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Jacinta Gau

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal justice policy
  • Quantitative methods
  • Race and poliing
  • Procedural justice
  • Police

Key Findings


Jacinta Gau, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida, is an expert in police-community relations, criminal justice policy, race and policing, procedural justice and police legitimacy.

Gau currently consults with police agencies. She previously served as a subject-matter expert for the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office) on a Technical Assistance project in which a team studied a Florida police department in-depth, assisted with training, and provided policy and training advice. She has helped train other police departments on procedurally just policing and currently assists a local sheriff’s office on personnel and staffing issues.

She has been published in numerous journals, including Justice QuarterlyJustice and Behavior, and Crime & Delinquency.

Gau received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and her B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University.