Virtual Training Session: Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories (PIVOT)

Following historically high levels of violence in 2015, the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) made reducing violence, specifically gun-related violence, a primary objective. A new policing strategy – Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories or P.I.V.O.T. – was developed to identify and disrupt complex neighborhood infrastructures that facilitate violent criminal networks. The P.I.V.O.T. investigations team worked with over 20 public/private partners to systematically dismantle crime place networks in chronically violent locations. These sites have experienced significant and sustained reductions in violent crime and increased levels of community engagement, with a diffusion of crime control benefits to nearby communities.


Dr. Tamara Herold, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Tamara D. Herold (formerly Madensen) is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Graduate Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She also serves as a consultant for the University of Cincinnati/International Association of Chiefs of Police – Center for Police Research and Policy. She received her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Crime Prevention from the University of Cincinnati. She uses the crime science perspective to study the criminological impact of the design and management of places, as well as crowd and neighborhood dynamics associated with violence. Her publications propose, extend, or test crime science theoretical models. They also help translate research findings into practice and policy. Her work has appeared in various outlets, including Criminology and Justice Quarterly. Her book, Preventing Crowd Violence, has been translated into two foreign languages. She has published numerous practitioner-focused research papers, including two Problem-Oriented Policing Guides. She co-developed the violence reduction initiative, Place-based Investigations of Violent Offender Territories (PIVOT), which was the winner of the 2017 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. At UNLV, Dr. Herold has received the CSUN Faculty Excellence Award, the University Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award, and the College of Urban Affairs Teaching and Community Engagement Awards.

Captain Matthew Hammer, Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department

When:    Wednesday, December 16th at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time)

Session Length:  1 hour and 30 minutes.

This virtual training session will be held via Zoom.  A link to the meeting will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

Attendance limit: 50  

Cost: The registration fee for the session is $50.

Registration payments may be made online with a credit card or by check.  Checks should be made payable to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing and sent to:

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Arizona State University
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Ave., Suite 600, Mail Code 4420
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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