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Understanding Theft of 'Hot Products'. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, COPS, US Department of Justice
The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. More...
To test the commonly espoused but little examined hypothesis that fluctuations in the price of metal are associated with changes in the volume of metal theft.
Consistency and specificity in burglars who commit prolific residential burglary: Testing the core assumptions underpinning behavioural crime linkage
Behavioural crime linkage is underpinned by two assumptions: (a) that offenders exhibit some degree of consistency in the way they commit offences (their modus operandi [MO]); and, (b) that offenders can be differentiated on the basis of their offence behaviour. The majority of existing studies sample at most three crimes from an offender's series of detected crimes and do not examine whether patterns differ across offenders. Here, we examine patterns observed across the entire detected series of each sampled offender, and assess how homogeneous patterns are across offenders. More...
Human trafficking for labour exploitation: Innovative approaches to prevention, prediction and protection
Dr Ella Cockbain has recently been awarded a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellowship. The award is for a three-year study into trafficking for labour exploitation, under the mentorship of Professor Kate Bowers. The project is designed to improve understanding of and responses to labour trafficking, which is a recognised priority in the Home Office’s counter-organised crime strategy and research agendum. Key foci include assessing the scope, nature and impacts of labour trafficking and developing predictive models of risk, using empirically-substantiated individual- and area-level risk factors. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods will support a nuanced, multi-faceted assessment of this complex issue. The study will include a three-month international placement at the Netherlands Centre for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The project has the support of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. More...
We are pleased to announce UCL’s participation in a Nuffield-funded study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men. UCL is working with Barnardo’s and NatCen Social Research on this collaborative project, designed to find out more about the characteristics of male victims, their exploitation and support needs. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the UK to focus specifically on male victims. UCL researchers are conducting a large-scale analysis of over 9,000 suspected CSE cases (led by UCL’s principal investigator Dr Ella Cockbain) and an evidence assessment (led by Dr Helen Brayley). Our partners at NatCen (the consortium lead) are conducting in-depth interviews with professionals. We are working with young people and practitioners to receive feedback on our findings. The study is expected to inform responses to male victims, who have often been overlooked in research, policy and practice. More...
Dr Kacper Gradon
Dr Kacper Gradon
Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 1232
Fax No: +44 (0)20 3108 3088
Kacper joined UCL in 2010 as a Visiting Professor funded by the Polish Ministry of Science under the “Scientific Mobility” research grant. In Poland, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw. Both his Masters (2000) and Doctoral (2008, Magna cum Laude) dissertations address the issues of multiple homicide, criminal analysis and offender profiling.
He has 9 years of experience teaching Criminology and Forensic Science courses in Poland, United Kingdom, Canada and United States. He has spoken at numerous academic and Police conferences in Europe and North America. Kacper worked for 3 years at the General Headquarters of the Polish National Police, where he participated in the creation of the Criminal Analysis Unit. He also completed the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Training of Hostage Negotiations.
Kacper is a recipient of three research grants funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and he was awarded three major research grants presented by the Polish Ministry of Science. His Ph.D. Thesis received the Polish Forensic Association “Scholarship for Young Experts in Forensics for Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Studies“. He was also awarded the “Best Young Professor” scholarship by the Polish “Modern University” Programme.
Kacper has previously lectured at University College London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern California, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY, University of Greenwich and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Kacper’s current research interest address new techniques used in prevention of violent crime. He focuses on the application of digital and internet forensics and analysis to forecasting and combating criminal (namely: school shootings) and terrorist acts. Kacper is also interested in the practical aspects and tactics of crime scene investigation.
Gradon, K.: 'Multiple Homicide and Criminal Profiling”. LEX Wolters Kluwer Business, Warsaw, 2010. 364 pages.
Gradon, K., Czerwinski, A.: „Serial Murderers”. Muza SA, Warsaw, 2001. 382 pages.
Peer-reviewed book chapters
Gradon, K. “Geographic profiling and GIS in forensic tactics and criminal investigation. Canadian model and the British practice: perspectives for the use within the Polish Police force.” in: V. Wojcikiewicz (ed.) “Forensic Science for the Law - Law for the Forensic Science”. Nicolas Copernicus University Press, Torun. Scheduled for publication: October 2010. 15 pages.
Gradon, K., Waszkiewicz, P: “Criminalization of the act of possessing of illicit drugs: experiences of European nations” in: T. Giaro (ed.) “An Effectiveness of Law”. Liber, Warsaw, 2010. 15 pages.
