Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

"Bringing Police into the 21st Century: Police Leaders in the New Community Problem-Solving Era"
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level


After 30 years of research championing the community problem-solving (CPS) era of policing, some police practitioners and researchers argue the policing profession has entered a new intelligence-led, predictive policing era. I will suggest that these innovations do not signal a new policing era and that they are simply attractive additions to a police profession that is slow to adopt CPS policing.

My research in the Boston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Newark police departments reveals the most salient features of a police department’s successful implementation of a CPS strategy in the technologically savvy, post-9/11 and economically downgraded United States. Unprecedented access to these police departments, the presentation of police personnel’s experiences in their own words, and a systematic review of local news reports illuminate the undeniable role that police executives can have in producing rapid change within what are often considered immutable organizations.

Biographical Information

Michael J. Jenkins is an assistant professor of criminal justice. He joined the University of New Haven faculty after completing a Ph.D. at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in 2011. While working as a case manager for New Jersey State parole, Dr. Jenkins conducted research on Latino former prisoner reentry experiences and juvenile probation.

As a research assistant for the Police Institute, he worked alongside many local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel. His most passionate area of research is policing. He is studying, with colleagues from the University of New Haven, the efficacy of alternative responses to calls for police service and the use of technology in police operations and investigations.

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