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Published on Feb 27, 2012
On Feb. 22, 2012, George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy held a Congressional Briefing: Reducing Gun Violence: Lessons from Research and Practice.
"Assessing Police Efforts to Reduce Gun Crime: Results from a National Survey"
Christopher Koper is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He was formerly the Director of Research for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a policing membership and research organization based in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland and has over 20 years of experiencing conducting criminological research at PERF, the University of Pennsylvania, the Urban Institute, the RAND Corporation, the Police Foundation, and other organizations, where he has written and published extensively on issues related to firearms, policing, federal crime prevention efforts, research methods, juvenile delinquency, and other topics. Dr. Koper has served as a lead or senior-level investigator for numerous projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, including Congressionally-mandated assessments of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. He is also the co-creator of the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix, a tool used by organizations including the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Policing Improvement Agency of the United Kingdom for visualizing research results on police effectiveness and translating those results for practitioners and policymakers. Dr. Koper is a former scholar-in-residence of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn (a center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System)