Joel Caplan, Ph.D.

Joel Caplan, Ph.D., helps cities and towns prevent crime and improve community policing. He helps them make data-informed decisions about policies and programs that enhance public safety. Dr. Caplan is a Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and serves as Director of the SCJ Master’s Program and Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS). Dr. Caplan has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency medical technician.

The DICE framework for public safety involves police, but it does not prioritize law enforcement or use it as a singular intervention strategy