D. Kim Rossmo
Research Professor (2003 to present)
Director, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (GII)
Texas State University, Department of Criminal Justice, (2003 to present) 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas, 78666, General Office (512) 245-2174 ; research focus on the criminal investigative function and the geography of crime ; currently studying the geographic and geological features associated with criminal land
border crossings, and spatial patterns of insurgency bombings
; teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses
Management Consultant, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (2003 to present)
; responsible for case work and understudy training in geographic profiling.
Director of Research, Police Foundation, Washington, DC (2001 to 2003)
; responsible for defining and implementing the Foundation‟s research agenda.
; duties included management of research staff, divisional budget, and overall project
administration, and grant proposal preparation.
Detective Inspector, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, British Columbia (1978 to 2001)
; formerly officer i/c Geographic Profiling Section; duties involved providing geographic
profiling services in cases of serial crime (e.g., murder, rape, arson, bombing, robbery) for
local, national, and international police agencies, including the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Scotland Yard (1995 to 2001). ; past duties included assignments in offender profiling, organized crime intelligence, patrol,
hostage negotiation, emergency response team, prostitution task force, vice, planning and
research, crime prevention, community liaison, Expo 86 Squad, VIP security, detention
annex, communications (1978 to 1995).
; participant in Project Eclipse, Canada‟s first criminal investigative case conference,
analyzing unsolved prostitute murders (1991).
; member of Interministerial Street Children‟s Committee (1987 to 1992).
; Commendations: Chief Constable‟s (1995), Superintendent‟s (1989),
Inspector‟s (1990, 1985, 1981).
Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Advisory Committee for Police Investigative Operations (1997 to present).
Vice-President, Canadian Association of Violent Crime Analysts (1997 to 2002).
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Police Association (1995 to 1997); duties included finances, budget preparation, and federal criminal justice policy lobbying. Vice-President and Director, Vancouver Police Union (1988 to 1994); member of contract negotiating team and chair of Research Committee.
Certificates in General and Advanced Police Studies, Canadian Police College. Police Advanced Certificate of Education, Justice Institute of British Columbia.
PhD (Criminology, 1996), Simon Fraser University.
; dissertation: Geographic Profiling: Target Patterns of Serial Murderers, an examination of
the hunting styles and geographic patterns of serial murderers, rapists, and arsonists. This
study led to the development and international implementation of geographic profiling, an
investigative methodology used in cases of serial crime.
; consultant for the Policing in British Columbia Commission of Inquiry community policing
research project (1994).
; Japan-Canada comparative policing research project (1991).
Master of Arts (Criminology, 1988), Simon Fraser University.
; thesis: Fugitive Migration Patterns, a study of the effects of warrant policies on national
levels of criminal fugitive travel.
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, 1978), University of Saskatchewan.
Adjunct professor and sessional instructor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University (1996 to present; 1988 to 1995).
Visiting Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Houston-Downtown (2000 to present).
Executive Counselor, Western Society of Criminology (1999 to 2002).
American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Western Society of Criminology, Homicide Research Working Group, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (Full Fellow), International Homicide Investigators Association, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, International Association of Crime Analysts, Canadian Association of Violent Crime Analysts.
Awards and Recognitions
Fellow, Western Society of Criminology (1998).
Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award, Simon Fraser University (1999).
IACP Webber Seavey Finalist Award (1999).
Recognized by BC Business as one of British Columbia‟s top innovators (1999).
Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal (2000).
Research listed as one of the 80 most important ideas of the year in The New York Times
Examples of geographic profile maps requested by the U.S. Library of Congress (2003). Recognized by Maclean’s as one of the defining innovators in Canadian history (2004).
Member of the editorial board for the international journal Homicide Studies.
Peer review consultant for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Member of the South Carolina Research Authority Integrated Solutions Group Advisory Board. Peer reviews for several academic journals, including Journal of Quantitative Criminology,
Professional Geographer, Police Practice and Research, Police Quarterly, the SSHR Council of
Canada, the OISIN II programme of the European Union, and various book publishers. Developer of the Simon Fraser University Phenomenon of Serial Murder course; co-developer of
the Introduction to Policing distance education course, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia/Simon Fraser University Police Studies Series on current policing topics.
