Police discretion, police organizations and their reform, systematic field observation methods in criminology
Stephen Mastrofski is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Justice Leadership and Management at George Mason University. His research interests include police discretion, police organizations and their reform, and systematic field observation methods in criminology. For several years Professor Mastrofski led a large team of researchers supporting and evaluating the transformation of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. He is currently engaged in an evaluation of community policing as a reform. He has served on the editorial boards of seven criminology and criminal justice journals, currently serving on the boards of two international policing journals. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing and has consulted for a variety of public and private organizations. In 2000 he received the O.W. Wilson Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for education, research, and service on policing. He served on the National Academies of Sciences panel on Police Services and Practices that published the 2004 book, Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence. He is currently serving on the National Academies Committee on Proactive Policing. In 2008 he and his coauthors received the Law and Society Association’s article prize for their article using different organizational theories to explain Compstat’s implementation as a police reform. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. In 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology.
2010-present. Principal Investigator. Measuring the Craft of Law Enforcement: What Is Good Policing? Center for Justice Leadership and Management, George Mason University.
2008-2016. Co-principal Investigator. National Police Research Platform. National Institute of Justice.
2004-2011. Principal Investigator. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Project. Ministry of National Security, Trinidad and Tobago.
Willis, J. J. and Mastrofski, S. D. 2017. Understanding the culture of craft: Lessons from two police agencies. Journal of Crime and Justice 40(10):84-100.
Mastrofski, S. D., Jonathan-Zamir, T. Moyal, S., and Willis, J. J. 2016. Predicting procedurl justice in police-citizen encounters. Criminal Justice and Behavior 43(1):119-139.
Mastrofski, S. D. 2015. Police CEOs: Agents of Change? The Police Chief 82(11):52-54.
Jonathan-Zamir, T., Mastrofski, S. D., and Moyal, S. 2015. Measuring procedural justice in police-citizen encounters. Justice Quarterly 32(5):854-871.
CRIM 401 Policing in America
CRIM 510 Policing in a Democratic Society
CRIM 742 Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations
CRIM 795 Innovations in Policing
Ph. D. Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1981.