The Policing and Security Research Program aims to better understand community and policing processes that seek to reduce crime and disorder, increase quality of life, improve community resilience and reduce national security threats.

The Program is led by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and Chief Investigator and UQ Node Leader of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS).

The Research Program consists of a multi-disciplinary team of research scholars and PhD students with diverse expertise across a range of disciplines and fields of inquiry including experimental criminology, urban criminological theories, systematic reviews, survey methods, advanced multi-level statistics and spatial statistics.

Research activities include:

  • The evaluation of interventions for truanting youth in Queensland to prevent their future contact with the criminal justice system 
  • Crime control and social deviance and tests targeted interventions
  • Experimental criminology – conducting randomised field trials to test innovative police interventions, systematic searches and Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews
  • Using applied statistical methodologies
  • Effectiveness of national security interventions through longitudinal statistics and text analytics
  • Ecological processes to explain crime, inter-group conflict and outcomes of community regulation
  • Conducting social science surveys such as the National household surveys to benchmark Australian attitudes to significant international surveys
  • Longitudinal community surveys that help understand how community dynamics cause spatial variation in community conflict, tensions, cohesion, resilience and regulatory capacity

For more details about the program's activities, see the Evidence-Based Policing Website