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Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Expertise: Police Policy, Crime Prevention, Communities and Crime
William Sousa is a criminologist with expertise in police policy and management, international policing, and community crime prevention. Sousa has been published in a variety of professional publications including the Journal of Experimental Criminology and Police Practice and Research.
From 2002-04, Sousa was the director of evaluation for the Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark where he participated in studies related to violence and disorder in New Jersey neighborhoods. His past research projects include an evaluation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in Massachusetts, a study of crime reduction policies implemented by the New York City Police Department, an experiment on TASER use by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and an evaluation of police-led initiatives to improve safety in public parks in Los Angeles.
His current projects involve police order-maintenance practices, police management, and the impact of body worn cameras on police in Las Vegas. He is also involved in investigations of violence reduction in Las Vegas. Sousa is a professor of criminal justice in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at UNLV.
- Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
- M.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
- B.A., Criminal Justice, Stonehill College
William Sousa In The News
The use of force by Minneapolis police has plunged 50 percent in the last decade, signaling a broad shift away from the “warrior” mentality that favors aggressive policing to reduce crime.
New Year’s fireworks exploded overhead as the Metropolitan Police Department’s lead homicide investigator arrived at the scene of the final killing of 2017, the deadliest year in Las Vegas since at least 1990.
The study, conducted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization, also found that the implementation of body cameras resulted in a decrease in police misconduct. The full study can be found here: https://www.cna.org/cna_files/pdf/IRM-2017-U-016112-Final.pdf.
The study, conducted by UNLV's Center for Crime and Justice Policy and Virginia-based non-profit research organization CNA in coordination with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), also found that body-worn cameras can generate considerable cost savings for police by simplifying the complaint resolution process.
Articles Featuring William Sousa
Study conducted for U.S. Dept. of Justice by UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy, non-profit research organization CNA, and Las Vegas Metro Police.
College of Urban Affairs partners with community groups to stop Southern Nevada crisis.