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

Vox
October 1, 2020
In the months of Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in May, President Donald Trump has called on local and state officials to crack down as harshly as possible — a call he repeated at Tuesday’s presidential debate. But experts say that Trump’s rhetoric and actions risk inflaming tensions and escalating protests further, instead of keeping the peace.
Associated Press
September 24, 2020
A statewide standard for Ohio police departments to follow when dealing with mass protests could assist small agencies that don’t have experience in handling such demonstrations and give bigger departments the chance to review procedures, according to the head of the state’s criminal justice services office.
21WFMJ
September 24, 2020
A statewide standard for Ohio police departments to follow when dealing with mass protests could assist small agencies that don't have experience in handling such demonstrations and give bigger departments the chance to review procedures, according to the head of the state's criminal justice services office.
The Courier
September 22, 2020
A state board wants to create a unified policy for how Ohio police handle mass protests.

Articles Featuring Tamara D. Herold

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Campus NewsOctober 9, 2020
Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.
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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
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ResearchDecember 4, 2019
Graduate student Wenrong Wang harnesses his gaming knowledge to lead an interdisciplinary study on the use of facial recognition.
Tamara Madensen outside T-Mobile Arena.
ResearchDecember 21, 2017
UNLV professor uses crime science to head off chaos in public spaces.