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NIRO Knowledge

By Nicholas Roy
NIRO Knowledge is a podcast for those looking to learn about crime analysis and evidence based policing from those within the community.
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Episode 12 – CrimCon: Dr Andrew Wilczak and Dr Troy Payne

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Episode 26 - Michelle Eliasson
We know what the public and media have to say about policing but what do police officers themselves have to say about what makes a good police officer and what makes a bad police officer?  And to add to that, what similarities or differences are there between American and Swedish police perspectives on good and bad police officers?  Find out in this new episode of NIRO Knowledge.Links:Video VersionMichelle on TwitterEmail - Michelle.nilsson@ufl.eduLink to Michelle's work
April 28, 2021
Episode 25 - Dr Susanne Knabe-Nicol
Today on NIRO Knowledge, my guest is the Police Science Dr herself, Dr Susanne Knabe-Nicol.  She brings us knowledge on her background, forming the bridge between academia and research and those who can put it all into practice and an upcoming conference that she is hosting virtually in April 2021.Links:Episode 25 video versionPolice Science DrRapid Fire Conference registration
March 24, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.7
Here it is!  We are going Back to the Future!  Well, we're looking back in history in order to look ahead into the future and take with us the principles of the Father of Policing, Sir Robert Peel.  These core values and his principles can guide us towards a better vision on what policing should have remained as.  We have some catching up to do since we derailed the community involved aspect of policing along with the idea that reducing crime (thus reducing our victims) is the goal.Links:NIRO Knowledge Episode 1.7 video versionSir Robert Peel's PrinciplesDr Cynthia Lum NIRO Knowledge episode
March 17, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.6
Today I talk about the recent ECAC virtual conference that was in partnership with the IACA and the roster of guest speakers as well as my partnership with Dr Susanne Knabe-Nicol, the Police Science Dr, and her upcoming virtual conference as well.  Sign up for this FREE conference coming in April!Links:Episode 1.6 video versionDr Susanne Knabe-Nicol - sign up for her conference here as wellDr Lawrence Sherman's NIRO Knowledge episodeSlack invite - Join the global conversation on criminal justice with other analysts and academicsAnalyst Talk with Jason ElderReducing Crime - Dr Jerry Ratcliffe's podcastAll About Analysis - Manny San Pedro's podcastIACA
March 11, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.5
SO MANY GREAT THINGS COMING UP!  Give it a listen here folks.  There are some great names mentioned and great things coming up for NIRO Knowledge including be a part of a virtual conference in the United Kingdom!  I am partnering up with Excellence in Analytics and Dawn Reeby to provide technical skills help to her Rising Geniuss group.  Don't forget to check out another great resource and friend to myself and NIRO Knowledge, Police Science Dr, Susanne Knabe-Nicol.Links:NIRO Knowledge Episode 1.5 video versionNIRO Crime AnalysisPolice Science DrExcellence in AnalyticsDawn Reeby NIRO Knowledge episode
March 04, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.4
Reinventing American policing was the topic of Dr Cynthia Lum's broadcast with George Mason University on Monday 2/22.  It is a topic that needs to be addressed and is demanded to be addressed in American policing today.  I talk about her presentation and how I believe analysts can be the momentum for growth and change in the policing culture to progress to being integrated with our communities.  I also bring actionable analyses, an open mind approach by analysts towards the problems and the strategic solve, and the big change Ithaca NY is looking to implement with their police department.  And of course, join the NIRO Crime Analysis Slack group if you are an analyst, academic or pracademic looking to connect and share knowledge with people around the globe.Links:Episode 1.4 video versionNIRO Crime Analysis membershipTop 5 Analytical Tools for 2021 webinar (FREE)Dr Cynthia Lum on NIRO KnowledgeIthaca NY articleNIRO Crime Analysis Slack Invite
February 25, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.3
I breakdown some amazing updates for NIRO Crime Analysis, NIRO Knowledge and how academics and analysts can connect on my Slack group to share their knowledge and resources and pick each other's brain.  It has been growing and is international with SO many different backgrounds already in the mix.Links:Episode 1.3 videoLorna and John audioLorna and John videoDr Cynthia LumNIRO Crime AnalysisNIRO Slack Group
February 18, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.2
I talk about traditional policing, why it matters today, what we can do with that knowledge of it, how we can shape it for the future and where to sign up to join the NIRO Crime Analysis community.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis - newsletter sign up at the bottom of the pageNIRO Knowledge Podcast - or wherever you consume podcastsNIRO Knowledge Dr Cynthia Lum episodePopCenter at ASU document (p 36 for 'Traditional Policing')
February 10, 2021
Episode 24 - Dr Renée J Mitchell
