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Conference 2018

Are you passionate about public safety? Do you want to hear about the latest research into policing? Would you like a chance to hear some of the most prominent law enforcement leaders explain how they believe policing should evolve? How about getting an opportunity to network with fantastically talented police professionals from around the globe?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, mark your calendar, pack a bag, and plan on heading to the City of Brotherly Love on May 21st and 22nd for the second annual Evidence-Based Policing conference being hosted in partnership with the Temple University Department of Criminology.


Get your tickets and register for this conference by visiting our Eventbrite page. Register for a discounted rate at the four star Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, and read on for additional details!

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

NOTICE! The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is near capacity. If the discounted conference rate is not available, we have arranged for overflow rooms at the Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City, located just a block from the Marriott. You must book by April 20 to take advantage of the discounted conference rate. For reservations, click here.

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With keynote speakers including Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Chief Jim Bueermann of the Police Foundation, the ASEBP 2018 conference will bring together some of the most prominent leaders in policing today to discuss, learn, and explore many of the most pressing issues facing our profession.Get your tickets and register for this conference by visiting our Eventbrite page. Register for a discounted rate at the four star Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, and read on for additional details!

Featured panels for ASEBP 2018 include:

  • Chief’s panel: Advancing evidence-based policing as a police leader.
  • Body-worn cameras: Do they work or not? Summarizing leading BWC studies.
  • Predictive policing and the rise of data-analytics in public safety.
  • Evidence-based approaches to dealing with the mental health crisis.
  • Officer-safety and wellness.
  • Officer-led research panel: Supporting innovation from within our ranks.
  • Exploring the role of crime analysis in creating an evidence-based agency.
  • Racial-bias in policing: What does the evidence-tell us?
  • Exploring technology in an evidence-based policing framework.


click for pdf :  Conference Schedule – (Updated May 9th)

click for pdf : Subway Directions – (Updated May 12th)

Speakers & panelists include:


Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross

Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with more than 6100 sworn and 800 civilian members. He brings 28 years of service, experience and expertise to Philadelphia’s top law enforcement post. While serving as First Deputy Commissioner. In both positions he led the department’s commitment to reform and accountability. He has also championed community policing, community partnerships and the use of technology and data to support smart, effective and respectful policing.

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University

Jerry Ratcliffe is a Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He also directs the university’s Center for Security and Crime Science. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice, sits on the FBI National Academy Advisory Board, and was a member of the National Academies of Sciences panel on Proactive Policing.

Dr. Lois James

Lois James, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the WSU College of Nursing. Dr. L. James conducts simulated research on the impact of suspect characteristics on decisions to shoot. The results of this research have significantly advanced what is known about how suspect race influences police officers during deadly encounters, and have been heavily featured in the mainstream media.

Lt. Dan Wagner, Cambridge Police Department

Dan Wagner is a Lieutenant with the Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Department where he serves as the commanding officer of the Crime Analysis Unit. Dan holds a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lt. Jason Potts, Vallejo Police Department

Jason Potts is a Lieutenant with the Vallejo Police Department where he has served for 17 years. Jason is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS Scholar and a Police Foundation Fellow. Jason’s research interests include body cameras and their affect on policing strategies, license plate readers, police data limitations, and cognitive interviewing techniques. Jason is a Reserve Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service where he instructs trauma-informed interviewing techniques to Army CID Special Agents.

Edward A. Flynn

Edward A. Flynn was appointed police chief in the Milwaukee Police Department in January 2008. In January 2012, he was appointed to a second term. He commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians serving a city of over 600,000 residents.

He was police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. As the police chief executive he was responsible for 470 officers and 100 civilians serving a city of 155,000 residents.

Flynn served as Secretary of Public Safety under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from January 2003 until taking command in Springfield. He was responsible for a secretariat employing 10,000 that included the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the National Guard, the Department of Fire Services, the Parole Board, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. He also served as the chief adviser to the Governor on homeland security.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Public Safety, he served for five years as the Chief of Police in Arlington, Virginia. He commanded a 360-officer department serving 190,000 residents. In this capacity he was instrumental in the recovery effort at the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

His began his career in the Jersey City Police Department, where he was promoted through the ranks of officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and inspector. He served as the Chief of Police in Braintree and subsequently Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Sgt. Renee Mitchell, President of ASEBP

Renée was the 2009-2010 Fulbright police research fellow, attending the University of Cambridge Police Executive Programme and completing research at the London Metropolitan Police Service in juvenile gang violence. Renée is a member of the California Bar Association, the Society of Evidence-Based Policing, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Commissioner Branville Bard

Branville G. Bard, Jr. was appointed Police Commissioner for the City of Cambridge Police Department in August 2017.

