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Elle Wiggins ’14 Helps in Efforts To Reduce Crime Through Internship

Publication Date: 7/2/2012

Elle Wiggins ’14, a psychology major at Rhodes, has been working with criminologist and University of Memphis Professor Richard Janikowski conducting data analysis on various types of crimes and violence (rape, homicide, violent firearms, robbery, burglary, etc.) in Memphis that occurred from 2008 to 2011.

“I recently was told that MPD is now using these reports as a guide during the process of enacting their new policing strategies around the Memphis community to try to lower the crime rates,” says Wiggins.

From her summer internship, she adds she has learned that “even the smallest things can help improve a community, whether it be creating more community centers and outreach programs or simply adding more street lighting to an area. Even if these areas don’t directly affect me, I have found it important to become educated on how to improve a community and then do whatever I can to help.”

After graduating from Rhodes, Wiggins plans to pursue a graduate degree in either forensic psychology or criminology.

“Elle’s outstanding work is making a critical contribution to identifying and prioritizing small geographic areas for implementation of evidence-based, place-based strategies,” says Janikowski. “Her dedication and effort is helping to make a difference in people’s lives by enhancing public safety and helping build community.”

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