Renée J. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for twenty-two years and is currently a Senior Police Researcher with RTI International.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.B.A., a J.D., and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.  She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow where completed research in the area of juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service.  You can view her TEDx talks, “Research not protests” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop”, where she advocates for evidence-based policing.  She is a co-founder of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a National Police Foundation Fellow, a BetaGov Fellow, a member of the George Mason Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame, and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.  Her research areas include policing, evidence-based crime prevention, evaluation research and methods, place-based criminology, police/citizen communication and implicit bias training.  She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing.  She has an edited book with Dr. Laura Huey, Evidence Based Policing: An introduction and coming out next March Implementing Evidence-Based Research: A How to Guide for Police Organizations.Links:Video version of this episodeCHACHI article (CA-CHI)American Society of Evidence Based PolicingDr Larry Sherman NIRO Knowledge episodeDr Cynthia Lum NIRO Knowledge episode
February 03, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.1
I speak about the most recent webinar I hosted about top 5 analytical tools.  I also speak about the two podcasts from this year and how I believe changes need to be made.  Data is siloed or not captured or incorrectly captured and I believe we can help to do more.Give a listen to this episode for more and with information on how to connect!Links:NIRO Crime Analysis
January 27, 2021
Episode 23 - Lorna Ferguson & John Ng
Lorna FergusonLorna Ferguson is a Ph.D. Student in the Sociology department at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is the Founder of the Missing Persons Hub. Lorna has a broad interest in policing research and developing evidence-based approaches to policing and crime prevention, including issues related to firearms and social media use. Currently, she focuses on police responses to missing person cases.  John NgJohn Ng has been a law enforcement analyst in Canada for over 10 years. He’s a certified law enforcement analyst with the International Association of Crime Analysts and has been an active member having volunteered with their former Methods Subcommittee co-authoring a handful of technical papers on analytical methods including hotspot analysis, prioritizing offenders, and social network analysis. He is currently the Chair of their Publications Committee.He’s presented at crime analysis conferences and recently at the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) Conference on the role of crime analysts in EBP. He also served as the Analyst Series Coordinator (lead) for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing’s (Can-SEBP) Community Engagement Team and continues to volunteer as their Director of Operations. He was also selected as an NIJ/IACP LEADS Scholar, which is a scholarship that helps support mid-level officers in advancing data and science in policing, he is one of the first crime analysts to received this scholarship.He’s successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. His research interests include police culture, police leadership, organizational change, police tactics & strategies, hotspots policing, offender management (and risk assessments), and crime analysis.Links:Missing Persons survey - Please take the time to fill this out if you work as an analyst in a law enforcement agencyLorna Ferguson's email - lfergu5 @ (obviously smash that together for a proper email)Missing Persons Research Hub websiteLorna's Podcast - Missing Persons Research HubLorna's WebsiteJohn Ng's email - @ (obviously smash that together for a proper email)John on Twitter
January 20, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 1.0
The audio of the FIRST ever live podcast broadcast of NIRO Knowledge.  I get into data and what we struggle with as it is siloed in, often times, archaic records systems, the struggle of finding tools to help with this fractured dataset and bring it back to Dr Laura Huey and the police data she has to use for her newest research dealing with people with mental health issues and police data.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis membershipYouTube video versionDr Laura Huey 2021 - AudioDr Laura Huey 2021 - Video
January 13, 2021
Episode 22 - Dr Laura Huey
Dr. Laura Huey is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, Editor of Police Practice & Research, Chair of the Working Group on Mental Health and Policing of the Royal Society of Canada, Vice Chair of the American Society of Criminologists’ Division of Policing and the former Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing. She is also a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Research Fellow with the National Police Foundation.Links:Dr Laura Huey's upcoming book, Implementing Evidence Based Research: A How to Guide for Police
January 06, 2021
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.29
My last episode for 2020.  I have big plans coming and I am hoping that you will all help.  Head over to my Twitter page and hit up that poll pinned to the top until Xmas Eve and let me know if you would join in on a LIVE episode of NIRO Knowledge.I chat about Dr Laura Huey coming back to kick off another year of NIRO Knowledge for 2021 and I go over the two things that I believe we should all have in our vocabulary as analysts: simplify and endgame.Links:Twitter page/pollDr Laura Huey NIRO Knowledge episodeNIRO Crime Analysis membershipYouTube version of Episode 0.29
