John S. Hollywood

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Senior Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in operations research, MIT; B.S. in applied mathematics, MIT


John S. Hollywood is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor of policy analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School. His principal focus is information systems research related to improving information collection and analysis methods to prevent violence, ranging from violent crime to terrorism to insurgent attacks. He currently serves as the Director of the Information and Geospatial Technologies Center of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, which provides strategic planning, liaison and outreach support on information technology and analytics for the National Institute of Justice. Other recent projects include a study characterizing recent US terror plots and how they have been foiled and development of a tool to predict areas at risk of increased crime. He has written opinion pieces on foiling US terrorist plots for CNN and the Charlotte Observer.

Selected Publications

Walter L. Perry, Brian McInnis, Carter C. Price, John S. Hollywood, Predictive Policing: The Role of Crime Forecasting in Law Enforcement Operations, RAND (RR-233-NIJ), 2013 (forthcoming)

John Gordon IV, Brett Andrew Wallace, Daniel Tremblay, John Hollywood, Keeping Law Enforcement Connected: Information Technology Needs from State and Local Agencies, RAND (TR-1165-NIJ), 2012

John S. Hollywood, Kevin J. Strom, Mark W. Pope, "Using 9-1-1 Calls for Service to Identify Potential Instances of Terrorist Surveillance," The Police Chief, 75(10):160-165, 2008

Daniel R. Gonzales, John S. Hollywood, Jerry Sollinger, James McFadden, John DeJarnette, Sarah Harting, Donald Temple, Networked Forces in Stability Operations: 101st Airborne Division, 3/2 and 1/25 Stryker Brigades in Northern Iraq, RAND (MG-593-OSD), 2007

John S. Hollywood, "An Approximate Planning Model for Distributed Computing Networks," Naval Research Logistics, 52(6):590-605, 2005

John S. Hollywood, Kenneth N. McKay, "An Adaptive Scheduling Framework for Heterogeneous Computer Networks," Control Engineering Principles, 12:725-734, 2004

John S. Hollywood, Diane Snyder, Kenneth N. McKay, John Boon, Out of the Ordinary: Finding Hidden Threats by Analyzing Unusual Behavior, RAND (MG-126-RC), 2004


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    Predictive Policing: An Effective Tool, but Not a Crystal Ball

    Predictive policing is not an end-all solution, but rather a tool that must be used in concert with other policing resources as part of a broader anti-crime effort. Used properly, predictive policing can predict the risk of future events, but not the events themselves.

    Nov 15, 2013 Government Technology

  • Can You Help Stop Terror Plots?

    Of the plots foiled in the last 10 years on U.S. soil, the would-be terrorists came from many different ethnic groups. We know of no cases where ethnic profiling helped stop a terrorist plot, write John Hollywood and Kevin J. Strom.

    May 10, 2011 CNN

  • Alert Public and Cops Foiled the Most Terrorism Schemes

    The recent foiled plot by a naturalized citizen to bomb Washington-area metro stations has national counterterrorism officials warning that the U.S. faces not only risks from abroad, but also homegrown terrorism, write John S. Hollywood and Kevin J. Strom.

    Nov 24, 2010 The Charlotte Observer