Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
PhD in Criminal Justice (2012)
Dr.Eric L. Piza is an Assistant 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, and the National Police Force of Uruguay.
(*Denotes student co-author)
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
Piza, E. & 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.
GRANT FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Co-Principal Investigator:National Institute of Justice, Testing Geospatial Predictive PolicingStrategies
-Title: Policing by Place. A Multi-Level Analysis ofthe Effectiveness of Risk Terrain Modeling for Allocating Police Resources inNew York City
Project Period: 2014-2016
Co-Principal Investigator:National Institute of Justice, Testing Geospatial Police Strategies andExploring their Relationship to Criminological Theories [2012-IJ-CX-0038]($499,633)
-Title: A Multi-Jurisdictional Test of Risk TerrainModeling and a Place-Based Evaluation of Environmental Risk-Based PatrolDeployment Strategies
Project Period: 2013-2015
Co-Principal Investigator(for Newark Police Department): National Institute of Justice, Research onPolicing [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: 2011-2012