December 18, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.28
Today I talk about how we as analysts can help be the change for our police agencies and for our communities by following principles set forth almost 200 years ago by Sir Robert Peel himself.  Watch it below or give it a listen here.  Analysts Assemble!Links:December 2020 FREE Power BI webinarSir Robert Peel's 9 Policing PrinciplesDr Cynthia LumDr Lawrence ShermanDr Rachel Santos and Dr Roberto Santos - while I did not mention them in this episode, I should have as they continue to help move the industry into the future as well
December 09, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.27
I am thanking my guests and letting you all know how far you have helped NIRO Knowledge reach.  Over 30 countries, almost 400 cities on 6 continents, and this is more than I expected in our freshman year as a podcast.  Thank you to all of my listeners and all of my guests.  You all rock!Links:NIRO Crime AnalysisNIRO Knowledge
December 02, 2020
NIRO Knowledge Episode 0.26
I talk about signing up for the NIRO Crime Analysis email newsletter so you can be up to date on all the upcoming training opportunities and ask you to fill out a quick two questions form about purchasing swag to put some funds towards helping fellow analysts pay for training and certification opportunities.Links:Swag SurveyNIRO Crime Analysis
November 25, 2020
NIRO Knowledge Episode 0.25
I give thanks to my listeners and guests as you have helped this grow to an international audience on 6 of the 7 continents with thousands of listens and downloads.  I ask you to take time for yourself and keep your stress low.  I speak to a hopeful change to the NIRO Knowledge program that I think everyone will enjoy in 2021 once several hurdles have been jumped successfully.Links:Dawn ReebyAmy BoudreauNIRO Crime Analysis
November 21, 2020
Episode 21 - Jacek Koziarski
Jacek [Jack] Koziarski is a third-year PhD Student in the Sociology Department at the University of Western Ontario, and a Research Associate for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (Can-SEBP). Jacek has a broad interest in policing research and developing evidence-based approaches to policing, but his most recent work has specifically examined police responses to persons with perceived mental illness, policing cybercrime, and resistance toward evidence-based policing. Beyond policing, Jacek is also interested in exploring the spatiotemporal patterns of crime and non-crime-related issues.Links:Email: jkoziarsuwo.caTwitterJacek's Personal WebsiteThe research we spoke about (email Jacek to get access to this)
November 11, 2020
Episode 20 - Dr Lawrence W Sherman
Dr Lawrence W. Sherman is widely recognized as the founder of evidence-based policing, a professional social movement for using more analytic support in making police decisions about the Triple-T: Targeting, Testing and Tracking the use of police resources.  A professor of criminology at Cambridge University (UK) since 2007, he is editor of the CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICING and director of the postgraduate Cambridge Police Executive Programme. His research on policing has attracted almost 40,000 Google Scholar citations, and his Crime Harm Index proposal has attracted 70,000 reads in the first four years since publication in 2016. He has recently launched online courses on EBP for analysts and police leaders.Links:Cambridge Centre for Evidence Based PolicingOnline Course for Analysts and Police LeadersCambridge Crime Harm Index Research (2016)Cambridge Harm Index Consensus (2020)
November 04, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.24
A quick update as to why I have been MIA this week.Links:NIRO Crime AnalysisPower BI webinar
October 22, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.23
Race has been a large issue in our records system for numerous reasons.  I talk about how gender will be the next problem based on the issue of definition, how someone identifies and NIBRS reporting.  Give a listen and get prepped for next week's guest!Links:Become a NIRO member today!
October 14, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.22
Let's talk about race and police data.Links:Become a member of NIRO.
October 14, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.21
A quick One Off episode this week.  It has been some hectic times and they caught up with me.  However, next week I am back with a new guest and a new conversation so stay tuned for that!As always, check out NIRO Crime Analysis and become a member to learn how to leverage some great tech in your day to day as an analyst.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis
September 30, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.20
Let's talk about the endgame.  No.  Not that great MCU movie but the endgame with your data.  What are we hoping to get out of it?  This is the major question we need to ask in order to ensure we are getting our data captured, recorded correctly and our analyses done.Links:NIRO Crime AnalysisSeptember 2020 FREE Webinar
September 23, 2020
Episode 19 - The Drs Santos
