Program Committee Chairman

Nick CroftsProfessor Nick Crofts

Director, Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (CLEPH), Melbourne, Australia

Professor Nick Crofts is an epidemiologist and public health practitioner who has been working in the fields of HIV/AIDS, illicit drugs, harm reduction and law enforcement for 30 years. His major epidemiological work has been on the control of HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users in Australia and globally, including almost every country in Asia. As a designer and technical director of AusAID’s flagship HIV/AIDS program in Asia, ARHP 2002-2007, he was instrumental in building capacity among SE Asian police forces in relation to HIV, and has worked in many settings forging relationships between police and public health. He founded the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN) in 2009, convenes the International Working Group on Policing Marginalised Communities, and is Director of the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences.

Nick Crofts was previously at the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health for 19 years, where he was instrumental in building its Public and International Health arms, and was Deputy Director for five years. He was Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre for three years, and then at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, developing its Law Enforcement and Public Health Program. His most recent appointment was as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin. He has been a member of Australia’s National Council on AIDS three times, and has performed multiple consultancies for WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, AusAID and other bilateral and multilateral agencies.

He edited the first Manual for Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Asia, founded the Asian Harm Reduction Network, and for his work in Asia was awarded the International Rolleston Award in 1998. He is author of over 150 articles, book chapters and editorials in refereed journals. As well as being technical director for AusAID’s regional HIV program, ARHP, he was technical director of AusAID’s Indonesian harm reduction program. He was principal investigator on an AusAID funded research project in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, on the influence of harm reduction on police.


International Program Committee

Lillian ArtzLillian Artz

University of Cape Town

Prior to establishing the Gender Health & Justice Research Unit in 2004, Lillian spent 10 years as a chief researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law, UCT). Artz has published extensively on domestic violence, sexual offences, feminist theory and women’s rights to freedom and security in Africa and has worked on criminal justice and health care reform in Southern and East Africa over the past 20 years. This includes partnering with local and regional NGO’s to improve research, monitoring and advocacy strategies to effect policy change, legal reform and access to justice. Her current project work includes research on female offenders in prisons and psychiatric settings, domestic homicide, the epidemiology of child sexual abuse, as well as the medico-legal management of domestic violence and sexual offences. Current regional projects include the prevention of torture and ill treatment in South Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and Uganda as well as on pre-trial detention in Zambia, Mozambique and Kenya. She is also currently working on the development of medico-legal services and police responses to victims of sexual and other forms of gender-based violence in South Sudan and Pakistan. Artz is the Vice President of the Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa and has worked as a technical consultant to a wide range of parliamentary structures, law commissions, criminal justice institutions and international donors in Southern and East Africa. She is on the editorial board of Agenda and Acta Criminologica and is co-editor of Should we Consent?: Rape Law Reform in South Africa and co-author of Hard Time(s): Women’s Pathways to Crime and Incarceration (2012). Her latest book Women, Crime and Incarceration is due for publication in 2016.


Richard BentRichard (Dick) Bent

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Richard has been a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS), Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, since 2009. Prior to joining ICURS he served 35 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a variety of diverse roles, and ended his career in the executive ranks of the RCMP.

Richard’s research interests include mental health calls for service, policing complexity, performance management for police organizations, national security, governance, and public policy pertaining to justice and policing issues.

Richard has developed strong ties with CEAMOS at the University of Chile and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


 Chris BothaChris J. Botha (SOE*)

Chris Botha served in the former South African Police (SAP), at the University of South Africa (Unisa) as a lecturer in the Department of Criminology and in the South African Police Service (SAPS) until retirement at the end of June 2006 in the rank of Assistant Commissioner (the current rank of Major General). He has completed forty three years in the field of policing with specific interest in policing education, training and development. Chris was involved in the transformation of policing as well as in the transformation of the education, training and development environment in South Africa during the years before, and following, the first all-franchise election. He has extensive experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of learning and is a qualified assessor and moderator of outcomes based education, training and development. Chris has six books in print, is the author of several academic articles and chapters in books and is a peer reviewer for international as well as South African publications. He is a moderator for Umalusi, the South African quality assurer for general and further education. He is a professional associate, a Fellow of the Leadership INDABA and convenor of the Justice, Peace, Safety and Security Helix of the Public Leadership Forum at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University. He regularly delivers papers at national and international conferences and facilitates learning in the country, the region and on the continent. Chris has worked in 16 countries on 3 continents of the world and maintains an extensive international network.

