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Jamie Roush

  • Inducted June 2012
  • Nominated by Christopher Koper, George Mason University

Biography:

Jamie L. Roush is the Crime Analysis Unit Manager for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. In her current assignment she manages 3 Public Safety/Crime Analyst Supervisors and 16 Public Safety/Crime Analysts. During her tenure she has completed tactical, investigative, and administrative analysis in support of a multitude of units within the Department(s) of Patrol and Enforcement and Investigations and Homeland Security. Ms. Roush has also completed specialized projects supporting various internal and external initiatives with federal, state and local law enforcement partners.

Ms. Roush is the North Florida Assistant Program Director for the Crime Analyst Training and Mentorship Program (CAMP) run by the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. She also currently serves as a consultant assisting the St. Johns County (FL) Sheriff’s Office in developing an intelligence-led policing database. Formerly she worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a law enforcement technology consultant. Ms. Roush is an author of two articles on crime analysis for Law Officer Magazine and is a frequent speaker at various law enforcement conferences. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA). She holds a Master of Science in Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from The Florida State University.


Evidence-Based Research and Practice:

Roush was selected for the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame for her commitment, along with Director Micheal Edwards, to using research and data analysis to improve police operations in Jacksonville. Both have contributed greatly to making crime analysis a key element in JSO’s decisions about resource allocation and strategy utilization, and they spearheaded JSO’s participation in a large-scale randomized experiment that has altered the agency’s approach to violence reduction and hot spots policing.

In 2007, they entered into a partnership with researchers to enhance JSO’s approaches to reducing street violence. As part of this effort, they committed to undertaking an ambitious and ground-breaking randomized experiment to test the comparative effectiveness of directed patrol and problem-oriented policing approaches at hot spots of violent crime.  Taking part in the experiment required a substantial investment of resources for JSO, as the agency dedicated a large group of officers to problem-solving or directed patrol at 43 hot spots.  Ms. Roush and Director Edwards were the key actors in approving and implementing the experimental initiatives.

Following the experiment, which showed that problem-solving produced larger and more lasting crime reductions at hot spots than did directed patrol, Ms. Roush and Director Edwards led the effort to institutionalize the results of this research into JSO’s practices.  Specifically, they spearheaded the development, training, and implementation of the Operation Safe Streets unit, which consists of 20 officers dedicated to full-time problem solving at hot spots of violent crime.  In doing this, Ms. Roush and Director Edwards have had to confront several challenges with regard to resource allocation, marketing, training, and the ongoing refinement of problem-solving, a strategy with which JSO had only limited prior experience.

But even more importantly, they continue to work towards the long-term goal of institutionalizing the use of research, analysis and evaluation throughout JSO. As partners with the Evidence-Based Policing program of the CEBCP, they and JSO continue to partner on a variety of evaluation and organizational projects, including the Matrix Demonstration Project. Their long term efforts and commitment to evidence-based policing provide important lessons in not only translating a research experiment into regular deployment, but sustaining and institutionalizing these efforts over time.

 

Publications and projects reflecting Ms. Roush’s efforts:

  • Roush, J. L. (2009). Analyze this (parts 1 and 2). Law Officer, November and December issues. (Part 1 here; Part 2 here)
  • Taylor, B., Koper, C. S., & Woods, D. J. (2011).  A randomized controlled trial of different policing strategies at hot spots of violent crime. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 7, 149–181.

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