Gradon, K.: “Towards Cultural Criminology” in: B. Bienkowska, D. Szafranski (eds.) “Issues of Polish and Foreign Law”. C.H.Beck, Warsaw, 2009. 19 pages.
Gradon, K.: “Current Trends in North American Forensic Science” in: P. Girdwoyn (ed.) “Law and the New Technologies”. Liber, Warsaw, 2008. 35 pages.
Gradon, K.: “The Limits to Forgiveness. A Dispute on the Scope of Restorative Justice” in: M. Platek, M. Fajst (eds.) “Restorative Justice. Idea. Theory. Practice”. Liber, Warsaw, 2005. 16 pages.
Gradon, K.: “Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber) and the New World Order” in: M. Platek, M. Fajst (eds.) “Within Romantic Criminology”. Liber, Warsaw, 2004. 14 pages.
Gradon, K.: “Data: the Lost 'Diary' of the 'Vampire of Silesia'” in: Leyton, Elliott: “Hunting Humans. The rise of the modern multiple murderer”, Carroll & Graff Publishers, New York, 2003. 10 pages.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Gradon, K.: “Cultural Criminology? The Anthropology of Culture – Considerations for the Problem of Homicide in Canada and United States” in: “The Archives of Criminology” Volume XXVIII, 2007. 8 pages.
Gradon, K. (et al): “The Report from the Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Challenges of European Integration. Challenges for Criminology” in: “The Bulletin of the Polish Society of Criminology” No. 14/2005. 17 pages.
Book translations and editing
Gradon, K. (et al.): "International Encyclopedia of Terrorism", Author: John Pimlott (ed.). Translation and editing for Muza SA, Warsaw, 2004. 744 pages.
Gradon, K.: "Osama bin Laden. The War Against the West", Author: Elaine Landau. Translation and editing for Muza SA, and the authorship of “Preface” (3 pages). Warsaw, 2001. 200 pages.
Gradon, K. (et al.): "Restorative Justice. Healing the Effects of Crime", Author: Jim Consedine. Translation and editing for the Polish Association for Legal Education PSEP. Warsaw, 2004. 228 pages.
12-14.05.2010. Regional Public Prosecutor's Office in Zielona Gora (Poland). VI Forensic Science Symposium „Time and Space of Multiple Crime”. Plenary lecture: „Criminal analysis and offender profiling. Preventing multiple homicide”.
04.05.2010. University of Warsaw, Poland. International Conference: Cultural Criminology: Crime beyond the borders / borders of crime. Plenary lecture: „New perspectives for Crime Scene Investigation in the Era of Globalization: Cultural Criminology.”
15.03.2010. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City (USA). Seminar and presentation of current research in the area of Digital/Internet Forensics for the students of Critical Incidents Analysis.
8-12.03.2010. Toronto Police Forensic Identification International Training Conference, Toronto (Canada). Lecture: „Forensic Prevention, Criminal Analysis, Digital Forensics on the Internet” and workshop: „CSI:Warsaw. How we teach Forensics in Poland”.
21-22.01.2010, International Academy for Investigative Psychology, IX International Investigative Psychology Conference, London (UK). Plenary lecture: "Offender profiling and criminal intelligence on the Internet".
14.12.2009, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London (UK). Presented Seminar: „Violent crime telegraphed over the Internet. Can we prevent mass murder?".
4.11.2009, TEMIDA - Criminal Law Association, University of Warsaw public lecture: „Mass homicide in school environment”.
3.11.2009, Forensic Chemistry Club of the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw. Lecture: „Profiling violent crimes”.
10.10.2009, Criminology and Criminal Policy Department Seminar (Institute of Social Policy and Resocialisation, University of Warsaw). Lecture: „Criminal analysis and profiling perpetrators of crime. Use of the Internet”.
17-18.09.2009, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). Guest lecture and seminar: „Offender Profiling and Criminal Intelligence on the Internet: Preventing the Mass Murder”.
08.09.2009, Stanford Law School, Stanford University, Palo Alto (USA). Presentation of research findings to the Faculty.
06.09.2009, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA). Plenary lecture for the Global Peace and Security Forum. Lecture: „The Global Columbine Syndrome: an Impact of the Internet”.
2-4.09.2009, International Conference „100 years of Forensic Fingerprinting in Poland”, Warsaw. Organisational Board member.
