|11 July, 2011 |
| Klachky Prize awarded to Prof. Weisburd |
| Prof. David Weisburd |
The Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science was recently awarded to Prof. David Weisburd of the Hebrew University's Institute of Criminology at the Hebrew University's Board of Governors meetings.
The prize, awarded annually, was established by Raquel and Manuel Klachky of Mexico City.
Prof. Weisburd was awarded for his work in two areas of research. In one study, Prof. Weisburd found that contrary to popular belief, most white-collar offenders are middle class and not elite. The findings of his research indicate that a very broad section of workers could commit such offenses.
Another research area conducted by Prof. Weisburd showed that the police do not need to spread their patrols around the city, but rather focus on crime ''hot spots''. Although these ''hot spots'' only constitute four or five percent of the city, they produce more than half the level of crime and public disorder.
Furthermore, Prof. Weisburd proved that this concentration of police patrols in crime centers does not, as previously thought, ''push the crime around the corner'', but causes crime levels in these hot spots to fall significantly, without it arising in other neighborhoods. This series of studies encouraged police departments around the world to concentrate their crime prevention efforts on specific hot spots, in place of standard police patrols.
In 2010, Prof. Weisburd was also awarded the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Prof. David Weisburd is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University's Institute of Criminology in Jerusalem.
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