Professor Lawrence Sherman

Lawrence Sherman is the Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University.

Sherman’s proposals for what he called ‘evidence-based policing,’ first presented in a Police Foundation Lecture in Washington, D.C. in 1998, have since become part of police reform discussions from India to Australia, and form the core of the global Police Executive Program Sherman directs at Cambridge. Last year, over 50 police leaders who had studied at Cambridge established the Society of Evidence-Based Policing, electing Sherman as an Honorary President of the Society.       

Sherman first joined the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 1982, serving as its Chair from 1995-99. He has also served as President of the American and International Societies of Criminology, as well as President of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

He is currently Director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology at Cambridge, Co-Director of the Indian National Police Academy’s Mid-Career Training Program, and Permanent Advisor on Citizen Security to the Inter-American Bank for Development in Latin America. The Jury Co-Chair for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology since 2006, he has designed and directed over 30 controlled field experiments in police and criminal justice practices.

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