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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Wallet Hub
May 9, 2022
Law enforcement is a career that is always in the public eye, whether for heroic reasons or scandal. Currently, our nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers have even more of a spotlight than usual, though. To start, for the past two years they have been in charge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, there have been quite a few recent high-profile police brutality cases, including officers found guilty for federal civil rights violations leading up to the death of George Floyd. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech also called for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources.
Las Vegas Review Journal
January 16, 2022
During the six hours Trent Leach was hiding in an abandoned church in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 21, police said, he fired 20 rounds, striking a SWAT vehicle and the window of an occupied apartment.
AR News Noticias
January 16, 2022
The Metropolitan Police Department sent two robots to find Leach, a 4-by-4-foot that stood near the door recording and an 18-inch-long robot that scoured the floor below.
Austin Monitor
October 25, 2021
Proposition A, one of two local measures on the Nov. 2 ballot, asks Austinites if they want to set a minimum staffing ratio for the Austin Police Department: 2 police officers per 1,000 residents.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

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