William Sousa

Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Expertise: Police Policy, Crime Prevention, Communities and Crime

Biography

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Stonehill College

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William Sousa In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 3, 2018
Less than an hour after the first strike team entered Stephen Paddock’s suite at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas police officers far from the scene were already sharing cellphone photos of the dead gunman.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 30, 2018
Neighborhoods closer to the center of the Las Vegas Valley have a higher concentration of police calls, a study of Las Vegas police call data showed.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 1, 2018
Neighbors in fear after body found in driveway.
Star Tribune
May 29, 2018
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.

Articles Featuring William Sousa

Body camera on police officer.
ResearchNovember 27, 2017
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.
hands holding cardboard cutout of house
Business and CommunityNovember 9, 2017
College of Urban Affairs partners with community groups to stop Southern Nevada crisis.
Closeup of books
ResearchMay 3, 2017
From professional reasons to personal connections, faculty across campus share why they’re fond of certain works they penned.
William Sousa with a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer
ResearchJuly 30, 2015
Public support for body-worn cameras is high but many doubt they will improve police and citizen relationships, according to a new national survey by UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy.