Institute of Crime ScienceUniversity of CincinnatiInstitute of Crime Science

Institute of Crime Science


About Us

Housed in the University of Cincinnati's School of Criminal Justice, the Institute of Crime Science (ICS) combines the knowledge and skill of both academic researchers and criminal justice practitioners to solve real world problems. 

The ICS team includes world renowned experts in criminal justice research and law enforcement professionals who are subject matter experts.  ICS team members' areas of expertise include: policing, violence reduction, violent street gangs, racial profiling, police legitimacy, social network analysis, co-offending networks, crime analysis, police staffing and program evaluation.  ICS delivers evidence-based, empirically tested solutions, technical support and training to: national, regional, state, local and international law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. 


Recognizing the need for an organizing institution, the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati established the Center for Criminal Justice Research in 1996. This Center facilitates research on the administration of justice and the nature of criminal behavior. Yet, given the lines of inquiry becoming established, it became clear that the School required more specialized institutions. Accordingly, the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute and the University of Cincinnati Policing Institute were both created to more aptly respond to existing research demands, and capitalize upon faculty expertise. 

Founded in 2006, the University of Cincinnati Policing Institute (UCPI) originated with the goal of marrying law enforcement research and practice. It was anticipated that the superior research experience of the principal investigators associated with the UCPI could be successfully merged with the field application of policing practitioners. This ideal proved successful, with the Institute producing a number of projects with impactful results. Based upon the studies conducted by UCPI researchers, corroborating law enforcement agencies have altered their training and procedures in ways that have had enormous influence on criminal justice functioning at large. 

After a number of evaluations on various violence reduction interventions, UCPI researchers acknowledged the need for a broadened institutional scope. Specifically, analyses revealed that for a more holistic approach to crime reduction, an incorporation of criminological theory with policing research was necessary. Accordingly, the University of Cincinnati Institute of Crime Science (ICS) was established in late 2011 to meet these growing research needs. A new advisory board was generated, and additional researchers were incorporated into the Institute. The ICS aims to bridge research and practice, emphasizing the employment of the empirical study of crime to guide problem-solving criminal justice strategies.  

Bridging Research and Practice

The direct linking of academic theory and criminal justice practice is what sets ICS apart from other criminal justice research institutes.  Other institutes merely present theory to criminal justice agencies.  ICS builds long lasting, truly collaborative relationships with agencies we work with.  Working with ICS is a genuine partnership as both research and practitioners contribute their knowledge and experience on a project to produce strategies and interventions that are practical in the field.

When an agency chooses ICS to help resolve a problem, ICS will work with the agency at every step to assist with problem identification and analysis, strategy development and implementation, provide dedicated technical support throughout the implementation and a rigorous program evaluation that details: did the intervention work - why or why not, along with recommendations for any needed program modifications and next steps to ensure sustainability of successful interventions. 

How Partnering with ICS Benefits Your Agency

A partnership with ICS provides criminal justice agencies with a direct link to cutting edge research and validated best practices to tackle both the challenges agencies currently face and those challenges they will confront in the future.

ICS is equipped to provide: evidence-based strategy and intervention development, consultation, training, technical assistance and program evaluations; all of which will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our criminal justice partners. 

Contact ICS


Phone: (513) 556-6705