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.

  • 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.

  • What the Military Can Teach Police About Organizational Diversity

    Dec 21, 2012

    Lessons from the Military Leadership Diversity Commission can inform civilian police department hiring and personnel management towards diversity. This report focuses on steps that law enforcement agencies can take to foster a racially and ethnically diverse workforce.

  • How Much Difference Does the Lawyer Make? The Effect of Defense Counsel on Murder Case Outcomes

    Nov 16, 2012

    Public defenders assigned to indigent Philadelphia murder defendants are vastly more effective than court-appointed private attorneys at reducing conviction rates, the likelihood of a life sentence, and overall prison time, raising important questions about the adequacy and fairness of the criminal justice system.