Roberto Santos is an associate professor of criminal justice and co-director of the Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research at Radford University in Radford, VA. He is a retired police commander from the Port St. Lucie, FL Police Department where after 22 years worked in, supervised, and commanded every division within the agency. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 239). Prior to policing, Dr. Santos was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Dr. Santos is recognized nationally and internationally for his impact on the field of policing through his high-level rigorous research, translation of research to practice, and hands on work with police organizations.As Co-Director of the Center for Police Practice, Policy, and Research, Dr. Santos shares in the administration of the Center and management of large-level, grant-funded research projects. Dr. Santos earned his Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.Rachel Santos is a professor of criminal justice and co-director of the Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research at Radford University in Radford, VA. Dr. Santos has been working with police organizations since 1994 and conducts practice-based research on organizational change and accountability, crime analysis, and sustainability of evidence-based crime reduction strategies in police organizations. Dr. Santos started her career as a crime analyst for the Tempe, AZ Police Department then served as a Senior Research Associate and Director of the Crime Mapping Laboratory at the National Police Foundation in Washington D.C. Currently, as a co-director of the Center for Police Practice, Policy, and Research, Dr. Santos shares in the administration of the Center and manages large-level, grant-funded research projects that focus on identifying and testing practical police strategies. Dr. Santos is an international expert on crime analysis and its role in effective crime reduction and has conducted experimental research and evaluation of police practices. She has published many final reports, practitioner guidebooks, book chapters, and articles for both academic and professional journals. She has one of the only sole authored books on crime analysis in its fourth edition, Crime Analysis with Crime Mapping. Dr. Santos earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Arizona State University.Links:The book: Stratified PolicingCenter for Police Practice, Policing and ResearchStratified Policing resourcesMore Dr Rachel Santos materialDr Rachel SantosDr Roberto Santos
September 16, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.19
I have not done a great job for you with these One Off episodes.  But that changes with this episode.  Have you had issues with your CAD/RMS?  Do you wonder what you can do to improve it?  How about what to look for with your software?  Check out my banter on CAD/RMS systems and my solution to their shortcomings.Head over to the NIRO website to find a Zoom webinar for September that will be an epic conversation among analysts.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis
September 09, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.18
I bring you some updates on what's coming up such as 6 guests on deck, a FREE webinar in September from NIRO Crime Analysis and more.  Settle in for a quick listen and catch up on what's going on.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis
September 02, 2020
Episode 18 - Julio Toral
Julio Toral has worked in intelligence since 2005, firstly as a researcher and then as an analyst. His fields of expertise include Covert Operations, Territorial policing, Aviation security, Diplomatic Protection, Serious and Organised Crime and Open Source Policing. His academic qualifications include: MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology at London South Bank University.Links:Julio Toral on Twitter
August 26, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.17
I give some thanks to all of my listeners including those who are listening from new countries in the last couple of weeks.  I suggest listening to past podcast episodes and their guests including: Dr Laura Huey, John Ng, Dr John Shjarback, Dr Peter Langman, Dr Eric Piza, Dr Cynthia Lum, Lt Glen Mills, and many more.If you are looking to gain some knowledge on emerging technology and analytical tools for law enforcement, check out NIRO Crime Analysis for webinars, courses, tips and more.
August 19, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.16
Hello all you NIRO Knowledge listeners!  In this episode I give some thanks to my audience and those who have surfed the web over to my website and have continued to support me in my journey.Technology is always changing.  As analysts, we have little time, patience and energy to research new technologies let alone learn how to use it.  Training can be hard to find, expensive and have short term impact.  That's why I started NIRO Crime Analysis.  I identify, simplify and instruct on emerging analytical tools for law enforcement.
August 12, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.15
I talk about the new homes for the web store and the podcast.  I also delve into substance abuse, family and how I reflect on events in my life and how it helps give me more perspective in my work.Links:NIRO Crime Analysis
August 05, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.14
I speak about NIRO's new homes, my storefront, UALE, my upcoming Power BI webinar (on 7/30/2020), and a little bit about how I got here, who helped get me to where I am today, and where I am going from here.Links:NIRO Knowledge podcastNIRO Crime Analysis (new home of UALE and so much more!)
July 29, 2020
Episode 17 - Owen Miller
Owen Miller, an analyst with Thames Valley Police in the UK, investigates crime and vulnerabilities.  He uses Evidence Based and Hard Based Policing strategies to assist his unit to success.
