Joel M. Caplan is Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM). He is also faculty of the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Innovations Suite Research Practitioner Fellows Academy.
His applied research focusing on risk assessment, spatial analysis, crime prevention and policing has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The World Bank. He has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher, and emergency medical technician in New Jersey, 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 national security.
His forthcoming book titled “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” (2018 Univ. of CA Press) brings a lot of these evidence-based practices and experiences together in one place.