Editorial: Herman Goldstein, excellence in criminology

Editorial: Herman Goldstein, excellence in criminology

Madison has long been home to one of the world’s preeminent experts and thinkers on criminology including — of particular relevance today — Problem Oriented Policing.

Well, last week UW Law School professor emeritus Herman Goldstein was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his decades of scholarship on policing.

It’s worth mentioning that news of the award came to us first from Jim Dexheimer a retired Madison police sergeant who was one of many Madison law enforcement leaders who embraced Goldstein’s work.

The national center for Problem Oriented Policing’s annual award is called the Goldstein Award and MPD’s work has been recognized several times. Former chiefs David Couper and Nobel Wray were both Goldstein disciples.

Goldstein was always ahead of his time in his commitment to police reform research and the Stockholm recognition honors his contribution to “significantly reducing crime (and) advancing human rights.” Madison’s policing is as good as it is due in part to Goldstein’s influence. His international recognition is cool and well-deserved.