Dr Jerry Ratcliffe is Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Security and Crime Science at Temple University, Philadelphia. He is a former police officer with London’s Metropolitan Police (UK) where he served for several years on patrol duties, in an intelligence and information unit, and as a member of the Diplomatic Protection Group. Due to a winter mountaineering accident while ice climbing in the Scottish Highlands, he left the police service after 11 years. He completed a first class B.Sc. with honors in Geography at the University of Nottingham (UK) and has a Ph.D. from the same institution.
As a lecturer in policing (intelligence) based at the New South Wales Police College he coordinated Australia’s National Strategic Intelligence Course. Dr Ratcliffe also worked as a senior research analyst with the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he conducted one of the first evaluations of an intelligence-led policing operation. Since moving to the US in 2003, he has worked with numerous agencies and most closely the Philadelphia Police Department. He was the lead researcher on the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment, a large-scale study of the benefit of foot patrol in violent crime hotspots, which won the inaugural IACP Excellence in Research award. He is a research adviser to the Philadelphia Police Commissioner and is currently working with the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI.
He has twice received the Professional Service Award from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), and in 2010 he was awarded the LEIU Distinguished Service Award for continued dedication and outstanding contributions to the law enforcement community. He has published over 60 research articles and four books: ‘Intelligence-Led Policing’, ‘Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence’, ‘GIS and Crime Mapping’ and ‘Policing Illegal Drug Markets’.
In his spare time, he likes to fly his seaplane, scuba dive, and drink single malt whisky (not at the same time).