Homeland Security and Public Safety


RAND conducts analyses and makes recommendations to strengthen the U.S. Department of Homeland Security across its full set of missions to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage America's borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, and strengthen preparedness and resilience. In the area of public safety, RAND research addresses drug policy, crime, prison reform, and prisoner reentry, and other topics.

  • Memorial crosses for the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 26, 2022, photo by Veronica G. Cardenas/Reuters


    The Gun Laws That Work, and the Gun Laws That Don't

    May 27, 2022

    Are certain gun laws and regulations likely to improve or worsen public safety? At a time when many Americans are searching for solutions to the country's intolerably high rates of gun violence, social scientists can help provide answers.

  • A woman evacuates with her dog in her arms as local residents are escorted by police to safety at the scene of a reported shooting near Edmund Burke Middle School in Washington, D.C., April 22, 2022, photo by Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters


    The Mass Attacks Defense Toolkit

    May 31, 2022

    After studying 600 mass attack events and plots, interviewing dozens of experts, and reviewing hundreds of references, researchers provide a toolkit that organizes important tips that reduce the likelihood and casualties of mass shootings and other deadly attacks.

Explore Homeland Security and Public Safety