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Dr Matthew Bland

Dr Matthew Bland

Lecturer in Evidence Based Policing

Matthew Bland is accepting applications for PhD students.


Biography:

Matt Bland was a crime analyst in UK policing for 15 years during which he studied on the Cambridge Institute of Criminology's MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management course. Subsequently he undertook his PhD research at the Institute and joined the faculty as a full-time lecture in 2019.

Matt is also a Visiting Senior Fellow in Policing at the University of Suffolk and a scholar at the Jerry Lee Institute for Experimental Criminology.

He is married to Louise, with whom he lives in Suffolk with four children and a labradoodle. 

Research Interests

Evidence Based Policing

Domestic Abuse

Algorithms in Policing

Randomised Controlled Trials

Data Mining

Teaching

Matt teaches on the Police Executive Program (MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management)

Topics

  • Policing

Key Publications

Bland, M., & Ariel, B. (2015). Targeting escalation in reported domestic abuse: Evidence from 36,000 callouts. International criminal justice review25(1), 30-53.

Bland, M. & Ariel, B. (2020). Targeting Domestic Abuse with Police Data. Springer International Publishing, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54843-8

Bland M. (2020) Algorithms Can Predict Domestic Abuse, But Should We Let Them?. In: Jahankhani H., Akhgar B., Cochrane P., Dastbaz M. (eds) Policing in the Era of AI and Smart Societies. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50613-1_

Ariel, B., Bland, M., & Sutherland, A. (2017). ‘Lowering the threshold of effective deterrence’—Testing the effect of private security agents in public spaces on crime: A randomized controlled trial in a mass transit system. PLoS one12(12), e0187392.

 

Ariel B, Bland M, Sutherland A (2017) ‘Lowering the threshold of effective deterrence’—Testing the effect of private security agents in public spaces on crime: A randomized controlled trial in a mass transit system. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0187392. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187392

 

Liggins, A., Ratcliffe, J.H. & Bland, M. Targeting the Most Harmful Offenders for an English Police Agency: Continuity and Change of Membership in the “Felonious Few”. Camb J Evid Based Polic 3, 80–96 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41887-019-00039-7

Ariel, B. and Bland, M. (2019), "Is Crime Rising or Falling? A Comparison of Police-Recorded Crime and Victimization Surveys", Deflem, M. and Silva, D.M.D. (Ed.) Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research (Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Vol. 24), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 7-31.