*Stella Officii Egregii, the post-nominal title for the South African Police Service Star for Outstanding Service.


Scott BurrisProfessor Scott Burris

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Scott Burris is a Professor of Law at Temple University, where he directs Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research and Policies for Action programs. He work focuses on how law influences public health, and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. He is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, articles and reports on issues including urban health, HIV/AIDS, research ethics, global health governance, and the health effects of criminal law and drug policy. His work has been supported by organizations including the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the CDC. He has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. and international organizations including WHO, UNODC and UNDP. He has been a visiting scholar at RegNet at the Australian National University, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Cape Town Law School. Professor Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).


David DixonProfessor David Dixon

University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor David Dixon has been Dean since January 2007. Previously he was Senior Associate Dean in 2006 and Director or Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty from 1995 to 2005. His strong commitment to interdisciplinary research is indicated by his education: undergraduate law at Cambridge, postgraduate criminology in the Department of Social Policy at Hull, then a doctorate on the social history of gambling regulation in the Department of Sociology at University College, Cardiff. He came to Australia in 1989 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW to carry out a comparative fieldwork study of policing in England and NSW. Previously, he had been a lecturer at the Law School, University of Hull, England. After a period as a research fellow at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in Newark and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, he rejoined the UNSW Law Faculty in 1992.

He has acted as adviser to the Home Office (England & Wales), the (then) Criminal Justice Commission (Queensland), the NSW Police, and the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service (NSW). As well as teaching Criminal Law in the LL.B. and Policing in the LL.M., he has taught B.Soc.Sci. Criminology students. He was co-editor of Criminal Justice: An International Journal of Policy and Practice, and editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Focusing on the interrelationships between law and policing practice, his recent and current research includes projects on police interrogation; comparative crime control strategies, police reform, and the policing of drug markets.

His books include ‘From Prohibition to Regulation: Bookmaking, Anti-Gambling and the Law’ (Oxford University Press); ‘Law in Policing: Legal Regulation and Police Practices’ (Oxford University Press); ‘A Culture of Corruption: Changing and Australian Police Service’ (Hawkins Press); and ‘Interrogating Images: Audio-visually Recorded Police Questioning of Suspects’ (Institute of Criminology).


Thomas GoetzThomas Goetz

City of Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Thomas Goetz is a German board-certified psychiatrist and public health physician. He studied medicine at the University of Freiburg in Germany and completed his residency in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Berlin and Dresden. After working as senior consultant and head of the patient admission center at the Psychiatric University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland and a sabbatical as Translational Neuroscience Expert at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Basel he is now heading the Department of Psychiatry of the Public Health Authority of the City of Frankfurt/Main, Germany and serves as the municipal coordinator of psychiatric services. He is the initiator of the Frankfurt Network for Suicide Prevention and heads the working group “municipalities and suicide prevention” in the German National Suicide Prevention Program.
Main areas of interest: public mental health and global mental health, suicide prevention, disaster psychiatry, mental disorders over the lifespan, preventive medicine, salutogenesis, urbanicity and mental health, stigma.
Clinical Experience in bipolar disorders, treatment resistant depression, schizophrenia, autism, geriatric psychiatry, consultation and liaison psychiatry, neurodegenerative disorders, suicidal behavior
Research Experience in clinical trial design, human and animal electrophysiology and imaging, molecular biology, neurogenetics, epidemiology.


