PAM is derived from a concept of problem analysis originally developed by John Eck. Graeme Newman has helped apply the concept to an interactive environment and link it to the Problem-Oriented Guides to Police. Jon Shane has helped keep the tool as close as possible to the practical concerns of policing. The web-based version was created for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing by the Instructional Technologies Unit of the Professional Development Program at the University at Albany.
Professor Eck is a 1994 Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland. He has conducted research into police operations since 1977, and served as the Research Director for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). At PERF, he spearheaded the development of problem-oriented policing throughout the U.S. He was also the Evaluation Coordinator for Law Enforcement at the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and a consultant to the London Metropolitan Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Police Foundation, and other organizations. Dr. Eck has written on criminal investigations, drug markets and control, crime mapping, and crime places. Research interests are the concentration of crime at places and prevention, crime displacement, criminal investigations, and the investigation of police misconduct. He was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee to Review Research on Police Policy and Practices and contributor to the committee’s report, Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence. He teaches police effectiveness, research methods, and policy analysis.
Dr. Newman is a 1972 Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in the history and sociology of punishment, popular media and criminal justice, comparative criminal justice and theoretical criminology.
Professor Newman has provided consultation to the Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Division of the United Nations for many years, particularly in regard to the World Crime Surveys, various projects on violence, and the relationship between criminal justice and development. For the United Nations he pioneered the establishment of the United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network, the first criminal justice presence on the Internet.
Professor Newman has written widely in criminal justice and other fields, and has written commercial software.
The mission of The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.
The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is a non-profit organization comprising affiliated police practitioners, researchers, and universities dedicated to the advancement of problem-oriented policing.
More information is available at: www.popcenter.org.
The Professional Development Program (PDP) helps fulfill the public service mission of the University through workforce development, education, training, research and evaluation. PDP's Instructional Technologies Unit develops state-of-the-art tools and courseware to meet the organizational and educational needs of its many sponsors. PDP's web-based courses are developed using a variety of technologies that allow for dynamic content generation, customized feedback, sophisticated interactions, and nontraditional instructional approaches.
More information is available at: www.pdp.albany.edu.