July 22, 2020
Episode 16 - Dr Eric Piza
Dr. Eric L. Piza is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Prior to entering academia, he served as the Specialist of the Newark, NJ Police Department, Research Director for Crime Analytics of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, and Research ProgramCoordinator of the Police Institute. Dr. Piza is involved in a number of applied research projects focusing on the spatial analysis of crime patterns, problem-oriented policing, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. Currently, Dr. Piza is leading a research project involving the systematic observation of body-camera footage to analyze situational characteristics of police use of force events. He has published more 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and secured over $2.3 million in grants in support of this research. Dr. Piza was the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing’s Early Career Award, which recognizesoutstanding scholarly contributions to the field of policing by someone who has received his or her Ph.D. degree within the last five years. He received his PhD from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice. Links:Newark NJ foot patrol study
July 15, 2020
Episode 15 - Dr Read Hayes
Read Hayes has over 30 years’ of hands-on law enforcement, retailing, and research-based crime control experience in the US and over 20 countries. Reads is the University of Florida Crime Prevention Research Team’s Co-Director, and Director of the 160 corporate member retailer-supplier-LE coalition Loss Prevention Research Council. Read and his team have conducted over 300 LP field research projects including 25 place-based RCTs, and his current research focus includes offender and customer decision-making and situational deterrence at different geo-scales. Links:LPRC - Loss Prevention Research Council
July 08, 2020
Episode 14 – Dr Cynthia Lum
Dr. Cynthia Lum is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the areas of policing, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, technology, and translational criminology. Her works in these areas include evaluating the impacts of patrol and detective activities, interventions, and technologies; understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing; and measuring police proactivity. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolios.Professor Lum is an appointed member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), and has also served on the NAS’s Committee on Proactive Policing as well as its Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement. She is a member of the National Police Foundation Board of Directors, the Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an Executive Counselor for the American Society of Criminology. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and is the co-Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with colleagues at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Arizona State University.Her recent book, with Christopher Koper is Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (2017, Oxford University Press). Professors Lum and Koper are Editors-In-Chief of Criminology and Public Policy, the flagship policy journal of the American Society of Criminology.Links:Reinventing American Policing
July 01, 2020
Episode 13 – Andrew Reece
Andrew Reece is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a double major in criminology and government & politics). He jumped into government contract work for the US Dept. of Justice shortly after graduation. He mostly performed financial analysis of USDOJ grant expenditure. He moved to Blacksburg and became a communications officer for the Virginia Tech Police Dept for 2 years. From there, he worked in the financial crimes division of Wells Fargo for a short period of time before taking his current position as a crime analyst for the Roanoke City Police Department, where he recently celebrated his 4th “anniversary” in May. His current position mostly has him focusing on crime series, trends/patterns, hot spot analysis, and various data requests that come from inside and outside the department. He is also one of only a few hundred certified crime prevention specialists in the state of Virginia, and also recently acquired his general instructor certification from the state’s division of criminal justice services.Links:Roanoke VA Police Facebook pageAndrew’s Roanoke PD emailAndrew’s Music on BandCamp (yes, he writes and plays music too)
June 24, 2020
NIRO Knowledge – Episode 0.13
A super short update of upcoming guests: analyst Andrew Reece, Dr Cynthia Lum, Dr Eric Piza, Dr Read Hayes and an analyst from the UK! A whole but of information about to come zipping your way. Stay tuned for information on signing up for two, hour long, webinars that I will be hosting, one in July and one in August. Links:FREE Microsoft Access course for beginner's
June 17, 2020
NIRO Knowledge – Episode 0.12
My apologies to Andrew Reece for losing my own audio somehow. It did not track but we did get his side of things. Unfortunately, it means the great conversation we had needs to be redone. In the meantime, here is a one off for you. I provide updates on the Access course, upcoming guests, the state of things, my philosophy update and I break down what my logo's meaning and where it came from. Links:Free Microsoft Access Beginner's Course
June 10, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.11
Just a short episode, since I was sick and had to postpone my interview, where I talk about upcoming guests, my new logo that you will start seeing around and how the work is going on the new version of UALE and a little bit more. Stay tuned for upcoming guests Andrew Reece, Hillary Peladeau and Dr Cynthia Lum. Links:UALE - the FREE online Microsoft Access course geared towards the criminal justice field
June 03, 2020
Episode 12 – CrimCon: Dr Andrew Wilczak and Dr Troy Payne
Dr Andrew Wilczak received his MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 and his PhD in Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2011, with a focus in criminology and social psychology. His research interests include examining how violence and exposure to violence influence adolescent development, the history of violence and public policy, and the role of criminological theory in understanding revolutionary action. He is the host of two podcasts focusing on public scholarship: Untenured Tracks, a casual interview series with untenured faculty and graduate students about their research and pedagogy, and Strength Check, a collaborative project with Drs. Joan Antunes, Mike Dando, and Shauna Lesseur, which focuses on narrative storytelling as a teaching tool.Dr Troy Payne has been at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2010. Before that, he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His primary interests are translational research, data visualization, crime prevention and policing — but he’s also done work in risk assessment and a handful of other areas over the years. Most recently, as Associate Director of the Alaska Justice Information Center, he has been focused on translational research, on finding ways to communicate his findings to both policy members and the public.Links:CrimCon (Criminal Consortium)CrimCon on Twitter
