Public Order


As one arm of the criminal justice system, law enforcement is responsible for maintaining social and public order. RAND research is relevant to many issues affecting law enforcement agencies in the United States, with a focus on public safety, quality policing and community policing, and the recruitment and retention of quality officers.

  • Chicago Police officers attend a news conference held by Superintendent Eddie Johnson announcing the department's plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers in Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2016, photo by Jim Young/Reuters


    Pitfalls of Predictive Policing

    Oct 11, 2016

    The Chicago Police Department's predictive policing program didn't work. To achieve even a 5 percent drop in the city's homicide rate, enormous leaps in both prediction and intervention effectiveness are necessary.

  • Body worn cameras are being trialed by officers in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, photo by West Midlands Police/CC BY-SA 2.0


    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    May 31, 2016

    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.

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