Bard joined the Cambridge Police Department after serving as the Chief of Police and the Director of Public Safety for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Police Department. Under his leadership at the fourth largest Housing Authority in the country, significant crime reductions were realized, police relations with citizens who reside in the Housing Authorities developments drastically improved, citizen complaints declined and a defunct Police Advisory Board was reestablished. Prior to this, he served in numerous positions for the Philadelphia Police Department, including Police Inspector, and Police Captain for the 22nd District, which is the largest police district in the city for assigned personnel. There, the District piloted many crime-reduction strategies, including Philadelphia CeaseFire Cure Violence, data-driven efforts, Summer Foot Beat Initiative, Focused Deterrence Policing and Intelligence-led policing efforts.

He holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University and has received numerous awards and certifications in his distinguished policing career.

David Kennedy, PhD

David M. Kennedy is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the director of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. These interventions have been proven effective in a variety of settings, have amassed a robust evaluation record, and are widely employed nationally.

Mr. Kennedy’s work has won two Ford Foundation Innovations in Government awards, two Webber Seavey Awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and two Herman Goldstein Awards for problem-oriented Policing. He was awarded the 2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for scholarship in the public interest. He helped develop the “Operation Ceasefire” homicide prevention strategy; High Point Drug Market Intervention strategy; the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative; the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program; and the High Point Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

Joel Caplan PhD

Joel M. Caplan is Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM). He is also faculty of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Suite Research Practitioner Fellows Academy. His applied research focusing on risk assessment, spatial analysis, crime prevention and policing has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The World Bank.

Joel Caplan has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher, and emergency medical technician, and he routinely serves as a research partner and consultant to agencies in the U.S. and around the world on matters of public safety and national security. His forthcoming book titled “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” (2018 Univ. of CA Press) brings a lot of these evidence-based practices and experiences together in one place.

Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, Director, National Institute of Justice

Dr. Aili Malm, California State University Long Beach

Major Wendy Stiver, Dayton Police Department

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret), President, Police Foundation

Dr. Angela Hawken, BetaGov, NYU

Assistant Commissioner (Ret) Ian McPherson, Metropolitan Police London, KPMG Advisory

Meme Styles, President, Measure Austin

Assistant Chief Troy Gay, Austin Police Department

Lt. Chris Vallejo, Austin Police Department

Chief Thomas Nestel, SEPTA Police Department, Philadelphia

Dr. Obed Magny, Sacramento Police Department

Captain Richard Reyes, Paterson Police Department, John Jay

Barry Ferguson, Policing Project, New York University School of Law

Andrew Ferguson, University of District of Columbia, David A. Clark School of Law

Dr. Natalie Todak, University of Alabama

Dr. Michael White, Arizona State University

Sgt. Keiron McConnell, Vancouver Police Department

Kevin Thomas, Director of Research & Intelligence, Philadelphia Police Department

Dr. David Maimon, University of Maryland

Dr. Ian Hesketh, Lancashire Constabulary, College of Policing

Even More…

Additional education tracks will run throughout the two day conferece offering the opportunity to learn about evidence-based policing from basic concepts to advanced discussions.

This boutique conference is designed to allow intimate access to police practitioners, leading criminolgy researchers, crime analysts, criminal justice policy advocates, and vendors with breakout sessions and networking events to ensure that everyone gets access to the information that can help advance their cause. With participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet, listen, and learn from the best in global policing.



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public Transportation

The easiest transportation method from center-city Philadelphia is using the Philadelphia subway (SEPTA).  Attendees should use the Broad Street line (Orange) .

Enter subway at: Walnut-Locust Station
Exit subway at: Cecil B. Moore / Temple University
Approximate travel time is 10 minutes

Upon exiting at Temple University, walk one block east on Cecil B. Moore and then turn left onto N. 13th Street.  The Gittis Student Center is at the end of the block on the right.


Parking is available at 1841 N 11th St, Philadelphia in a covered parking lot.  The lot is approxiately 5 minutes walk from the student center.  Additional parking options may be found by accessing the Temple University parking page at

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions can be directed via email to

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

All conference attendees must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

We work in public safety and recognize that emergencies occur, so we will make every effort to honor your ticket in the event that you are unable to attend but can find an alternate to take your place. We just ask that you contact us at as soon as possible so we are aware of the situation.