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Dr Jerry Ratcliffe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia. He also directs the new Center for Security and Crime Science. In a previous life he was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police in London (UK) where he served for a number of years on patrol duties, in an intelligence and information unit, and as a member of the Diplomatic Protection Group. Due to a severe winter mountaineering accident, he left the police after 11 years of service. He has a B.Sc. with honors in Geography and GIS and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham (UK).

As a lecturer in policing (intelligence) with Charles Sturt University based at the New South Wales Police College in Australia, he ran graduate programs in criminal intelligence, and for a number of years coordinated Australia's National Strategic Intelligence Course. Dr Ratcliffe was also a senior research analyst with the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he conducted one of the first evaluations of an intelligence-led policing operation. In 2007 and 2010, Dr Ratcliffe was awarded the Professional Service Award for outstanding contributions to criminal intelligence analysis by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) He was also the 2010 recipient of the LEIU Distinguished Service Award for continued dedication and outstanding contributions to the law enforcement community, awarded by the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units.

He has published over 60 research articles and four books: 'Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence' (Federation Press, 2004 and 2009, edited); 'GIS and Crime Mapping' (Wiley, 2005 with Spencer Chainey) and 'Policing Illegal Drug Markets' (Criminal Justice Press, 2005, with George Rengert and Sanjoy Chakravorty). His most recent book, "Intelligence-Led Policing" (Willan Publishing) is the first book to address this emerging area of police management practice, and is on the promotion exam reading lists for the Philadelphia Police Department. He is the lead researcher on the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment and is working with Dr Elizabeth Groff on the Philadelphia SMART Policing Initiative.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and publishes and lectures on environmental criminology, crime mapping, intelligence-led policing and crime reduction. Jerry was an officer in the British Army reserves (Royal Engineers); has climbed the three highest mountains in Africa; and with Operation Raleigh both led an expedition down the Selenga river in Siberia and was the first non-Iban tribesman to successfully navigate (with a traditional carved boat) the rapids of the Temburong river in Borneo. He likes to fly his ultralight seaplane, ski, scuba dive, and drink single malt whisky, but not all at the same time....

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The Center for Security and Crime Science

Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment