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 Justice Policy Program within RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

  • The Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Citizens' Complaints Against the Police

    Sep 26, 2016

    Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are becoming a common feature in the police officer’s arsenal. A multisite randomized controlled trial demonstrated that the use of BWCs dramatically reduces the incidence of complaints lodged against officers.

  • Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices for Law Enforcement

    Dec 10, 2015

    Mobile phones collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations. However, state and local law enforcement face substantial challenges when accessing these data.

  • 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.