The IACP is pleased to announce that Laurie Robinson, former assistant attorney general of the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) from 2009 to 2012, and now professor of criminology, law and society at George Mason University, has accepted the position of IACP Research Advisory Committee (RAC) co-chair.
The mission and the goal of the RAC is to provide input, advice, and direction to the association, law enforcement practitioners, law enforcement researchers, and the criminal justice system on all aspects of law enforcement policy research and evaluation. The RAC has become an essential and influential committee in recent years, guiding IACP’s decision making on urgent policing and justice policy research actions.
The IACP is proud to have such significant leadership at the top of this important committee. Said IACP President Walter A. McNeil, “With Professor Robinson, and the other c0-chair, commissioner Ed Davis, at the helm, the RAC will not only continue to assist the work of IACP but also expand and improve the work we do to support law enforcement and the justice system.”
Ms. Robinson previously served as assistant attorney general at the OJP from 1993 to February 2000. During that time, she oversaw the largest increase in federal spending on criminal justice research in the United States’ history, and under her leadership the annual appropriations for OJP grew substantially–from $800 million in 1993 to over $4 billion in 2000. At the same time, she spearheaded initiatives in a wide range of areas including community-based crime control, the prevention of violence against women, law enforcement technology, and corrections.
From 2004 until January 2009, Ms. Robinson served as director of the master of science program in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Criminology.