Professor Larry Sherman awarded Yale's Wilbur Cross medal

January 2017

The Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology will become the first criminologist to win Yale University’s highest graduate school medal in the half-century since the medal was established. Previous winners of Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal include Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen, Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, and late Yale University President A. Bartlett Giamatti.
The Institute’s Wolfson Professor of Criminology Lawrence W. Sherman will receive the Wilbur Cross Medal of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association at a ceremony on the New Haven campus in October. He will also deliver a talk entitled “Understanding and Reforming the Police Institution,” including his own work on policing around the world.
The Medal, named after the late Governor of Connecticut and Yale Graduate School Dean Wilbur Cross, is the highest honor awarded by the School. The Medal recognizes achievements in “scholarship and scientific discovery, public service, service to professional organizations, and teaching and mentoring.”
Sherman is the founder of a global police reform movement he leads for “evidence-based policing,” which promotes public safety using methods similar to those used for public health: epidemiological forecasting, randomized field experiments, and real-time tracking of high-risk victims, places and offenders. A former President of the American Society of Criminology and the American Academy of Political and Social Science, he holds honorary doctorates or awards from the University of Stockholm, George Mason University, Denison University, the Royal Society of Arts in London, and the German Society of Criminology. King Karl XVI Gustav of Sweden appointed Sherman a Knight Commander of Sweden, for services to criminology and justice.
Since 2008, Sherman has led the growth of the Institute’s Cambridge Police Executive Programme from about 20 master’s students per year to over 150 students, all senior police officers from some 15 countries in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. Recently elected the first President of the American College of Policing, a new organization that fulfills a recommendation of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st-Century Policing, to better educate chief executives of American police agencies,

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