Subject Matter Expert
Areas of Expertise:
Crime analysis, records management systems, data management, spatial statistics, qualitative and quantitative problem solving strategies, data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety, CompStat
Christopher Bruce has been in the field of crime analysis for 20 years, including seven years at the Cambridge (MA) Police Department, nine years at the Danvers (MA) Police Department, and three years as a contracted analytical specialist with the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) program of the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Justice. Christopher was president of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) from 2007 to 2012, vice president of the IACA from 2000 to 2006, and president of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts from 2000 to 2004. In recent years, he has worked on a variety of contracts with governmental agencies and programs, including the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Smart Policing Initiative, the BJA’s “Building Analytical Capacity” program, and a Massachusetts initiative to improve local law enforcement agencies’ access to statewide crash data.
Christopher has provided crime analysis training for 15 years, through organizations such as the IACA and the National Institute of Justice’s Crime Mapping and Analysis (CMAP) program, covering topics such as GIS, spatial statistics, tactical crime analysis, and the Microsoft Office applications. He is a lecturer at Tiffin University and Western Oregon university and has previously served on the adjunct faculty of Suffolk University, Westfield State University, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Between 2007 and 2011, he was involved in a project to set up the first national crime analysis unit in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University and an M.S. from Tiffin University, both in criminal justice. His writings include Exploring Crime Analysis (editor and co-author, 2005/2008); Better Policing with Microsoft Office (2004/2009, with Mark Stallo), and Spatial Statistics in Crime Analysis: Using CrimeStat 3 (2008/2011, with Susan Smith).