Dr. Kim Rossmo

Dr. Kim Rossmo

Policing, Geographic Profiling Expert

Areas of Expertise and Strengths

  • expertise and analytic skills related to crimes
  • creator of world-renowned Geographic Profiling methodology
  • extensive academic contacts in Criminology
  • police investigations and detective work
  • wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failures
  • foot patrol policing


Dr. Kim Rossmo is the University Endowed Chair in Criminology, and the Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (GII) in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. He has researched and published in the areas of criminal investigations, the geography of crime, and policing.

Dr. Rossmo was the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, the first such unit in the world, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community. He then worked as the Director of Research for the Police Foundation, a think tank in Washington, DC, and as a management consultant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Dr. Rossmo is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Advisory Committee for Police Investigative Operations, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He also sits on several editorial boards for academic journals, including Homicide Studies, and is a Full Fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF).

Dr. Rossmo has consulted on a number of media projects, including fiction novels and film scripts, and several of his cases have been profiled on national and international television documentaries.  The CBS crime drama television series Numb3rs was influenced by his work.

Dr. Rossmo recently completed federally funded research projects on the causes and nature of wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failures, the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, geographic profiling applications in counterinsurgency, and patterns of illegal border crossings.  He has published books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures, along with over 120 scholarly articles and book chapters.  Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.