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.
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.
Social media and social network analysis could help law enforcement monitor for safety threats, identify those at high risk for involvement in violence, and investigate crimes and crime networks. But computer security, privacy, and civil rights protections must be in place before using these tools.
The crime and violence rates in the two most populous cities in the Mississippi Delta region are significantly higher than in their surrounding areas. How are foundations funding crime and violence reduction in these areas?
The criminal-justice arena faces an abundance of information technology opportunities. However, those opportunities are hindered by barriers including a lack of business cases; a lack of implementation plans and procedures; and a lack of security, privacy, and civil-rights protections.
The Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse is a one-stop-shop for recruitment and retention issues in the law enforcement community. It makes information on staffing issues available via an easy-to-use searchable interface.
We want to hear from you! To ensure the Center focuses its work on timely, practical issues facing the police community, we invite feedback from law enforcement and other organizations. We are particularly interested in:
your suggestions for the Center's research agenda
your ideas about how the Center can better serve the research needs of the police community
challenges or problems facing your police department
promising strategies or practices you would like to share with us
your agency's willingness to partner with the Center on a research or evaluation project
We also welcome any general questions or comments about the Center. Send an email to CQP@rand.org. Please include your contact information.