Ed McGarrell Is New Director of the Michigan SAC
Edmund ("Ed") McGarrell is the new Director of the Michigan Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). He is also the Director of and a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU), which houses the SAC. Dr. McGarrell's primary research interest is in communities and crime and the development of evidence-based strategies for violence reduction. Since 2002 he has led an MSU team that served as the national research partner for the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. This involved research on the impact of PSN on gun, gang, and drug-related crime and the provision of research-based training and technical assistance to PSN task forces coordinated by the 93 U.S. Attorney's Offices across the country.
In addition to this national research, Dr. McGarrell and colleagues are working with criminal justice officials and community partners in Detroit (Ceasefire and PSN), Flint (MI-Youth Violence Prevention Center), Lansing, and with the Michigan State Police. His involvement with data-driven, focused deterrence strategies was shaped by his experience in Indianapolis, where he served as the research partner and co-coordinator of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership (IVRP). Related research examined the impact of restorative justice conferences as an alternative to traditional juvenile justice processes.
More recently, Dr. McGarrell has begun to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of MSU colleagues involved in the Conservation Criminology Program, which focuses research on pollution, wildlife, and natural resource crime. He serves on the Environmental Crime Committees of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and INTERPOL. He received both his master's and doctoral degrees at University at Albany, SUNY.
Dr. McGarrell's experience with PSN provided an opportunity to work with SAC Directors from a number of states. This experience helped him understand the role of the SACs in supporting the analysis of crime and justice research, and the translation of research, to inform policy and practice. He looks forward to working with criminal justice agencies throughout Michigan as well as the national network of SACs. He is particularly excited about the collaboration with the Michigan State Police, where Michigan's statewide National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data are stored, offering outstanding opportunities for mutually beneficial research and analysis.
Long-time Michigan SAC Director Dr. Tim Bynum remains active on the faculty at Michigan State University and continues to serve as Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data and as a valued resource to the SAC.