Drugs, Policing & Criminal Justice

RAND Europe’s expert researchers work across international, European and national boundaries to support law enforcement, develop policies to reduce the use of drugs and growth of illicit markets, lower the likelihood of reoffending, and more.

Our extensive portfolio in drugs, policing and criminal justice provides evidence-based analysis to inform policymaking in these high-profile and often contested areas.

Featured Research

Selected Research

  • Hand raised to stop violence, photo by artit/Adobe Stock

    What factors facilitate witness reporting of intimate partner violence?

    To help European decision-makers improve the level of response to intimate partner violence, RAND Europe and Oxford Research are examining the factors which encourage witnesses of intimate partner violence to report to the police or other relevant authorities.

  • Young man drawing on canvas, photo by pressmaster/Adobe Stock

    Toolkit measures intermediate outcomes to reduce reoffending

    For most people, desistance from crime is a process, rather an event. Researchers produced a user-friendly questionnaire that can be used by those working with offenders to capture ‘intermediate outcomes’ — indicators of positive changes which may signal progress towards an offence-free future.

  • Filter cigarettes on a heap of loose tobacco, Photo by Maren Winter info@maren-winter.de/Adobe Stock

    Identifying an approach to measure the illicit market for tobacco

    Researchers are exploring how the illicit market for tobacco is currently measured, what data sources are available, and what additional data could improve the method. Their goal is to develop an independent methodology to measure the illicit market for tobacco.

  • Businessman and businesswoman discussing hanging paperwork in office

    Developing tools to assess research evidence for policymakers and practitioners

    Researchers developed recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

  • Reducing violent and antisocial behaviour at football events

    To help Qatar prepare for upcoming sporting events, researchers examined the nature of, and the factors associated with, antisocial and violent behaviour at football matches and how effective existing approaches are in preventing and responding to these behaviours.

  • Kits of supplies containing syringes, bandaids, and antiseptic pads in a safe injection site called Quai 9 near Geneva main train station, Switzerland, October 14, 2010

    Considering heroin-assisted treatment and supervised drug sites

    The US is undergoing an opioid crisis. One in eight adults reports having had a family member or close friend die from opioids. Two interventions that have been implemented in the UK and Germany are heroin-assisted treatment and supervised consumption sites. What does the evidence suggest about these programmes, and could they be implemented in the US?

  • British judge with gavel and justice scales

    Follow-up evaluation of the health and justice outcomes of L&D services

    The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned RAND Europe to undertake a second study on the UK's new model for Liaison and Diversion schemes. This study aims to investigate whether the new model has an impact on reconviction, the length of court processes, diversion from the criminal justice system, and the use of A&E and mental health services.

  • The word 'hate' on a keyboard

    Linking hate speech online and hate crime

    RAND and Cardiff University are analysing online hate speech data to see if it can be used to identify areas where offline hate crimes are most likely to occur. The research aims to inform strategies to prevent and address hate crimes.