May 27, 2020
Episode 11 – Trina Cook
An analyst since 2000, Trina gained law enforcement experience as a records specialist for six years before starting at Tukwila PD. Trina became an IACA Certified Law Enforcement Analyst in 2012. In 2014-15, she led the vendor selection process for her department’s new records management system. Trina was relocated in 2017 to her department’s Major Crimes Unit and loves assisting detectives on interesting cases. Trina enjoys being involved in her regional association, NORCAN, and has a special place in her heart for threshold analysis and z-scores. Below is the image Trina and I talk about in the episode.Links:Trina’s EmailNORCANTrina on LinkedInTukwila Police Facebook: Police Twitter: @TukwilaPD
May 20, 2020
NIRO Knowledge – Episode 0.10
A little One Off for you with information on the next guest, a future guest, an email sign up form for some free Access tips, one a day for each day of the work week next week, and sign up for more! Sorry for the huffing and puffing but it was a great morning walk! Links:Email newsletter sign up formUltimate Access for Law Enforcement free coursePower BI Survey
May 13, 2020
NIRO Knowledge – Episode 0.9
I give a quick apology to you, my audience, for not keeping to my publishing schedule, I give an update of interviews and guests to come (with a name drop for a June episode), and I give you some quick insights on what I have been working on (myself and the Access online course sequel to come) with some resources in these show notes below. Please listen to Dawn Reeby's and Amy Boudreau's podcast episodes if you are looking to help grow yourself and want to put yourself first (or even put yourself on your list of things to take care of) since we are the most important part of our lists. Links:Dawn Reeby's Rising GENIUSS programFree consultation call with Dawn to see if the GENIUSS program is right for youMore of Dawn's FREE RESOURCESDawn's NIRO Knowledge Episode Amy Boudreau's NIRO Knowledge Episode (show notes have TONS of links related to personal wellness)
May 08, 2020
NIRO Knowledge – Episode 0.8
A day late but another weekly episode of NIRO Knowledge. It is your host once again speaking to you all about our current state of affairs, networking, and growing yourself during these times that may leave us vulnerable for social interaction and give us a little more downtime to learn something new. Links:IACAUltimate Access for LE - online Microsoft Access course
April 30, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.7
I just wanted to give an update of COVID related matters and a quick comment to the idea of “herd immunity.” A quick thanks to those who downloaded the course, and there were quite a few of you, and to those that let me know that you have had success in building your own databases already from what you learned.Resources and Links:Ultimate Access for LEAmerican Society of Evidence Based PolicingCanadian Society of Evidence Based PolicingNIRO Knowledge on Twitter
April 22, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.6
Hello everyone and thank you again for lsitening. If you know someone, including yourself, that would like to share something on the show, please reach out to me ____.Check out past episodes while we wait for this COVID-19 turbulence to clear up and the FREE online Microsoft Access course, Ultimate Access for Law Enforcement (but for anyone in criminal justice that is looking to track data utilizing a data management application).
April 15, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.5
A quick thank you to those essential personnel that are the out there on the front lines from police to corrections to grocery store staff and so many more. These trying and turbulent times have forced numerous cancellations of in person training and conferences and I have opened up my online course for free. Jump right to learning Microsoft Access and learn how you can apply it to criminal justice usage whether you are an admin, detective, analyst, student, correctional officer or anyone within the industry.Links:Ultimate Access for Law Enforcement online course
April 08, 2020
Episode 10 - Dr Joel Caplan
Dr. Joel Caplan is Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of criminal Justice, Director of the Masters Program, and Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security. Joel co-developed and continues to advance the spatial crime analysis technique of Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), now used in over 35 states in the US and over 40 countries worldwide.  He has prior professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher, and emergency medical technician, and he routinely serves as a research partner and consultant to agencies in the U.S. and around the world on matters of public safety and security. Joel’s latest book titled “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” brings a lot of his evidence-based practices and experiences together in one place.Links:RTMDx Gratis Program – the RTM program to download and useJoel Caplan’s Twitter – for more great analytical insight and more
April 01, 2020
Episode 9 - Amy Boudreau
A University of Windsor graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and a minor in Criminology and Psychology, Amy Boudreau has spent the last nine years as a Police Constable with a specialty in Crime Prevention. She holds a Professional Communications Certificate from the University of Toronto, has the International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) designation, and is currently enrolled in a Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Waterloo.Amy serves as a Mental Health Ambassador, Peer Support Team Member, and is part of the First Responder Mindfulness Network (FRMN) run by the Ministry of the Solicitor General Corporate Healthcare and Wellness Branch. Amy has extensive training in crisis response, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness training. In 2016, she attended the International Meditation Centre located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for meditation training and in 2017, she began organizing meditation sessions at a local temple for police employees. At the same time, she launched her “@TheYogaCop” social media platforms to advocate, educate, inspire, and spread awareness. She holds a Corporate Yoga Certification, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Certification, and uses Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) which assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma, to help others in reaching a state of balance.Occupational Stress Injury (OSI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop over time from persistent work-related psychological injury or difficulty caused by traumatic experiences, prolonged high stress, or fatigue during service. Amy’s mission is to assist others in developing