Herman Goldstein

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American criminologist

Why Is Herman Goldstein Influential?

Herman Goldstein was born in 1931 in New London, Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, majoring in political science and government. He earned a master’s degree in governmental administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Goldstein planned a career in city management, but after crossing paths with O.W. Wilson, considered the leading expert on policing of the time, Wilson became his mentor and future collaborator. His books, Policing a Free Society, Problem-Oriented Policing, and Criminal Justice Administration, have had a substantial impact on our understanding of criminal law and policing. He has conducted extensive research into democratic, community policing. He calls his approach, “problem-oriented policing”, which asked police departments to shift more of their focus to the services they provide to the community–the problems they solve–rather than the bureaucracy.

He has shared his expertise with police in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Chile, and Argentina. He has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and a Soros Justice Fellowship. He contributed to the founding of the Center for Problem Orienting Policy and the Leadership Award of the Police Executive Research Forum. Today, Goldstein is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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According to Wikipedia, Herman Goldstein was an American criminologist and legal scholar known for developing the problem-oriented policing model. He was Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he began teaching in 1964. He previously worked as an assistant to the then-superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, O.W. Wilson. In 2018, he was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in honor of his research on policing.

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