Welcome to the RAND Center on Quality Policing

Research for Action

The RAND Center on Quality Policing (CQP) provides research and analysis on contemporary police practice and policy. By determining what practices are most cost-effective and results-oriented, the Center's work helps law enforcement agencies across the United States make better operational decisions and consistently perform at their best.

Today's police forces confront tough issues, including:

  • identifying the best ways to spend policing dollars
  • recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce
  • defining what it means to police effectively and then evaluating performance
  • improving police-community relations, such as through community policing
  • preventing racial profiling
  • reducing community violence
  • sharing intelligence within and across agencies
  • choosing the safest non-lethal weapons

Research done at the Center focuses on four interrelated areas-best practices, performance measurement, use of technology, and force planning-to deliver results that help departments solve these and other problems.

The Center is part of the Safety and Justice Program within RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

Calculator Shows the Cost of Crime and Value of Police

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Cost-of-crime and police effectiveness research can be used to measure how changing the size of police departments will affect overall crime costs to society.

Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse

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Recruitment and retention of officers is an increasing challenge for police agencies. Overwhelmed by day-to-day operations, police agencies typically do not have the time, resources, or expertise to find resources that could improve their recruitment and retention efforts. The Center for Quality Policing's Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse is a searchable database of information that departments can use to meet their staffing needs.

  • Examining Police, Community Relations

    May 8, 2015

    The “Strengthening Police-Community Trust” panel held Wednesday at RAND's Pittsburgh offices felt ripped from the headlines, and from the outset the discussion was focused on what the moderator called “the intersection between the community and the police.”

  • Strengthening Trust Between Police and the Public

    May 1, 2015

    Amid recent tensions between law enforcement and the public, three key questions must be answered to build the foundation for long-lasting mutual trust, especially given technological changes that are increasing transparency.

  • Data Key to Tackling Racial Profiling in Ferguson

    Aug 21, 2014

    Authorities in Ferguson would be wise to consider following Cincinnati's example in dealing with mistrust between police and citizens after the police shooting of a young black man. The city embarked on a thorough examination of racial profiling by its police force and took steps to deal with the perception that bias was influencing the way police officers performed their duties.

  • Forecasting Crime for Law Enforcement

    Oct 14, 2013

    Predictive policing is the use of analytical techniques to prevent crime or solve past crimes. An assessment of some of the most promising technical tools and tactical approaches offers recommendations for police and developers.

  • Evaluating the Caruth Police Institute in Dallas

    Aug 23, 2013

    The Caruth Police Institute (CPI) has been an important vehicle for enhancing leadership skills of mid- and high-level Dallas Police Department officers and creating a more professional police force, according to a RAND evaluation.