Eric Piza

Eric Piza

Eric Piza
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Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice

PhD in Criminal Justice (2012)



Dr.Eric L. Piza is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Police Science. He received his PhD from Rutgers University. Eric’s previous professional positions include GIS Specialist of the Newark, NJ Police Department, Research Director for Crime Analytics of the Rutgers Center onPublic Security, and Research Program Coordinator of the Police Institute. Dr.Piza is involved in a number of applied research projects focusing on the spatial analysis of crime patterns, problem-oriented policing, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. His recent research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Justice Quarterly. In support of his research, Dr. Piza has secured over $1 million in grant and funding support, including three awards from the National Institute of Justice. The awards have directly funded applied research partnerships with the municipal police departments of New York City; Chicago, IL; Newark, NJ; Kansas City, MO; Colorado Springs, CO; and Glendale, AZ. Dr. Piza has been invited to present his research by the U.S. White House, Carabineros de Chile (The National Police Force of Chile), the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the National Police Force of Uruguay, and the Swedish Council of Public Security Experts.  


(*Indicates student co-author at time of manuscript preparation)

Piza, E. and Carter, J. (2017). Predicting Initiator and Near Repeat Events in Spatiotemporal Crime Patterns: An Analysis of Residential Burglary and Motor Vehicle Theft. Justice Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1342854.

Sytsma, V. and Piza, E. (2017). Script Analysis of Open-Air Drug Selling: A Systematic Social Observation of CCTV Footage. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, DOI: 10.1177/0022427817709502.

Carter, J. and Piza, E. (2017). Spatiotemporal Convergence of Crime and Vehicle Crash Hot Spots: Additional Consideration for Policing Places. Crime & Delinquency, DOI: 10.1177/0011128717714793.

Piza, E. (2017). The Effect of Various Police Enforcement Actions on Violent Crime: Evidence from a Saturation Foot-Patrol Intervention. Criminal Justice Policy Review, DOI: 10.1177/0887403417725370.

Piza, E. and Feng, S.* (2017). The Current and Potential Role of Crime Analysts in Evaluations of Police Interventions: Results from a Survey of the International Association of Crime Analysts. Police Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/1098611117697056.

Piza, E., Caplan, J., and Kennedy, L. (2017). CCTV as a Tool for Early Police Intervention: Preliminary Lessons from Nine Case Studies. Security Journal, 30(1): 247-265.

Barnum, J.*, Caplan, J., Kennedy, L., and Piza, E. (2017). The Crime Kaleidoscope: A Cross-Jurisdictional Analysis of Place Features and Crime in Three Urban Environments. Applied Geography, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.12.011.

Caplan, J., Kennedy, L., Barnum, J.*, and Piza, E. (2017). Crime in Context: Utilizing Risk Terrain Modeling and Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations to Explore the Dynamics of Criminogenic Behavior Settings. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 33(2): 133-151.

Piza, E. (2016). The Crime Prevention Effect of CCTV in Public Places: A Propensity Score Analysis. Journal of Crime and Justice, DOI: 10.1080/0735648X.2016.1226931

Piza, E., Feng, S.*, Kennedy, L. and Caplan, J. (2016). Place-Based Correlates of Motor Vehicle Theft and Recovery: Measuring Spatial Influence Across Neighbourhood Context. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016664299

Piza, E., Gilchrist, A.*, Caplan, J., Kennedy, L. and O’Hara, B.  (2016). The Financial Implications of Merging Proactive CCTV Monitoring and Directed Police Patrol: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. Journal of Experimental Criminology. DOI: 10.1007/s11292-016-9267-x

Schnell, C.*, Braga, A., and Piza, E. (2016). The Influence of Community Areas, Neighborhood Clusters, and Street Segments on the Spatial Variability of Violent Crime in Chicago. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, DOI: 10.1007/s10940-016-9313-x.

Kennedy, L., Caplan, J., Piza, E. and Buccine-Schraeder, H.* (2016). Vulnerability and Exposure to Crime: Applying Risk Terrain Modeling to the Study of Assault in Chicago. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 9(4): 529-548.

