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

  • Analysing the Reduction in First Time Entrants to the UK Youth Justice System

    The number of youths from England and Wales first entering the criminal justice system changed significantly between 2003 and 2015. Although it is difficult to substantiate due to lack of data, the introduction of and subsequent changes in government policies and policing practices in England and Wales during that time frame were likely to be the main causes of changes.

Selected Research

  • Developing tools to assess research evidence for policymakers and practitioners

    10 Aug 2018

    Researchers are developing 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

    24 Jul 2018

    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.

  • Linking hate speech online and hate crime

    06 Jul 2018

    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.

  • Corruption in the UK

    24 Jan 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.

  • Using Ambulance Data to Understand Violent Crime

    09 Oct 2017

    A review of three years' worth of regional ambulance and police reports found that more than two-thirds of ambulance call-outs were not found in police data. Ambulance data is collected automatically and sharing it would be easily scalable.

  • Dark Web Enables Illegal Arms Trade in Europe

    20 Jul 2017

    The dark web is an enabler for the circulation of illegal weapons already on the black market, as well as a potential source of diversion for legally owned weapons. Although the arms trade is small in volume compared to other products trafficked online, its potential impact on international security is significant.

  • Comparing Criminal History Information Systems across Six Countries

    20 Apr 2017

    A comparison of the development and use of criminal history databases in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom may provide insights into accuracy, quality, timeliness, accessibility and integration that could lead to improvements in the US system, and possibly others.

  • EU Should Renew Current Action Plan on Drugs

    15 Mar 2017

    To ensure that the objectives of the EU Drugs Strategy are achieved by 2020, the European Commission should renew its EU Action Plan on Drugs for the period 2017–2020 and continue to translate the current plan's high-level objectives into concrete action.