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George Kelling 1935-2019: Remembrances and 5 Master Tips on Leadership


George L. Kelling, the noted criminologist and leading expert on policing, died May 15. While Dr. Kelling is best known as the co-developer of the “Broken Windows” theory of policing, his work and influence span many decades and many areas of the profession. Dr. Steve Edwards, project manager of ESPL, and Chief (Ret’d) Darrel W. Stephens, co-Director of ESPL, offer their words of memory and tribute to the man they knew well.

Audio from Darrel Stephens.

Audio from Steven Edwards.

5 Master Tips on Leadership.

Dr. Kelling, the noted American criminologist, was invited to address the first session of the BJA Executive Session on Police Leadership at the end of 2011. He closed his remarks with brief comments on on characteristics of leadership in the 21st century. Professor Kelling makes five suggestions for police executives to consider incorporating into their leadership approach.

Biographical Note:

George L. Kelling is a professor emeritus in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and a former fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He previously taught at Northeastern University.

He is the author of several large-scale experiments in policing—notably, the Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment (October 1972-December 1973; Report 1974) and the Newark Foot Patrol Experiment (1981) conducted by the Police Foundation. The latter was the source of “Broken Windows,” his most familiar essay which appeared in The Atlantic (March 1982) and was co-authored by James Q. Wilson. With his wife, Catherine M. Coles, Professor Kelling produced Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities (1998). He holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.S.W. from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Link to Obituary

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