David Bierie on the U.S. Marshals Service
David Bierie, a lecturer and graduate of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, as well as Senior Statistician in the U.S. Marshals Service, published an article about the creation and evolution of research in that history. Despite being one of the smaller agencies in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), they make over 100,000 arrests a year - more than all other DOJ agenices combined. The article provides a brief and fasincating history of the U.S. Marshals service, the nation's oldest police agency, established through the very first bill passed by the first Congress. In addition to being the oldest police agency, they are also the oldest statistical agency in the U.S.; responsible for conducting the U.S. Census for the first 100 years of the nation's history. The article describes the way Bierie and colleagues built on that statistical legacy by redesigning data architecture, solving practical statistical and operational problems with data, and publishing studies in scientific journals. By showing that science has value, and that engagement with academics and journals spurs more and better analytic insight, the article provides a template for other agencies who wish to benefit from data science.
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