21-22.05.2009, International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Conference: „More conciliation - less punishment. Possibilities and obstacles for and extended use of restorative justice“, Onati, Spain. Lecture: „Restorative Justice and Opposing Viewpoints: the Limits to Forgiveness“.
27.02.2009, X Conference of the Faculty of Law: „An Effectiveness of Law”, Warsaw. Plenary lecture: „Criminalization of the act of possessing of illicit drugs: experiences of European nations”.
22.01.2009. Institute of Applied Social Studies of the University of Warsaw. Lecture: „School shootings. An analysis of possible preventive measures“.
14.12.2008, Evidence Law and Forensic Studies for Public Prosecutors (Centre for Forensic Studies of the University of Warsaw). Lecture: „Forensic prevention against violent crime telegraphed over the Internet“.
10.12.2008, VI Conference „Social roots and effects of homicide“, Warsaw. Plenary lecture: „Aetiology of homicide. Selected issues“.
12.2008, College of Social Psychology, Warsaw. Lecture: "Police negotiations in hostage situations“.
18-20.06.2008, XIII Vratislavienis Symposium on Documents‘ Analysis, Wroclaw, Poland. Plenary lecture: “An analysis of texts published on the Internet by multiple murderers (school shooters)”.
7-9.05.2008, International Criminal Analysis Conference, Jurata, Poland. Plenary lecture: “The use of criminal analysis in prevention of violent crime“.
6-11.04.2008, XXII Annual Forensic Identification Conference, Toronto, Canada. Participation in 20 workshops and lectures. Workshop: “Can we prevent mass murder?“ and lecture: “An analysis of school shootings incidents“.
26.02-2.03.2007, XXI Annual Forensic Identification Conference, Toronto, Canada. Participation in 30 lectures and workshops.
12-13.05.2006, The Second International Conference on Cultural Criminology organized by Kent Crime and Criminal Justice Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury. London, UK.
6.12.2005. Annual plenary session of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, School of Law, King’s College of London: “The State of Prisons in England and Wales”. London, UK.
31.08-3.09.2005, Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: “Challenges of European Integration. Challenges for Criminology“ Cracow, Poland. Plenary lecture: “Towards cultural criminology: cultural anthropology and the study of homicide in the United States, Great Britain and Canada”.
5-6.05.2005. Conference “Crime and Punishment. Legal reaction towards violent crime“ at the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok, Poland. Lecture: “Offender profiling”.
27.06-1.07.2004. XXVII Conference of the Canadian Identification Society “Forensics on the Rock“, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Poster session.
8-10.10.2004. Conference “Recent Problems in Criminal Law and Criminology“, Szczyrk, Poland. Lecture: “Cultural and Comparative Analysis of Homicide in United States, Canada and United Kingdom“.
3-9.05.2004. XVI Polish-Austrian Seminar on Criminal Law “EU-compatible Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure”, Salzburg, Austria. Lecture: “Criminal and Geographic Profiling as an Aid to Criminal Analysis: Perspectives for European Law-Enforcement and Criminal Justice”.
18.02.2004. Conference “Romantic ‘Threads‘ in Criminal Law“, Warsaw, Poland. Plenary lecture: “Theodore Kaczynski ’Unabomber’ and the New World Order”.
Project Leader and Grant Recipient. Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland Award „Scientific Mobility Supporting Grant” for the co-operation with Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science and the UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science University College London (UK). Funds for 24 months (2010-2012). Project: „International R&D Program of proactive, interdisciplinary and integrated system of prevention, detection and combating of violent crime”. Grant value: 500.000PLN.
Project Leader and Grant Recipient. Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland research grant for the Project: Criminal analysis and criminal intelligence use in pinpointing potential perpetrators and in preventing the extreme forms of violence forecasted in the information telegraphed on Internet websites". Project nr. N N110 109836. Funds for 24 months (2009-2011). Grant value: 165.000PLN.
Research Project Team Member: Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland Homeland Security and Defense Grant for the Project „Secure Implementation of Biometric Technologies”. Joint grant for the Project Consortium of the University of Warsaw, Technical University of Warsaw, NASK and Polish Security Printing Works. Project No. O R00 0026 07 (24 months; 2009-2011). Project value: classified.
