Experiences from a Randomized-Controlled Trial of Police Social Interaction Training

October 21, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

This webinar discusses the experience of conducting an RCT of a long-term, repetitive social interaction training program in two US police departments. Results of the study from survey data and administrative data are discussed, however, issues and challenges for conducting this type of training, especially in a randomized format, are also reviewed.


PRESENTERS:

Kyle McLean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Clemson University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, writing a dissertation on how individuals evaluate outcome fairness in police-citizen interactions. His policing research focuses on police-community relations, police training, and evaluations of policing programs. His recent research has been published in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Criminology & Public Policy.


Scott Wolfe is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan StateUniversity. His research focuses on policing, organizational justice, legitimacy, and criminological theory. His work has appeared in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Law and Human Behavior.


Jeff Rojek is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jeff’s research focuses on policing and anti-counterfeiting. He has received more than $3 million in research funding from federal (National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), state and local agencies as a principal and co-principal investigator to examine topics that include police practitioner-researcher partnerships, intelligence led-policing, violent crime, law enforcement response to disasters, officer decision-making, officer safety and police training. His research has appeared in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Justice Quarterly.