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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.