for implementing violence reduction programs in other Nevada school districts. Please contact Tamara Madensen for additional information.
SMART Policing – LVMPD Saturation Patrol
Using an experimental design, this project examines the effectiveness of the Las Vegas Police Department’s (LVMPD) Saturation Team as officers perform directed patrol activities in 12 crime “hot spots” around the Las Vegas Valley. The study uses calls for service data to compare official measures of crime between treatment and control groups and survey data to compare differences in citizens’ perception of crime, fear of crime, and police activity. Please contact Bill Sousa for additional information.

Crowd Management Research Council

Managing Political Protests
CMRC faculty and staff, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, are developing training materials for police agencies on the topic of managing political protests. Sgt. Robert Kroll and Tamara Madensen delivered training on managing political protests to police and crime analysts at the international 2013 Problem-Oriented Policing Conference. A copy of the presentation can be found here. Please contact Tamara Madensen for additional information.
Managing Fan Safety/Violence Around Escalators
In 2013, the CMRC was commissioned to study threats to safety and security on and around escalators in large sports venues. Several best practice venue escalator management strategies were identified as the result of this project. CMRC faculty and staff, in conjunction with industry experts and professionals, are currently developing materials for escalator safety presentations and trainings. Please contact Tamara Madensen for additional information.
Police Academy Crowd Management Training
The CMRC is currently working with the Silver State Law Enforcement Academy to develop P.O.S.T.-certified police academy curriculum on effective crowd management. This curriculum offers training on crowd psychology, collective violence prevention techniques, de-escalation strategies, and tactical responses to crowd safety and security threats. Please contact Tamara Madensen for additional information.
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