- Inducted June 2018
- Nominated by Lorraine Mazerolle and Sarah Bennett, University of Queensland
Michael Newman is Detective Inspector for the Queensland Police Service where he has served for 26 years. He is currently the Manager of the Investigations and Intelligence Training Unit, Operational Policing and Leadership, People Capability Command for the police. D.I. Newman has served in numerous capacities in the QPS including Senior Sergeant and Regional Performance Officer for the Brisbane Regional Office, Senior Sergeant of the Tactical Crime Squad in Toowoomba, Detective Sergeant for the Australian Crime Commission (Brisbane Office), the Queensland Thoroughbred Racing Industry Commission, and the State Flying Squad. D.I. Newman holds a BINT in Applied Computer Science and Networking and a MIS in Information Systems Development from the University of Southern Queensland, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He served as a visiting fellow in evidence-based policing at the University of Queensland from 2016-2017.
Evidence-Based Research and Practice:
Professors Mazerolle and Bennett write that D.I. Newman’s efforts to facilitate evidence-based policing in the Queensland Police Service are “outstanding” and that Newman “has truly been instrumental in advancing EBP not just in Queensland, but across Australasia.” He completed his first randomized controlled trial in 2015 which tested the operationalization of a new QPS Mobile Police Community Office (MPCO) in crime hotspots in Brisbane’s Northern suburbs using officers who had received procedural justice training. The results of this trial found high ratings of police legitimacy by people visiting the MPCO and a modest decrease in crime in the target areas. His efforts led him to be a finalist for the QPS Award for Excellence.
From April 2016 to July 2017 Michael was the first Evidence Based Policing Visiting Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), School of Social Science. During this time he developed, designed and/or facilitated a large number of noteworthy projects to advance evidence-based policing within the QPS, Queensland and beyond. These projects include a number of randomized controlled trials of training programs to enhance capability and specialized responses. For example, Newman led the development of the Investigating Sexual Assault – Corroborating and Understanding Relationship Evidence (ISACURE) trial which evaluated the application of evidence-based practice into an intensive course for police investigating adult complaints of sexual assault. Preliminary results find significant pre-post differences in knowledge and practice application for ISACURE investigators. He co-designed the evaluation framework for the Blended Delivery of Detective Training trial testing standard training with a blend of interactive and flexible online education and face-to-face training. D.I. Newman provided extensive development and implementation assistance for the Procedural Justice Training of Recruit Trial and the Online Intelligence Fundamental Training Trial, which included innovative skills-based measures to determine how effective training translated to practice. Many additional trials benefited from his leadership and direction.
D.I. Newman has also contributed to the advancement of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ANZSEBP). He has been the secretary for the society for a number of years, spearheading a number of innovations, notably increasing membership, producing three issues of a new journal (Police Science), and pulling together the SEBP annual conferences.
Statement from Detective Inspector Newman:
Allen, C., & Newman, M. (2017). Operations Reset – The Impact of Police Initiated Procedural Justice Intervention Conversations on Offending Behaviour: 9 cent crime reductions? Police Science: The Journal of the ANZ Society of Evidence-Based Policing, 2(2).
Hine, L., Lynn, M., Bennett, S., & Newman, M. (2017). Using social media to inform, engage, and evaluate public responses to policing strategies. Police Science: The Journal of the ANZ Society of Evidence-Based Policing, 2(2).
Bennett, S., Newman, M., & Sydes, M. (2017). Mobile Police community office: a vehicle for reducing crime, crime harm and enhancing police legitimacy? Journal of Experimental Criminology, 13(3), 417–428. doi: 10.1007/s11292-017-9302-6.
Bennett, S., Newman, M., & Gray, A. (2016). The Queensland Mobile Community Office Project: Putting Wheels in motion for procedurally just community policing. Police Science: The Journal of the ANZ Society of Evidence-Based Policing, 1(1).
Newman, M. (2013). Commissioner Ian Stewart APM: a new vision for Queensland Police Service. Australian Police Journal, 67(1), 4–5.