Inga HeymanInga Heyman

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

Inga Heyman is a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining the University, Inga worked within Police Scotland (Legacy Force-Grampian Police) as Adult Protection Co-ordinator. This work encouraged a strong interest in public protection collaborative working and inter- professional education.

Inga worked in clinical practice for over 30 years in both the UK and Australia with a focus on problematic substance use in pregnancy and parenting, police custody nursing and substance use in the offshore energy sector. Within the university, Inga has co-developed multi-agency learning resources to support collaborative police, health and social care responses to radicalisation, domestic abuse, mental health, and adult and child protection.
Inga’s teaching and research interests lie in custody health care, suicide intervention, radicalisation, remote environment mental health care, and police and health service collaboration in response to people in need of mental health support.

She is currently working on her doctoral studies focusing on the interface and pathways between police, those in mental health distress and emergency health services. Inga is a member of the Police Special Operations Group within the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research, Robert Gordon University and a member of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) network.


Staff Identikit Vicki 006 - CEPS croppedVictoria Herrington

Australian Institute of Police Management

Victoria is an experienced academic, with expertise in applied policing and criminal justice research. Victoria has worked for the University of Portsmouth, the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at King’s College London, and Charles Sturt University, before joining the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in 2011. She has extensive experience using both qualitative and quantitative research designs, interactive evaluation methodologies and participatory action research, and has worked closely with law enforcement agencies in both Australia and the UK. She has a track record of producing practically relevant and academically rigorous research outputs for a range of audiences. Outside of academia, Victoria started her career as a crime analyst with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Victoria’s research interests include maximizing strategic policing partnerships, interactions between the police and psychologically vulnerable groups, the (dis)connection between legislation and policy development in a criminal justice context, and leadership in public safety organisations.

Victoria is co-editor of Policing in Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) which provides police studies students, young in service police officers, and recruits with a companion text linking policing practice with academic theory. Victoria is a member of the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism; and the Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers; and an Associate Editor of the Salus Journal. She also regularly peer reviews papers for – amongst others – Policing and Society, Current Issues in Criminal Justice; and Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.

In her current role as Director, Research and Learning at the AIPM, Victoria is responsible for research and academic governance at the Institute, and the development of research initiatives with partner agencies. This includes research on leadership and organisational theory, and evaluating the impact that leadership development can have on organizational and individual working practices. Victoria is passionate about the value that research can have to the public safety professions, and initiated the AIPM’s Research Focus publication to better operationalize the latest in academic theory and research into practical implications for public safety leaders.

Victoria has a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Psychology, and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice Studies, both from the University of Portsmouth, and a PhD in Laws from King’s College London.


Laura HueyLaura Huey

Canadian Society for Evidence-Based Policing, Canada

Laura Huey is the Director of the Canadian Policing Research Network and the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on the Future of Policing Models, a founding member of SERENE-RISC (a NCE-funded cybercrime research consortium) and a Senior Researcher for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. Her current research projects focus on online radicalization (supported by Public Safety Canada), Supportive Reporting (RCMP B division with Rose Ricciardelli), Peer Support Program evaluation (with the London Police Service) and The Police Paperwork Burden.

Her particular interests are policing and mental health and policing of marginalized populations.


steve-jamesSteve James PhD MA Dip Crim

Steve James is a Principal Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD in Criminology from the University of Melbourne where he has researched and taught for 30 years. His research has been dominated by policing and law enforcement studies. With his colleague the late Adam Sutton, he completed the first national review of Australian drug law enforcement in 1996. From 2012 to 2014 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for COREPOL: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Restorative Justice and the Policing of Ethnic Minorities in Germany, Austria and Hungary, a European Union-funded comparative research program. He continues to be active in law enforcement studies, particularly at the intersection with public health.


