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.

  • Gun Violence

    Interactive Map: Seeking Common Ground in Gun Policy Debates

    Feb 1, 2018

    As part of the Gun Policy in America initiative, RAND surveyed experts with diverse views on how gun policies might affect outcomes, such as violent crime, suicide, and participation in hunting and sport shooting. This tool allows you to explore where these experts agree and disagree and what combinations of laws might offer the potential for compromise on all sides.

  • Law Enforcement

    Siren Song: How Ambulance Data Could Help Police Forces in England and Wales

    Jan 29, 2018

    Ambulance data is a new form of intelligence which may have value for violence prevention or reduction activities. Police forces can use this data to help identify violent crime that goes unreported to police, and aid problem-solving activities to reduce and prevent violence.

  • White Collar Crime

    Corruption in the UK

    Jan 24, 2018

    The UK government published a new anti-corruption strategy published in December 2017. At the request of the Home Office, RAND Europe is reviewing existing research on corruption and highlighting evidence gaps within it to help inform future research and policy initiatives.

  • Cybercrime

    Final Report on the Law Enforcement Cyber Center

    Jan 15, 2018

    The Law Enforcement Cyber Center was established by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in October 2014 to help state and local law enforcement better combat cybercrime, and was completed in in September 2017. It served as an online portal and a clearinghouse of information, directing users to existing resources developed and managed by subject-matter experts, professional organizations, and government agencies.