Piza, E. and Sytsma, V. (2016). Exploring the Defensive Actions of Drug Sellers in Open-Air Markets: A Systematic Social Observation. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 53(1): 36-65.

Papachristos, A., Braga, A., Piza, E., & Grossman, L.* (2015). The Company You Keep? The Spillover Effects of Gang Membership on Individual Gunshot Victimization in Social Networks. Criminology, 53(4): 624-649.

Shane, J., Piza, E., Mandala, M.* (2015). Situational Crime Prevention and Worldwide Piracy: A Cross-Continent Analysis. Crime Science, 4(1): 1-13.

Kennedy, L., Caplan, J., Piza, E., and Buccine-Schraeder, H.* (2015). Vulnerability and Exposure to Crime: Applying Risk Terrain Modeling to the Study of Assault in Chicago. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, DOI: 10.1007/s12061-015-9165-z.

Piza, E., Caplan, J., Kennedy, L., and Gilchrist, A.* (2015). The Effects of Merging Proactive CCTV Monitoring with Directed Police Patrol: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 11(1): 43-69.

Salvemini, A., Piza, E., Carter, J., Grommon, E., and Merritt, N. (2015). Research Challenges in Conducting Technology Evaluations in the Criminal Justice System: Integrating Human Factors Engineering Methods to Develop Guiding Principles and Collaborative Research Processes. Evaluation Review, 39(3): 308-338.

Piza, E., Caplan,J. and Kennedy, L. (2014). Is the Punishment More Certain? An Analysis of CCTV Detections and Enforcement. JusticeQuarterly, 31(6): 1015-1043.

Piza, E. and O’Hara, B. (2014). Saturation Foot Patrol in a High-Violence Area: AQuasi-Experimental Evaluation. Justice Quarterly,31(4): 693-718.

Piza, E., Caplan, J. and Kennedy, L. (2014). Analyzing the Influence of Micro-Level Factors onCCTV Camera Effect. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 30(2): 237-264.

Piza, E.,Caplan, J., and Kennedy, L. (2014). CCTV as a Tool for Early PoliceIntervention: Preliminary Lessons from Nine Case Studies. Security Journal, DOI: 10.1057/sj.2014.17.

Boxer, P., Sloan-Power, E., Piza, E., and Schappell, A.* (2014). ANew Method for Measuring Children’s Exposure to Violence and EvaluationRelations Between their Exposure and Mental Health. Violence and Victims, 29(1): 24-33.

Caplan, J., Kennedy, L., and Piza, E. (2013). Joint Utility of EventDependent and Contextual Crime Analysis Techniques for Violent CrimeForecasting. Crime & Delinquency, 59(2): 243-270.

Moreto, W.*, Piza, E., and Caplan, J. (2012). APlague on Both Your Houses? Risks, Repeats, and Reconsiderations of UrbanResidential Burglary. Justice Quarterly, DOI:10.1080/07418825.2012.754921

Kennedy, L., Caplan, J.& Piza, E. (2011). RiskClusters, Hotspots, and Spatial Intelligence: Risk Terrain Modeling as anAlgorithm for Police Resource Allocation Strategies. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 27(3): 339-362.



Co-Principal Investigator:National Institute of Justice, Testing Geospatial Predictive Policing Strategies


-Title: Policing by Place. A Multi-Level Analysis ofthe Effectiveness of Risk Terrain Modeling for Allocating Police Resources inNew York City

Project Period: 2014-2017

Co-Principal Investigator:National Institute of Justice, Testing Geospatial Police Strategies and Exploring their Relationship to Criminological Theories [2012-IJ-CX-0038]($499,633)

-Title: A Multi-Jurisdictional Test of Risk Terrain Modeling and a Place-Based Evaluation of Environmental Risk-Based Patrol Deployment Strategies

Project Period: 2013-2015 

Co-Principal Investigator (for Newark Police Department): National Institute of Justice, Research on Policing [2010-IJ-CX-0026] ($188,620)

-Title: Detectionof crime, resource deployment, and predictors of success: A multi-levelanalysis of CCTV in Newark, NJ 

Project Period: 2011-2013



Spatial Analysis
Crime Control Technology
Problem Oriented Policing
Evidence-Based Policing
GIS Mapping

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