Lorraine is examining ways to prevent and control online crime, like creating an online triage tool that helps practitioners better manage referrals for the most serious cases.
“One of the projects I have right now is with the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation looking at ways that we can help practitioners to build a better decision-making support tool,” she says.
“They have thousands and thousands of referrals, and they've got to make very important decisions about which referrals they can act on and which ones they can't. This new tool is helping them to prioritise which referrals they need to act on in a really urgent way.”
According to Lorraine, translating what criminologists know about offline crime into the online world is not a straightforward conversion. Criminologists are partnering with other industry experts to help gain a better understanding of how modern crimes are committed online.
“We’re working with a cyber specialist looking at all the different ways that we can block opportunities for crime problems through tech solutions on the internet,” says Lorraine.
“Criminals are always adapting and always evolving. We’re finding the tools to understand how, why and where people commit crime, and what criminal justice professionals can do to build investigative capabilities and better prevent crime problems.”