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  • A police officer talking on the phone at his desk

    Commentary

    CPD's 'Heat List' and the Dilemma of Predictive Policing

    Predictive policing — the use of computer models to identify areas or people at greater risk of being involved in a serious crime — is yielding results for police. How authorities plan to respond to the data is key.

    Sep 21, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Who Are the Men Caring for Maltreated Youth? Male Primary Caregivers in the Child Welfare System

    Men who are the primary caregivers of youth in the child welfare system tend to be more similar than different from their female counterparts.

    Sep 21, 2016

  • News Release

    First Estimates of Judicial Costs of Specific Crimes, from Homicide to Theft

    When considering the costs of crime, policymakers and the public typically think about the price of housing prisoners, not the judicial costs. The costs to taxpayers of prosecuting, defending, and adjudicating crimes can vary widely, from $200 to $400 for a motor vehicle theft to $22,000 to $44,000 for a homicide.

    Sep 12, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Using Respondent-Driven Sampling to Recruit Illegal Drug Purchasers to Evaluate a Drug Market Intervention

    Respondent-driven sampling -- a peer-driven method of recruiting hidden populations -- can be used to create a representative sample of a drug market's users; the sample can then be surveyed to discern the effects of a Drug Market Intervention.

    Sep 8, 2016

  • Dictionary page with the word scam highlighted

    Commentary

    The True Cost of 'Scams' and How Policies Can Help

    Each year, loss due to scams in the UK is in the range of £1.2 to £5.8 billion. To combat this scourge, the National Trading Standards Scams Team needs more support, both financially and legislatively.

    Sep 1, 2016

  • Handcuffs lying on $100 bills

    Journal Article

    Measuring the Costs of Crime Should Include Judicial Costs

    When considering the costs of crime, policymakers and the public typically think about the price of housing prisoners, not the judicial costs. The costs to taxpayers of prosecuting, defending, and adjudicating crimes are part of the dollar impact, and can show the potential savings from crime prevention.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Students in the hall

    Research Brief

    Can Technology Make Schools Safer?

    Concerns about violence have led many schools to seek out safety technologies such as metal detectors, anonymous “tip lines,” and video surveillance systems. How effective are these at helping schools prevent and respond to threats and acts of violence?

    Aug 22, 2016

  • Report

    Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2014–2015 Report

    This annual report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors evaluates the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act, which offers programs to high-need juvenile probationers and at-risk youths.

    Aug 10, 2016

  • Barbara Hytower, holding a photo of her daughter Jamila who was murdered in Myrtle Beach, stands with other members of South Carolina Mothers Against Violence before the start of a rally, February 25, 2016

    Commentary

    Domestic Warning Signs of Mass Shootings

    After shootings, there is inevitably public debate over gun safety, constitutional rights, police tactics, terrorism, race, and politics. But these discussions rarely focus on a common factor among the perpetrators: a history of violence against women.

    Aug 6, 2016

  • Police investigate the scene of a shooting at a federal office building in Lower Manhattan, New York, August 21, 2015

    Report

    Evaluating a Study of State Gun Policies

    A RAND study team reviewed an article in The Lancet on the effects of state firearm laws and found problems in its methods and findings. The assessment provides a detailed account of the errors and statistical support for the team's conclusions.

    Jul 14, 2016

  • Close up of a handgun on a table, with a person in the background

    Journal Article

    Firearm Ownership and Acquisition Among Parents with Risk Factors for Self-Harm or Other Violence

    Families with risk factors such as parental mental illness and substance use have a modestly greater probability of having a firearm in the home compared with families without risk factors.

    Jul 14, 2016

  • Confiscated illegal guns displayed during a news conference at New York City Police Headquarters.

    Project

    Gun Policy in America

    The RAND Gun Policy in America initiative will develop policy analysis tools and research syntheses, grounded in science, aimed at clarifying the effects of current and proposed firearms measures. The tools will document the effects of different firearms policies on gun violence, on gun rights, and on hunting and recreational gun use.

    Jun 30, 2016

  • People take part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016

    Blog

    Orlando Nightclub Shooting: RAND Experts React

    RAND experts provide perspective on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, what it likely means within the context of the campaign against ISIS, and more.

    Jun 15, 2016

  • Facade of the United States Supreme Court building

    Project

    RAND Justice Policy

    RAND Justice Policy conducts research on occupational, transportation, food, and public safety, incl violence, policing, and corrections.

    Jun 2, 2016

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    Project

    Developing Injury Surveillance Through Ambulance Data: A ‘Proof of Concept’ Approach

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is implementing and evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance

    Jun 2, 2016

  • Body worn cameras are being trialed by officers in Wolverhampton and Birmingham

    Project

    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera or because the officers did not keep their cameras on throughout their shift.

    Jun 1, 2016

  • Police constables wearing body-worn video (BWV) cameras, before a trial by the Metropolitan police, at Kentish Town in London, May 6, 2014

    News Release

    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera. The camera also may make officers less assertive and more vulnerable to assault.

    May 17, 2016

  • Events @ RAND Audio Podcast

    Multimedia

    Police–Community Relations

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss new training and technologies that help foster a better relationship between police departments and the communities they are charged with protecting.

    May 5, 2016

  • Soldiers saluting

    Report

    Complete Results from Major Survey of U.S. Military Sexual Assault, Harassment Released

    In addition to validating the initial findings from the RAND Military Workplace Study published in December 2014, the final results reveal unprecedented detail about the frequency of criminal sexual assault against service members, the nature and context of those assaults, and how they differ for men and women in each branch of service.

    Apr 15, 2016

  • Security camera in a lobby

    Report

    The Role of Technology in Improving School Safety

    School violence can damage both kids' future outcomes and the culture and performance of the school. Safety technologies are one of many approaches to prevent and respond to the problem. What role might they play?

    Apr 14, 2016