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University Professor Leslie Kennedy is the director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security

Dr. Leslie W. Kennedy, the former dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (1998-2007), is a perennial scholar. Even while serving as dean he continued to research, write and teach in the areas of local crime and global security. He now teaches graduate-level courses at the School of Criminal Justice and is a core faculty member in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers. As director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, he fosters a multi-disciplinary approach to the study and application of ways to minimize crime, terrorism and other threats to public security in democratic societies.

Kennedy is the author, co-author or editor of 19 books and more than 60 research articles and chapters. In recent years he has co-authored The Criminal Event: An Introduction to Criminology, fifth edition (2011), The Risk in Crime (2009), and Risk Balance and Security (2008) and is the co-editor of Crime and Terrorism Risk (2011), When Crime Appears (2011) and Evidence-Based Counter-Terrorism Policy (2011). He has published articles appearing in Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Experimental Criminology, and Justice Quarterly. His most recent research (with Joel Caplan) is focused on crime mapping and the development of risk terrain modeling for use by police in preventing crime. He is currently a co-investigator (also with Caplan) on a study of CCTV cameras in Newark funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Kennedy received his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto, his master's degree from the University of Western Ontario, and his bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

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