Subject Matter Expert
Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Areas of Expertise:
Problem-oriented policing, situational crime prevention, sustainability, police management
Michael S. Scott is the director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, Inc., and clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He was formerly police chief in Lauderhill, Florida; served in various civilian administrative positions in the St. Louis Metropolitan, Ft. Pierce, Florida, and New York police departments; and was a police officer in the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department. Mr. Scott developed training programs in problem-oriented policing at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and is a judge for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. He was the 1996 recipient of PERF's Gary P. Hayes Award for innovation and leadership in policing. Scott holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.