self-care, self-compassion, self-belief, and optimism, and to teach others how to maintain individual wellbeing protective factors against burn-out and psychological difficulties through a unique mental resiliency framework. Amy remains involved within the policing community through several activities:Executive Board Member for the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP)Community Liaison for the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing (CANSEBP)Advancing “We” in Policing (AWIP) Committee Member, Ontario Working GroupCrime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Level 1 instructorAmy Boudreau – Wellness PresentationOpenAmy Boudreau – Helpful ResourcesOpenLinks:The Wellness Presentation file is a PDF that we were discussing during the show so you can follow along and also see the visuals that she provided.The second download of resources contains the below resources as well as others for further research.First Responder Wellness & Mental Health, with a focus on Yoga and Mindfulness MeditationFirst Responder Mindfulness Network (FRMN): a network of officers and researchers across North America collaborating, information-sharing and pioneering to advocate, educate, and bring about change within their first-responder industries as it relates to wellness and mental health through the use of mindfulness modalities, led by the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Corporate Healthcare and Wellness Branch in Toronto, Canada. Co-leads: & 
March 25, 2020
Episode 8 - Lorna Ferguson
Lorna Ferguson is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology department at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is the Director of Operations for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (CAN-SEBP). Lorna’s current research focuses on evidence-based policy, policing, and missing persons. Specifically, she examines police responses to missing by conducting interviews with police personnel from across Canada – missing persons coordinators, Search and Rescue members, police detectives, frontline officers, with the hope of filling in knowledge gaps on ‘what works’ ‘what doesn’t work’ and ‘what we still don’t know’ in terms of how to most effectively and efficiently response to missing person reports.Links:Lorna on TwitterLorna’s email: lfergu5  uwo.caLorna’s research on Missing PersonsCAN-SEBP – Canadian Society for Evidence Based Policing
March 18, 2020
Episode 7 - Dawn Reeby
Dawn Reeby is an energized, subject matter expert, trainer, seasoned, and certified law enforcement analyst with success in leadership training and the development, integration, and growth of data-driven strategies. She partners with a variety of federal, state and local agencies as a law enforcement strategy specialist, designing and delivering training including webinars, nationally certified courses, day- and week-long workshops, and technical assistance.Dawn is also the CEO of “Excellence in Analytics” and the founder of the “Rising Geniuss Transformation Program”. She is a highly sought-after law enforcement strategist and peak performance coach known for creating skilled, balanced and highly productive professionals in law enforcement analytics. She helps these professionals and rising leaders to achieve a career that gives purpose, financial stability, and impact IN UNISON with a personal life of confidence, balance and joy. She and her team do this with systems, strategies and clarity coaching so that law enforcement analysts can discover and live the lives that they absolutely love, catapulting their careers with leadership of self as a top priority. Her clients become more confident, highly efficient and productive, and deeply valued leaders who thrive personally and professionally.Links:Schedule a free 30 minute call with DawnDawn’s Rising Geniuss programJoin her Facebook group Tribe of Excellence for freeCheck out her website, Excellence in AnalyticsFollow Dawn on LinkedIn
March 11, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.4
I talk about my upcoming guest Dawn Reeby, Twitter live streaming, my online Microsoft Access course version 2.0, the MACA conference and my presentation of Gephi and how my make-up artist did not show up on time this morning. Link to the Twitter video where this audio came from below.Links:Twitter VideoMy Online Microsoft Access CourseMACA (Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts) OrganizationMicrosoft Access problems form
March 05, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.3
What is worse than someone who doesn’t yield when coming onto the highway when they don’t have the right of way at all? I’m not sure but I engage the listeners by wondering if we can come up with various problems to be solved and if we can find out how much of a problem they are. My scenario wonders if those who don’t yield when coming onto the highway create the traffic back up that then causes stress and aggression and might increase road rage incidents.Take to Twitter and let me know what daily problems you see that would be great to research.Links:
February 26, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.2
In this episode, I speak about using Twitter as my main source of social media to get out quick messages, interact with the audience and my use of polls. I speak to the difference in using Microsoft Access and Excel and my online course for Access. There is a short Google form for anyone who wishes to fill it out and speak to any issue that they may have with Microsoft Access. These will be addressed and added into my updated online course that will release a little later this year.I also pay tribute to a great man who we lost recently, Daniel Bibel. I read his biography on his show that was sent out over our MACA listserv. It was an honor to know him and he will be missed.Links:TwitterUALE – Ultimate Access for Law Enforcement online course– Version 2.0 COMING SOON!MACAMicrosoft Access Problems/Issues Form
February 19, 2020
Episode 6 - Dr Peter Langman
Dr. Peter Langman is a psychologist whose research on school shooters hasreceived international recognition. His book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title and was translated into German, Dutch, and Finnish. His work has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Fox, CNN, the BBC, and over 450 other news outlets in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. After the Sandy Hook attack, the CEO of the American Psychological Association presented Dr. Langman’s recommendations on school safety to President Obama. He has presented at both the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He has been an invited speaker at the National Counterterrorism Center and was hired by Homeland Security to trainprofessionals in school safety. He maintains the largest online collection ofmaterials relating to school shooters at, including over 500 documents totaling 65,000 pages. His latest book is School Shooters:Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators. In 2018, Dr.Langman became a researcher with the National Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service.
