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Institute of Crime Science

Staff


Erica Fissel

Erica is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology-Criminology with a minor in Psychology. Erica earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Her research interests include situational crime prevention, school crime, crowd behavior, and fear of crime.


Daniel W. Gerard

Captain Daniel W. Gerard, M.S. recently retired after 29 years of service with the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department (CPD) and is the Director of Operations for the Institute of Crime Science.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and completed the Senior Management Institute for Police offered by the Police Executive Research Forum.  Captain Gerard has served as an invited speaker, trainer, instructor and consultant for numerous police agencies and universities throughout the United States and Canada. His areas of expertise include: violence reduction, criminal gangs, traffic safety, the use of social media in criminal investigations, evidence-based policing, place-based policing, police and academic partnerships, data visualization and analytics, police management and police research.


Samantha Henderson

Samantha is a fifth-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from the Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009 with an Honours B.A. in Criminology and Contemporary Studies, and a minor in Psychology. She earned an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo in 2011. She is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship award holder. Her research interests include policing and crime prevention.


Gabrielle Isaza

Gabrielle is a Junior Research Associate with the Institute of Crime Science, and primarily works in UC’s Office of Safety & Reform. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Gabrielle is currently working on her dissertation focused on urban university policing. She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. Her research interests include situational crime prevention, campus policing, and police effectiveness. 


Dr. Murat Ozer

Murat Ozer, Ph.D., is the Research Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Crime Science (ICS), and assists police agencies across the United States with their focused deterrence based gang violence reduction efforts.  As the Director of Research at ICS, he manages large volumes of data and creates relational databases/systems that effectively turn raw data into actionable knowledge and intelligence. Dr. Ozer’s focus is to bridge the gap between practitioners and academic world by closely working with police departments both in the US and abroad. Dr. Ozer’s current research interests include: developing early warning systems using big data analytics, violence reduction strategies, anti-terrorism policies, and data driven crime prevention efforts in police agencies.


Sam Peterson

Sam is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Criminology and Psychology, and earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. As a research assistant, his work for ICS has been directed toward program implementation, data management, and data analysis for Cincinnati’s focused deterrence initiative. Sam’s research interests include quantitative research methods, longitudinal data analysis, social network analysis, violence reduction, crime analysis, and life-course criminology.  


Jillian Shafer

Jillian is a second-year doctoral student and an analyst with ICS in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Originally from the Seattle area, she received a B.A. in Law/Justice and psychology with a minor in geography from Central Washington University, and an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include police decision-making and use of force, as well as geographic patterns of crime. In addition to her research interests, Jillian fights with ArcGIS on a daily basis, and specializes in spatial analysis and displays, basic data management processes, and cartography.


Murat Yildirim

Murat is a fifth-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He graduated from National Police Academy of Turkey in 1997 with a B.A. and earned his Master of Science in Forensic Science from University of Ankara, Ankara - Turkey in 2002. He worked as senior police officer and taught classes and courses at National Police Academy of Turkey between 1997 and 2010. His work includes crime mapping and analyzing crime data. His research interests include border security and management, immigration, crime concentration (hotspots) and evaluating crime prevention efforts in policing agencies.