Quality Policing Research on Best Practices


How should police allocate scarce resources to improve effectiveness and enhance community satisfaction? Past research has largely ignored the costs associated with policing. But when evaluating options to make improvements, decisionmakers must not overlook the expense involved, as well as the likely effectiveness in the community being served.

For example, how should local police departments deal with the issue of violent crime? Hire more police officers? Pay current officers overtime to concentrate operations in problem areas? Train officers in problem-solving techniques? Or develop collaborations with community organizations that can help shoulder the response? The right policy decision will factor in the ratio of costs to benefits.

Research goals

CQP will develop training programs and guides for police organizations aimed at helping them make the greatest gains in performance as cost-effectively as possible. These materials will address significant policing challenges, such as suppressing violence, recruiting officers, allocating and deploying patrols, managing work schedules, and conducting investigations.

CQP's work in this area will also provide useful information to local, state, and federal policymakers charged with allocating funds for law enforcement agencies.