Ruth Jones 2 Ruth Jones OBE

Worcester University, UK

Ruth Jones OBE is the Director of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) at the University of Worcester. In this role she leads staff in the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses including, the Masters Degree in Professional Development: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence’ the Postgraduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence and the Foundation Degree for Sexual Violence Crisis Workers. She also designs and delivers courses in Family Studies, Social Policy and Social Welfare.

Ruth and her team also deliver training on all forms of violence and abuse to a large range of statutory agencies, voluntary organisations, educational establishments and the corporate sector as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision and act as consultants to many domestic and sexual abuse projects locally, nationally and internationally.

Ruth has been recognised for her work in the domestic and sexual abuse sector with a number of awards including the award for best UK Universities Applied Research Project (2010). She was awarded the title of Worcestershire Woman of the Year in 2011 and Inspirational Woman of Europe in 2012. Ruth was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 for services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and was recognised by the Chief of the Pakistan Police Bureau for her international work which has included work in Pakistan, the USA, Fiji, India, Russia, Amsterdam and Malta.


Roberta JulianRoberta Julian

Director, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, Australia

Associate Professor Roberta Julian (PhD) is the Foundation Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) at the University of Tasmania where she conducts research in policing and criminology. She is a sociologist who has 30 years of experience conducting research with migrant and refugee communities. Since her appointment as Director of TILES in 2003, her community-based research interests have been extended to include issues surrounding other ‘at risk’ populations such as young offenders and victims of family violence. She has a particular interest in the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system and, over the last decade, has developed an innovative program of social science research in the field of ‘forensic criminology’.  Until May 2015 she was the lead CI in a 5 year ARC Linkage Grant with Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the National Institute of Forensic Science (ANZPAA-NIFS) as industry partners. This project examined the effectiveness of forensic science in the criminal justice system with a focus on police investigations and court outcomes. Roberta is a member of the Board of Studies of the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM), President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, a past President of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA, and an Editorial Board Member of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.


Stuart KinnerProfessor Stuart Kinner

Griffith University, Australia

Professor Stuart Kinner is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow with a cross-faculty appointment in the Griffith Criminology Institute and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, at Griffith University. He also holds Honorary appointments at The University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Monash University and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Stuart has a PhD in forensic psychology and over the past 15 years has built a program of research focussed on the health of justice-involved populations. He sits on the Board of Directors for the NIDA-funded Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, co-convenes the Justice Health Special Interest Group in the Public Health Association of Australia, and since 2005 has served on Australia’s National Prisoner Health Information Committee.


Monique MarksProfessor Monique Michal Marks

Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Prof. Monique Marks currently heads up the newly established Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology (UFC@DUT). Initially trained as a social worker, she has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Natal, and writes predominantly in the field of criminology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labour relations, police organizational change and security governance. She has published four books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh and Megan O’Neill) and Police Reform from the Bottom Up (edited with David Sklansky). She has also published over 45 peer reviewed articles and numerous reports. She sits on a number of journal editorial boards as well as the Board of Trustees of the Safer South Africa Foundation. She is a B-rated researcher, indicating that she has substantial international recognition. In her research work on security governance she has forged close relations with government, both local and national. Monique also runs a large community engagement project in Durban’s largest low income municipal housing estate, Kenneth Gardens.


Karl RobertsProfessor Karl Roberts

University of Western Sydney, Australia

Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and is Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at The University of Western Sydney, Professor of Pacific Policing at the University of the South Pacific and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts. His areas of expertise are within policing in particular police resilience, police suicide, and law enforcement investigation focussing on assessment of offenders, investigative interviewing and risk assessment and risk management. His research focusses upon the interface between psychology, criminology and policing with the aim of identifying optimal policing approaches to social problems. Recently he published, with colleagues from the London Metorpolitan police, a guide for law enforcement and others to the investigation and management of honor based violence, Honor based violence: Policing and Prevention with CRC press and edited a collection of academic papers Honour Killing and Violence, Palgrave. In preparation is a book on police investigation of female genital mutilation and another on policing stalking. Karl works closely with law enforcement and other agencies throughout the world providing training and advice to investigations and has provided advice to over four hundred major police investigations worldwide. He is certified as an expert witness in the UK and by the New South Wales Supreme Court.


