Tamara D. Herold

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Crowd Management Research Council
Associate Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Graduate Director
Expertise: Place-based crime prevention, Crowd dynamics and violence

Biography

Tamara D. Herold received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the crime science perspective to study the criminogenic impact of the design and management of places, as well as crowd dynamics that lead to violence. Her research and teaching projects involve working directly with police, private security, and stadium/venue operators. She has authored numerous scholarly articles, books, technical reports, and problem-oriented policing guides sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Herold co-developed the nationally recognized violence reduction strategy P.I.V.O.T. (Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories). P.I.V.O.T. is designed to stop shootings in chronically violent urban locations. Police, city departments, and local communities work together to disrupt opportunities for violence, using a problem-oriented approach that focuses on uncovering and dismantling place-networks that permit violent activities. In 2017, P.I.V.O.T. was awarded the international Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. 

A Teaching and Learning Center Fellow at UNLV, Herold has been the recipient of the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, the College of Urban Affairs Teaching Award, and UNLV’s Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

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Tamara D. Herold In The News

The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2022
For decades, Philadelphia police have wrestled with managing the crowds that squeeze through South Street. Some residents and merchants says the neighborhood has taken on an air of lawlessness.
Police 1
April 25, 2022
Place-based policing is one of the most evidence-based and scientifically supported approaches police can take to prevent crime in their communities
David Vanguard
April 24, 2022
Over the last couple years, many cities in the U.S. have seen an increase in the number of homicides.
Washington Post
March 31, 2022
At least nine jurisdictions either plan to or have adopted the crime-reduction strategy known as ‘place network investigations’ — a model that examines geographic connections that allow crime to flourish.

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