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.