Dr Peter Silverstone

University of Alberta, Canada

Peter Silverstone is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business. He trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK, and then at Oxford University, where he completed his Doctoral Fellowship. He then joined the University of Alberta in 1992. He is an active researcher and teacher, having published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and has given more than 150 national and international presentations.

His previous major research interests focused on mood disorders, psychopharmacology, and the use of brain imaging studies to better understand mood disorders. He also recently completed a large and successful preventative mental health study for youth, focusing on prevention, early identification and early intervention. Currently, his research focus involves working with police forces and other first responders both to improve their interactions with individuals who have mental health issues, and to improve the mental health of members.

He has also had a diverse range of other interests, having worked in industry, including being a Senior Vice-President at a billion dollar pharmaceutical company, running smaller international health companies, and serving as the inaugural Scientific Director for the Strategic Clinical Network for Addiction and Mental Health within Alberta Health Services. He is also active as a board member of multiple organizations in a wide range of areas.


Stuart ThomasProfessor Stuart Thomas

RMIT University, Australia

Stuart Thomas is a Professor of Justice and Legal Studies in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He also holds an Honorary appointment at Monash University, Melbourne and is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales.

Stuart specialises in mental health epidemiology. His background is in psychology and law; he completed his PhD in Health Services Research specialising in Forensic Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. His research interests span police contact with vulnerable and otherwise marginalised populations, mental health stigma, police decision-making and police use of force.


Associate Professor Amy Watson

Amy C Watson, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has focused on the interface of the mental health and criminal justice systems. This work has examined mental health courts, Forensic Assertive Community Treatment and NIMH- funded work examining police response to mental health crisis from the perspectives of officers and persons with mental illnesses. She has studied and published widely on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. Her current active study, “CIT and Mental Health Service Accessibility in Police Encounters: Impact on Outcomes of Persons Serious Mental Illness” [R01 MH096744] is examining CIT in the context of disparities in service access across the city of Chicago. She is also interested in mental illness stigma. As the former project director of NIMH funded (RISP, PI Corrigan) Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to studying mental illness stigma, she has been involved in research on models of public stigma, self-stigma and stigma-change strategies.


Jennifer WoodProfessor Jennifer Wood

Temple University, USA

Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Temple University (Philadelphia). She received her doctorate in criminology at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Temple, she served as a Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

Jennifer is a criminologist with expertise in policing and regulation. Her work has explored how order and security is promoted by mixes of public and private entities including but well beyond the public police. Her co-authored book, Imagining Security (Willan, 2007; with Clifford Shearing), offers an account of ‘nodal governance’ as a means of explaining this plurality. She has published two co-edited books Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security (Cambridge, 2006; with Benoit Dupont) and Fighting Crime Together: The Challenges of Policing and Security Networks (University of New South Wales Press, 2006; with Jenny Fleming)). Jennifer is currently leading an action research project designed to strengthen connections between policing, security and public health entities in Center City, Philadelphia.

Jennifer is a Methods Core member of the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is the North American Regional Editor for Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy.


Local Program Committee

Bas BoiingBas Böing

Former police officer and detective. Now advisor to the board on a wide vary of problems and challenges for police organizations. Currently his focus lies on police ethics (i.e. ethic profiling, integrity, professional disobedience) and organized crime. He conducts research, writes articles and columns, and give lectures.


