Students, faculty and staff squeezed into the Olin lecture hall on Wednesday afternoon to hear Dr. Lawrence Sherman, a widely respected experimental criminologist. He is the Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. Prof. Sherman is also the founding director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology and serves as Chair of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme. Considered to be father of `evidence based policing”, Prof. Sherman's use of randomized controlled experiments to study deterrence and crime prevention has led him to examine such wide-ranging issues as domestic violence, police crackdowns and saturation patrol, gun violence and crime, crack houses, and reintegrative shaming. He has collaborated with over 3 0 police and justice agencies around the world.
Speaking Wednesday afternoon on “How to Talk About Data Without Scaring People Off”. Dr. Sherman spoke of how future historians may call this moment in history “the age of precision.” He said there is a need to find a terminology; a common ground to allow everyone, not just the analysts to talk about the growing benefits of data analysis.