Developer of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Forensic Behavioural Science course.
Recognized in the Superior Court of Ontario as an expert in “the geography of crime, the hunting patterns of serial offenders, and appropriate investigative strategies” (1997).
Rossmo, D. K. (2000). Geographic profiling. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Rossmo, D. K. (2002). Geographic profiling (S. Watanabe, K. Watanabe, M. Suzuki, & T.
Shimada, Trans.). Kyoto: Kitaohji Shobo. (Original work published 2000).
Holmes, R. M., & Rossmo, D. K. (2002). Geography, profiling, and predatory criminals. In R. M. rd ed.) (pp. 208-Holmes & S. T. Holmes, Profiling violent crimes: An investigative tool (3
222). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Rossmo, D. K. (1995). Multivariate spatial profiles as a tool in crime investigation. In C. R. Block,
M. Dabdoub, & S. Fregly (Eds.), Crime analysis through computer mapping (pp. 65-97).
Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum.
Rossmo, D. K. (1995). Place, space, and police investigations: Hunting serial violent criminals. In
J. E. Eck & D. A. Weisburd (Eds.), Crime and place: Crime prevention studies, Vol. 4 (pp.
217-235). Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.
Rossmo, D. K. (1995). Strategic crime patterning: Problem-Oriented policing and displacement.
In C. R. Block, M. Dabdoub, & S. Fregly (Eds.), Crime analysis through computer mapping
(pp. 1-14). Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum.
Rossmo, D. K. (1996). Targeting victims: Serial killers and the urban environment. In T.
O‟Reilly-Fleming (Ed.), Serial and mass murder: Theory, research and policy (pp. 133-153).
Toronto: Canadian Scholars‟ Press.
Rossmo, D. K. (1997). Geographic profiling. In J. L. Jackson & D. A. Bekerian (Eds.), Offender
profiling: Theory, research and practice (pp. 159-175). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Rossmo, D. K. (1997). Geographic profiling. In J. L. Jackson & D. A. Bekerian (Eds.), Offender
profiling: Theory, research and practice (Japanese translation).
Rossmo, D. K. (1997). Place, space, and police investigations: Hunting serial violent criminals. In
D. V. Canter & L. J. Alison (Eds.), Criminal detection and the psychology of crime (pp.
507-525). Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate Publishing (reprint).
Rossmo, D. K. (2003). Maps, technology, and the search for treasure. In M. R. Leipnik & D. P.
Albert (Eds.), GIS in law enforcement: Implementation issues and case studies (pp. xii-xiv).
London: Taylor & Francis.
Rossmo, D. K. (2004). Geographic profiling. In Q. C. Thurman & J. Zhao (Eds.), Contemporary
policing: Controversies, challenges, and solutions (pp. 274-284). Los Angeles: Roxbury
Rossmo, D. K. (2004). Geographic profiling as problem solving for serial crime. In Q. C.
Thurman & J. D. Jamieson (Eds.), Police problem solving (pp. 121-131). Cincinnati:
Rossmo, D. K. (2004). Geographic profiling update. In J. H. Campbell & D. DeNevi (Eds.),
Profilers: Leading investigators take you inside the criminal mind (pp. 291-312). Amherst,
NY: Prometheus Books.
Rossmo, D. K., & Fisher, D. K. (2004). Problem solving prostitution in a problem neighborhood.
In Q. C. Thurman & J. D. Jamieson (Eds.), Police problem solving (pp. 87-96). Cincinnati:
Rossmo, D. K., Laverty, I., & Moore, B. (in press). Geographic profiling for serial crime
investigation. In F. Wang (Ed.), Geographic information systems and crime analysis (pp.
102-117). Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.
Saville, G. J., & Rossmo, D. K. (1995). „Striking a balance‟: Lessons from problem-oriented
policing in British Columbia. In K. M. Hazlehurst (Ed.), Perceptions of justice: Issues in
indigenous and community empowerment (pp. 119-141). Aldershot, England: Avebury.
Beauregard, E., Proulx, J., & Rossmo, D. K. (in press). Spatial patterns of sex offenders:
Theoretical, empirical, and practical issues. Aggression and Violent Behavior.