Tina DornDr Tina Dorn

Dr. Tina Dorn works as an epidemiologist at the Public Health Service Amsterdam. She has been involved in numerous projects at the intersection of forensic medicine, public and mental health. Past projects included research on the prevalence of drug body packing in the Amsterdam area, health issues of detainees and the development of guidelines for police and medical staff on how to deal with excited delirium in detainees. One of her recent projects concerns the delivery of integrated care for victims of sexual violence. Tina obtained a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a master of Public Health degree from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. She worked several years at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), conducting research on the public health impact of a major Dutch fire disaster. She obtained her PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.


Thijs FassaertDr Thijs Fassaert

Epidemiologist, Public Health Service, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thijs Fassaert studied Health Sciences at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. After that he worked several years with the Netherlands institute for health services research (NIVEL) in Utrecht. In 2006 he started as a PhD candidate at the Public Health Service in Amsterdam. He received his PhD in 2011 for his thesis on accessibility of mental health care services in the Netherlands for patients with a migrant background. Since then he is involved in several research projects within the domain of Public Mental Health Care. Among these are the development of an instrument to evaluate self-sufficiency of vulnerable populations (the Self-sufficiency Matrix) and the construction of a tool that helps determine the quality of psychosocial care delivered by professionals during the aftermath of disasters. Also, Thijs is involved with several studies that are conducted for the Top600 project, a program that aims to reduce the number of violent crimes, raids, street robberies and burglaries (high-impact criminality). As an epidemiologist Thijs is registered with the Dutch Association for Epidemiology.


Gerben Meynen 2Assistant Professor Gerben Meynen

VU University, Amsterdam

Gerben Meynen studied medicine, philosophy, and theology. He trained as a psychiatrist, and received a PhD in philosophy and in medicine. He is assistent professor at the Faculty of Philosophy VU University Amsterdam and endowed professor of Forensic Psychiatry (Tilburg University). He works as a psychiatrist at GGZ inGeest, Amsterdam.


Xavier MoonenAssociate Professor Xavier Moonen

Koraal Groep Sittart, Zuyd University, University of Amsterdam

Xavier Moonen is working as a psychologist and orthopedagogue with Koraal Groep Sittard. He is an associate professor at Zuyd University of applied science Heerlen and a researcher at the University of Amsterdam in the field of people with an intellectual disability (ID) in contact with law enforcement. He is working on projects concerning identification of ID by non-professionals, on interrogation of people with ID, on sexual abuse of people with ID and on people with ID in custody.


Joost MulderJoost Mulder

Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands

Joost Mulder is a Senior Advisor to local governments on alcohol, tobacco and drugs policy. The focus of his work lies on connecting prevention to law enforcement to make local prevention policy more effective. His expertise is in legal age limits, compliance of alcohol legislation, law enforcement, effective intervention strategies and municipal policy.

Some results of his work include: national policy guidelines for local alcohol policy, several compliance studies on age limits and over serving, development of a European Network on Alcohol Law Enforcement (ENALE), design of several local/regional integrated projects, evaluation of local drug problems and local policy evaluation for drugs.


Udo ReijndersProf. Dr. Udo Reijnders

Prof. Dr. Udo Reijnders works as a forensic physician at the Amsterdam Public Health Service (GGD) and holds a special chair in forensic medicine at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam. He has more than 25 years of experience as a practitioner. His research focusses on the improvement in death investigation practices, post-mortem toxicology, victims of violence and the age determination of physical injuries in a medico-legal context.


Menno SegerenMenno Segeren

Menno Segeren graduated as a social psychologist from Tilburg University, the Netherlands in 2008. Shortly thereafter he started to work as a researcher at GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service), at the department of epidemiology and health promotion. From 2011 onwards, he has studied forensic populations in Amsterdam (e.g., detainees, young adult violent offenders, homeless youth) with a keen interest for public (mental) health and social problems as determinants for the development and continuation of criminal behaviour. Furthermore, he currently studies age-transitions from youth to adolescence and ‘emerging adulthood’. In April 2015, he began his doctoral studies on this research project.


