Troy Police Department Honors UAlbany School of Criminal Justice Researchers Robert Worden and Sarah McLean
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ALBANY, N.Y. (May 31, 2006) -- University at Albany School of Criminal Justice faculty Sarah J. McLean and Robert E. Worden received the Troy Police Department's Merit Award at the Department's Annual Awards Ceremony. McLean, a research associate in the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center, and Worden, an associate professor of criminal justice and public policy, were cited for their assistance in making better use of the department's information for managerial purposes, and in establishing an accountability mechanism that resembles the COMPSTAT process in the New York City Police Department.
"During the past eighteen months, the Troy Police Department has been striving to implement a management system predicated upon the timely accumulation, analysis, and dissemination of information," said Troy Police Chief Nicholas F. Kaiser. "This undertaking, though long sought after, is now ready for implementation due to the efforts of Drs. Worden and McLean. They have truly made a difference in this agency and I cannot thank them enough. They are professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, yet present highly technical information in an easy-to-understand and personal manner."
McLean and Worden have worked with the Troy Police Department and other Rensselaer County criminal justice agencies as part of the Collaborative Crime Analysis Project (CCAP), which provides technical assistance to Troy and five other upstate cities in the development and refinement of data-driven strategies for crime reduction.
As one of the top criminal justice programs in the nation, UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice examines the political, economic and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime and influence policy. Graduates find opportunities in the expanding academic field of criminal justice research and teaching, all the operating agencies of criminal justice, in addition to the many private and non-profit organizations which provide services or make policy recommendations. For more information, visit the School of Criminal Justice.