Boyd, N., & Rossmo, D. K. (1994, February). David Milgaard, the Supreme Court and Section
690: A wrongful conviction revisited. Canadian Lawyer, pp. 28-29, 32.
Fleming, Z., & Rossmo, D. K. (1996). Optimizing patrol resources: Vancouver‟s 4/11 team
model. RCMP Gazette, 58(6), 2-9.
Rossmo, D. K. (1991). After the use of deadly force: What you should be aware of. Blue Line
Magazine, 3(4), 19-20.
Rossmo, D. K. (1993). Target patterns of serial murderers: A methodological model. American
Journal of Criminal Justice, 17(2), 1-21.
Rossmo, D. K. (1994). A primer on criminal geographic targeting. IALEIA Journal, 9(1), 1-12.
Rossmo, D. K. (1999, March). Geographic profiling system helps catch criminals. GeoWorld, p.
Rossmo, D. K., & Davies, A. (2001). Stealth predator patterns. Crime Mapping News, 3(4), 6-7.
Rossmo, D. K., & Fisher, D. K. (1993). Problem-Oriented policing: A cooperative approach in
Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. RCMP Gazette, 55(1), 1-9.
Rossmo, D. K., & Routledge, R. (1990). Estimating the size of criminal populations. Journal of
Quantitative Criminology, 6, 293-314.
Rossmo, D. K., & Saville, G. J. (1991). Policing Challenge 2000: Riding the winds of change.
Canadian Journal of Criminology, 33, 543-549.
Taylor, B., Brooks, J., Phanidis, J., & Rossmo, D. K. (1991). Services for Vancouver street youth:
An integrated delivery model. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 6(3), 49-61.
Boyd, N., & Rossmo, D. K. (1992). Milgaard v. The Queen: Finding justice – Problems and
process. Burnaby, BC: Criminology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. Hotel, C., & Rossmo, D. K. (1993). Creating a safer Vancouver: Safer City Task Force
questionnaire results. In Safer City Task Force: Final report (pp. 349-376). Vancouver:
Rossmo, D. K. (1987). Fugitive migration patterns. Unpublished master‟s thesis, Simon Fraser
University, Burnaby, BC.
2, 22(8), 25-26. Rossmo, D. K. (1989). The Bo Diddley Syndrome. MC
Rossmo, D. K. (1993). Geographic profiling: Locating serial killers. In D. Zahm & P. F.
Cromwell (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Seminar on Environmental Criminology
and Crime Analysis (pp. 14-29). Coral Gables, FL: Florida Criminal Justice Executive
Rossmo, D. K. (1993). Multivariate spatial profiles as a tool in crime investigation. In C. R. Block
& M. Dabdoub (Eds.), Workshop on crime analysis through computer mapping;
Proceedings: 1993 (pp. 89-126). Chicago: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Rossmo, D. K. (1993). Strategic crime patterning: Problem-Oriented policing and displacement.
In C. R. Block & M. Dabdoub (Eds.), Workshop on crime analysis through computer
mapping; Proceedings: 1993 (pp. 5-20). Chicago: Illinois Criminal Justice Information
Rossmo, D. K. (1993). [Review of Violence and public anxiety: A Canadian case]. Culture,
Rossmo, D. K. (1994, Fall). STAC tools: The Crime Site Probability Program. STAC News, pp. 9,
Rossmo, D. K. (1995). Geographic profiling: Target patterns of serial murderers. Unpublished
doctoral dissertation, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
Rossmo, D. K. (2003). Geographic profiling. In E. W. Hickey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of murder and
violent crime (pp. 205-209). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Rossmo, D. K. (2004). A day in the life: Geographic profiler. In C. H. Wecht, Crime scene
investigation: Crack the case with real-life experts. Pleasantville, NY: Reader‟s Digest
Rossmo, D. K., Davies, A., & Patrick, M. (2004). Exploring the geo-demographic relationship
between stranger rapists and their offences (Special Interest Series). London: Policing and
Reducing Crime Unit, Home Office.
Numerous research papers presented at academic and professional conferences in Canada, United
States, Britain, Europe, Australia, and Africa.