Fleur ThomeseDr Fleur Thomese

Associate Professor in Sociology, Faculty of Social Science,
VU University

Fleur Thomese is an Associate Professor in Sociology, Faculty of Social Science, VU University, and Director of the Talma Institute for the Study of Work, Care and Welfare, a knowledge and expert center of VU University Amsterdam on changing welfare states. The institute connects high level, independent and interdisciplinary research with societal questions, and intends to work in close collaboration with stakeholders on the renewal of social security in The Netherlands and Europe.


Jeroen TimmermanJeroen Timmerman, MD

Jeroen Timmerman, MD, studied medicine and law at the University Leiden. He works as a forensic doctor for the Public Health Service (GGD) in the greater Amsterdam area since 2001. He has also worked as resident in pathology (Reinier de Graaff hospital, Delft) and medical officer in Suriname (Langatabbetje). His current work includes forensic medicine, prison health care en expert medical advice for courts of law and the city of Amsterdam.


Auke van DijkAuke van Dijk

Agora Police & Security, Dutch Police Service, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Auke van Dijk is advisor to the chief of the Amsterdam police and strategist at the think tank Agora Police & Security. He has an academic background in international relations theory and international political economy. He has been senior advisor at the Committee for Evaluation of Intelligence and Security Services and was a member of the Vision on Policing Committee (Council of Chief Police Commissioners) that delivered a new comprehensive strategy for future policing.

He is cofounder of the Agora Police & Security. The Agora is an experimental space for thinking and debate among practitioners and academics. The central aim is to enhance the organisation’s ability to think; more specifically to make sense of the societal context and its current or future consequences for day-to-day policing, and to question the way ‘things are done’ by and in the organisation. The Agora is an ‘intellectual playing ground’ and a ‘safe haven’ for the development of new ideas and for contradicting current insights and policy.

Recent themes in his work are: the common ground of law enforcement and public health, vulnerable groups, policing a diverse society, and values-based leadership.


van der GeestAssistant Professor Victor van der Geest

VU University, Amsterdam

Victor van der Geest is assistant professor at the VU University Amsterdam, and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He studied Developmental Psychology at the Leiden University. In 2011 he received his PhD (cum laude) from the VU University for a dissertation on the criminal careers and employment pathways of a sample of formerly institutionalized youths. His current research focuses on developmental features of the criminal career, the link between (combined) adult transitions and crime, substance use and health outcomes in vulnerable groups, and life-course explanations of white-collar crime.


Richard van StedanAssociate Professor Ronald van Steden

VU University, Amsterdam

Dr Ronald van Steden is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His fields of interest are threefold. First, how does the ‘pluralization’ of policing – i.e. the growth of private security and municipal law enforcement, and their position vis-à-vis the police – develop in the Netherlands and elsewhere? Second, what are mechanisms of the ‘governance’ of local security? The focus here is on public-private partnerships between police, health care, schools, housing associations, and other neighborhood-based institutions. Third, what are relationships between citizenship and the police? This line of research includes issues such as active citizens joining neighborhood watches, voluntary police (or special constables), and police-citizen interaction in an urban multicultural context. Ronald closely works together with the Amsterdam Police force. He is also associated to the Stichting Maatschappij en Veiligheid, an independent foundation established to monitor and conduct research on the field of policing and security.


Joris van t HoffJoris van ‘t Hoff

Dutch National Police

Joris van ‘t Hoff graduated at Twente University (MSc Public Administration). He started his career as a researcher and consultant in the field of Traffic Safety and Mobility Policy. In 2003 he joined the Dutch police as a projectmanager/ consultant for several regional and national change management projects. In 2011 Joris was projectmanager for an innovative information sharing project with the aim to improve the direct care for people with mental health issues. This project inspired him to participate in several other initiatives in this field.

In 2012 he joined the National advisory board as a representative of the Eastern Netherlands. In this board he is responsible for the portfolio ‘Training, education and professionalization ‘.

Member of the Dutch national police mental healthcare advisory board.