Episode 22: Geographic profiling with Kim Rossmo
November 2, 2021
Kim Rossmo, holder of the University Chair in Criminology and Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss geographic profiling and the surprisingly wide range of applications for that discipline in various fields of study.
Rossmo has researched and published in the areas of environmental criminology, the geography of crime and criminal investigations. He was formerly the director of research for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was the detective inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community.
Rossmo is a member of the Police Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and was a commissioner and chair for the Austin Public Safety Commission for 10 years. He is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, sits on the editorial board for Homicide Studies and is a full fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. Rossmo has completed projects studying the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, geographic profiling applications in counter-insurgency and patterns of illegal border crossings. He is currently the principal investigator for two National Institute of Justice research grants, one on offender decision-making and the other on the systemic causes of wrongful convictions. He has published books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures and a crime atlas for Texas. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Trigger warning: there are mentions of sexual abuse in this episode.
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- NIJ grant to fund study of wrongful convictions, investigative failures