Professor Lawrence Sherman will become the first criminologist to be awarded Yale University's highest graduate school medal in the school's history. The medal named after the late Governor of Connecticut and Yale Gaduate School Dean Wilbur Cross, recognizes achievements in “scholarship and scientific discovery, public service, service to professional organizations, and teaching and mentoring.” Professor Sherman will receive the Wilbur Cross Medal of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association at a ceremony on Yale’s New Haven campus in October. He will also deliver a talk to Yale’s Department of Sociology, entitled “Understanding and Reforming the Police Institution,” including his own work on policing around the world.
Sherman is the founder of a global police reform movement for “evidence-based policing,” which promotes public safety using methods similar to those used for public health: epidemiological forecasting, randomized field experiments, and real-time tracking of high-risk victims, places or offenders. A former President of the American Society of Criminology and the American Academy of Political and Social Science, he holds honorary doctorates or awards from the University of Stockholm, George Mason University, Denison University, the Royal Society of Arts in London, and the German Society of Criminology. In 2016 King Karl XVI Gustav of Sweden appointed Sherman a Knight Commander of Sweden, for services to criminology and justice. Since 2010, Sherman has divided his time between teaching both undergraduates and graduate students at Maryland while teaching senior police officers from 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Australia and Europe at the University of Cambridge in England. He was recently elected President of the American College of Policing, a new organization that fulfills a recommendation of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st - Century Policing, to better educate chief executives of American police agencies. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing.