Informing police decision-making and developing decision-support, including crime linkage (behavioural linking of crimes), suspect prioritisation, classification of IIOC, offender profiling, and identifying false allegations. She also evaluates police interventions in terms of effectiveness, as well as conducting process evaluations.
Sexual and Serial Offending
Sexual offending (particularly offences committed by strangers, juveniles and groups, as well as Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse), modus operandi, victim behaviour, rape myths and stereotypes, serial offending (including robbery, burglary and sexual offences).
Wellbeing of Criminal Justice Professionals
Occupational stress, the effect of exposure to other people’s traumatic experiences, coping strategies used by professionals.
Jessica has attracted more than £3.3 M in research grants and contracts.
Selected research grants and contracts
2017 & 2019: Academic Advisory Group. Principal Investigator, £30k
2016: Embedding CPS Lawyers in Police Public Protection Units - an evaluation of the impact on efficiency and quality of investigations. College of Policing. Joint Principal Investigator, £50k.
2016: Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Data Retention Project. Funded by the National Police Chief’s Council and ESRC IAA. Principal Investigator, £34k.
2015: Police Knowledge Fund Award for the Better Policing Collaborative. College of Policing, the Home Office and HEFCE. Lead for Multiple Research Work Packages, £1.1M.
2014: Research, Development and Training in Evidence-Based Policing. Co-I and Lead of Research Work Package, £750k.
2012: C-LINK (Crime Linkage International NetworK), Leverhulme Trust, £79k