Firearms, violence, and public policy; police and crime control; technology and organizational change in policing; policy and program evaluation
Dr. Christopher S. Koper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and the Principal Fellow of George Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. Dr. Koper has 30 years of experience studying crime and justice issues at George Mason, the Police Executive Research Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, the Urban Institute, the RAND Corporation, the Police Foundation, and other organizations. He has written extensively on issues related to policing, firearms, federal crime prevention efforts, research methods, and other topics. Dr. Koper has served as a lead or senior-level investigator on numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Justice and other funders, and as a consultant to the attorney generals and city attorneys of several states and localities. Some of his most prominent works include: studies of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban; the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix tool for policy translation of research on police crime control strategies (http://cebcp.org/evidence-based-policing/the-matrix/); and the “Koper curve” principle of hot spots patrol, which is used by many police agencies in the United States and abroad. Dr. Koper is a fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, the co-editor of Criminology and Public Policy (for issues starting in 2020), and the co-author of Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research into Practice (Oxford University Press).
Improving the Investigation, Clearance Rates, and Victim Restoration of Robberies: A Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Experiment. Funded by the National Institute of Justice.
A Randomized Controlled Trial on Community Infused Problem-Oriented Policing in Crime Hot Spots (CPOP-HS): Looking Beyond Crime Reduction (in collaboration with NORC). Funded by the National Institute of Justice.
Evaluating an Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Vehicle Accidents in Rural Areas. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.
A Study of COVID-19's Impacts with the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Translating, Communicating, and Institutionalizing Research into Policing Practice: A Collaboration between the Prince William County (VA) Police Department and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. Funded by the National Academies of Sciences.
Koper, Christopher S. 2020. "Assessing the Potential to Reduce Deaths and Injuries from Mass Shootings through Restrictions on Assault Weapons and Other High-Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms.” Criminology and Public Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12485.
Lum, Cynthia, Christopher S. Koper, David B. Wilson, Megan Stoltz, Michael Goodier, Elizabeth Eggins, Angela Higginson, and Lorraine Mazerolle. 2020. “Body-Worn Cameras’ Effects on Police Officers and Citizens’ Behavior: A Systematic Review.” Campbell Systematic Reviews 16(3): e1112. DOI: 10.1002/cl2.1112.
Koper, Christopher S. and Cynthia Lum. 2019. “The Impacts of Large-Scale License Plate Reader Deployment on Criminal Investigations." Police Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/1098611119828039. Published online Feb. 12.
Koper, Christopher S. William D. Johnson, Jordan L. Nichols, Ambrozine Ayers, and Natalie Mullins. 2018. “Criminal Use of Assault Weapons and High Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms: An Updated Examination of Local and National Sources.” Journal of Urban Health 95(3): 313-321. DOI 10.1007/s11524-017-0205-7.
Lum, Cynthia and Christopher S. Koper. 2017. Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research into Practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
CRIM 516 / 781 Justice Program Evaluation
CRIM 490 Firearms Law, Policy and Politics (special topics course)
Matthew D'Anna, Black Swan Shootings: A Model for Predicting the Worst of the Worst Mass Shootings (2020)
Xiaoyun Wu, Understanding Everyday Police Proactivity and its Relationship with Crime (2019)