Research Project Team Member: Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland grant for the Project: „Automated unit for the comparative analysis of documents and handwriting by the means of IT graphometrics”. Joint grant for the University of Warsaw and the Polish Forensic Association”. (24 months; 2009-2010). Project value: classified.
Project Contractor and Grant Recipient. Ministry of Science of the Republic of Poland doctoral research grant. Project: „An integrated model of serial homicide. Preparation of the offender analysis system for the Polish Police”. Project nr. 1 H02A 012 30. Project director: Prof. Tadeusz Tomaszewski. The project was performed and completed in Poland, Canada and UK (24 months; 2006-2008). Grant value: 65.000PLN.
Project Leader and Grant Recipient. Research grant of the Government of Canada: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Project: “International Research: Violence/Restorative Justice”. Performed and completed in Canada between May and September 2004. Grant value: CA$10.000.
Grant Recipient. Two research grants/scholarships of the Government of Canada: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) within “Partnerships for Tomorrow Program Phase II” program. Project: “Polish-Canadian Academic Cooperation and Research”. Performed and completed in Canada (May-Sept. 2001 and May-Sept. 2002). Project Supervisor: Prof. Elliott Leyton (MUN). Total value of both grants: CA$20.000
Awards and Scholarships:
Award and Scholarship for the "Outstanding Young Professor” in the 1st Edition of the „Modern University” Contest. University of Warsaw and the European Union Human Capital Fund. December 16th 2009.
Individual Award of the Rector and President of the University of Warsaw "For the scientific, teaching and research activity”. November 2009.
Polish Forensic Association Award „Scholarship for Young Experts in Forensics for
Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Studies“. Warsaw, February 27th 2009.
Award and Funding of the Fifth Contest of the Teaching Innovations Fund of the University of Warsaw for the “development of groundbreaking course of “Crime Scene Analysis – fiction and reality. CSI: Warsaw”.” January 2009.
Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Laws (Ph.D. and J.D. Magna cum Laude) titles awarded by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. June 16th 2008.
Award of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw “For the highest academic merit among doctoral candidates in the academic year of 2004/2005”. Warsaw, June 2005.
Courses Connected with Academic Specialization:
Two 5-days long courses of the Centre of Forensic Sciences (within Conference workshops) “Forensic Identification“ - Toronto, Canada, 2007 and 2008.
4-days long course of Canadian Identification Society (within Conference workshops) – St. John’s, Canada, 2004.
1 week long training in use of the specialist criminal analysis software (Analyst’s Notebook, Link Notebook, iBase). Sieradz, Poland, 2003.
1 month long course of the German Federal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) on strategic and financial analysis. Szczytno, Poland, 2003.
1 week long training of the Metropolitan Police – the New Scotland Yard, Specialist Operations Training, “Course on the Basic Skills of Hostage Negotiations”. London, UK, 2000.
1 week long course of the AEPC – The Association of European Police Colleges and the Phare Program of the European Commission, Project “Stolen Arts and Vehicles Seminar”. Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2000.
1 week long course of the AEPC – The Association of European Police Colleges and the Phare Program of the European Commission, Project “Financial Crime and Money Laundering”. L’Aquila, Italy, 2000.
2 weeks long course of the European Centre of the University of Warsaw and the General Headquarters of the Polish National Police “Tempus II bis training of the European Union: Preparation of the Police to the international cooperation in the field of Justice and Home Affairs”. Warsaw, Poland, 1999.
University courses previously taught at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law:
1) Forensic Identification (graduate seminar; in Polish; three 30-hours classes / Summer semester).
2) Criminology (graduate seminar; in Polish; one 30-hours class / Winter semester).
3) Criminalistics and Forensic Studies (seminar; in English, for Erasmus students; one 30-hours class / Summer semester).
4) Applied Criminology (seminar; in English, for Erasmus students; one 30-hours class / Winter semester).
5) An Introduction to Forensic Tactics (graduate lecture; one 30-hours course / Summer semester).
6) Theory of Police Operations – Overt, Covert & Special Op’s. (graduate lecture; one 30-hours course, Winter semester).
7) Crime Scene Analysis – fiction and reality. CSI: Warsaw (advanced practical exercises and workshops; two 90-hours courses – one in Winter and one in Summer semester).
Social work, NGO involvement:
Kukuczka Foundation for the Support of Polish Mountaineering – member of the Board since 2004.
Tatra Mountains Rescue Service support program – Program leader since 2004.
Warsaw Alpine Club – member of the Board 2007-2010.
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