February 12, 2020
Episode 5 - Springfield MA ARTAC
I talk with Cristina Fernandez, Scott Roberts and William “Bill” Schwarz of Springfield MA Police. They speak with me about their Real Time Crime Center where they perform tactical analysis as calls come in and strategic analysis going in the background among it all. They assist their agency but they also feed their community information about what is happening in their respective areas of town as well. If you are ready to find out how life runs in a crime analysis unit working in real time, give this episode a listen.Links:Springfield MA Police websiteSpringfield MA Crime Analysis Email
February 05, 2020
NIRO Knowledge - Episode 0.1
Hello Knowledge fans! It is me, Nick, today speaking with you about the first 4 episodes of the podcast. I recap where we’ve been and I talk about where we are going. I thank my previous guests: Dr Laura Huey, Lt Glen Mills, Special Constable John Ng and Dr John Shjarback. I give a quick sneak peek, but no names, on two of the upcoming interviews I will be doing and let you in on my online course for Microsoft Access and that it will be revamped and for sale once again in a few months.Links:Dr Laura HueyGlen Mills’ Open Source Policing free resources websiteJohn NgDr John Shjarback‘s websiteUltimate Access for Law Enforcement – online Microsoft Access course
January 29, 2020
Episode 4 - Dr John Shjarback
Dr. John Shjarback is an assistant professor in the Department of Law and Justice Studies Rowan University after spending the last three years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. John’s research interests center on American policing with specific focuses on environmental and organizational influence on officer behavior and attitudes as well as contemporary issues in the field (e.g., the “Ferguson Effect”; de-policing; the “War on Cops” hypothesis; race and officer-involved shootings). He has worked collaboratively with various law enforcement agencies conducting evaluations. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, such as Criminology & Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Crime & Delinquency, and he has written op-eds for The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, and the El Paso Times.​Links:John’s WebsiteJohn’s Officer Involved Shooting Article – Science DirectWashington Post datasetTexas datasetCalifornia dataset
January 22, 2020
Episode 3 - John Ng
Special Constable John Ng is a divisional crime analyst with the Saskatoon Police Service and has been a law enforcement analyst for over 10 years. He’s a certified law enforcement analyst with the International Association of Crime Analysts and has been an active member having volunteered with their former Methods Subcommittee co-authoring a handful of technical papers on analytical methods including hotspot analysis, prioritizing offenders, and social network analysis and currently volunteers with their Publications Committee.He’s presented at crime analysis conferences and recently at the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) Conference on the role of crime analysts in EBP. He also served as the Analyst Series Coordinator (lead) for the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing’s (CAN-SEBP) Community Engagement Team and continues to volunteer as a Community Liaison for CAN-SEBP promoting the value of law enforcement analysts in EBP. More recently he’s been selected as an NIJ/IACP LEADS Scholar, which is a scholarship that helps support mid-level officers in advancing data and science in policing, he is one of the first crime analysts to received this scholarship.He’s successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. His research interests include police culture, police leadership, organizational change, police tactics & strategies, hotspots policing, offender management (and risk assessments), and crime analysis.Links:CAN-SEBP on TwitterCAN-SEBP onlineJohn on LinkedIn
January 15, 2020
Episode 2 - Glen Mills
Glen Mills is a lieutenant with the Burlington Massachusetts Police Department currently assigned to the Administrative Division and oversees community services, training, emergency management, information technology and dispatch. He is involved in a number of community outreach programs and manages his department’s social media, website, Citizens Police Academy, workplace safety and crime prevention efforts.Glen is also the current president of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts, the first vice president of Police Futurists International and an IACA-certified law enforcement analyst.Links:Police One article by Glen on disinformationBurlington MA PD TwitterOpenSourcePolicing – website loaded with free goodies
January 08, 2020
Episode 1 - Dr Laura Huey
Dr. Laura Huey is the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation, and a Research Fellow for the London Police Service. She also formerly sat on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee and was formerly a member of the Board of SERENE-RISC (a Canadian Centre of Excellence on Cybercrime).In this episode, Laura talks about the relevance of evidence based policing, data, the crime analyst, and how analysts can get involved in performing research.Links:LEADS Scholars – CanadaBetaGov**Update 1/10/2020**Special thanks to Steve Harmon who listened to the podcast and knew the study that escaped me during this show. Here is the Pacific Standard article and here is the link to the academic article about how “stop and frisk” could be creating negative effects on black and Latino juvenile males.
January 01, 2020