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As one arm of the criminal justice system, law enforcement is responsible for maintaining social and public order. RAND research is relevant to many issues affecting law enforcement agencies in the United States, with a focus on public safety, quality policing and community policing, and the recruitment and retention of quality officers.

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    Article

    Helping Police Find Better Strategies to Fight Crime

    Dec 14, 2018

    Which policing strategies are the most effective? A new RAND toolkit aims to help law enforcement agencies identify the best approach for the situation, and the key steps to success.

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    Report

    How Police Could Use Social Media and Social Network Analysis

    Jul 18, 2018

    Social media and social network analysis could help law enforcement monitor for safety threats, identify those at high risk for involvement in violence, and investigate crimes and crime networks. But computer security, privacy, and civil rights protections must be in place before using these tools.

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  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Assessing Mexico's Narco-Violence

    Drug-related violence in Mexico has more than doubled over the past 18 months, with a sharp increase in crimes that can only be understood as atrocities. The executions, assassinations, and decapitations may all seem wanton and senseless. But this violence actually has a purpose, write Benjamin Bahney and Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    May 14, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Opposing View: Keep Arms Off Ships

    Does the provision of private security contractors provide a viable solution to the growing problem of piracy off the Horn of Africa? Quite apart from the high cost — a robust security operation can run as much as $21,000 a day — employing security contractors poses problems on several fronts, writes Peter Chalk.

    May 4, 2009

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    Testimony

    Summary of the RAND Report on NYPD's Stop, Question, and Frisk

    In testimony presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Civil Rights, Greg Ridgeway summarizes the analysis of data on the 500,000 pedestrian stops made by NYPD officers in 2006.

    Apr 29, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    U.S.-Mexico Strategic Partnership Needed to Help Mexico Improve Its Security Institutions

    The United States should forge a strategic partnership with Mexico that emphasizes reform and long-term institution building as a way to battle the ongoing drug war and other security challenges that face Mexico.

    Apr 20, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Helping the Los Angeles Police Department Recruit Efficiently

    To help the Los Angeles Police Department achieve its recruiting and diversity goals, RAND researchers offered ways to improve productivity and efficiency in the recruiting process. They identified potential untapped recruiting markets, provided a model of viable candidates to target recruitment and prioritize applicants while still reaching diversity hiring goals, and recommended ways to improve background-investigation processes.

    Apr 9, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Justification and Options for Creating A U.S. Stability Police Force

    Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force.

    Mar 25, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Understanding Forfeitures: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Law Enforcement Funding and High Asset Forfeiture

    The Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF) administers the forfeitures that result from the prosecution of criminal enterprises - such as drug cartels, terrorist organizations, and individual embezzlers - can be used to fund future investigations. TEOAF commissioned RAND to examine such funding and forfeiture outcomes.

    Mar 18, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Could Mexico Fail?

    The lawlessness along the Mexican border has gone way beyond a local crime wave: there has been a dramatic increase in armed robberies, not by lone gunmen but by heavily armed gangs. Kidnappings and homicides are way up—and not just murders but beheadings.... It is starting to look like a terrorist campaign, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

    Feb 13, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Oversight of the Liberian National Police

    The Liberian National Police (LNP) will become the chief provider of security in Liberia as the United Nations Mission in Liberia is reduced. Given the LNP's capabilities and complexity, its past manipulation by former President Charles Taylor, and a pattern of police misconduct in much of Africa, the question of oversight is critical.

    Feb 6, 2009

  • News Release

    News Release

    Methamphetamine Use Estimated to Cost the U.S. About $23 Billion In 2005

    The economic cost of methamphetamine use in the United States reached $23.4 billion in 2005, including the burden of addiction, premature death, drug treatment and many other aspects of the drug.

    Feb 4, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Methamphetamine Use Estimated to Cost the U.S. About $23 Billion in 2005

    The economic cost of methamphetamine use in the United States reached $23.4 billion in 2005, including the burden of addiction, premature death, drug treatment and many other aspects of the drug.

    Jan 27, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    The Challenge of Domestic Intelligence in a Free Society

    Whether U.S. terrorism-prevention efforts match the threat continues to be central in policy debate. Part of this debate is whether the United States needs a dedicated domestic counterterrorism intelligence agency. To inform future policy decisionmaking, this book examines, from a variety of perspectives, the policy proposal that such an agency be created.

    Jan 19, 2009

  • Report

    Police-Community Relations in Cincinnati: Year Four Evaluation Report

    In 2002, the Cincinnati Police Department and the ACLU joined together to review police-community relations. This report finds that CPD is not the same as the department that policed Cincinnati in 2001. With crime reduced and no evidence of racial bias at traffic stops, there is still room for improvement with community relations.

    Jan 16, 2009

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    Report

    Organized Crime Is Increasingly Active in Film Piracy; Three Cases Link Terrorists to Piracy Profits

    Organized crime increasingly is involved in the piracy of feature films, with syndicates active along the entire supply chain from manufacture to street sales. While crime syndicates have added piracy to their criminal portfolios, the profits from film piracy also have been used on occasion to support the activities of terrorist groups.

    Jan 14, 2009

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Securing Afghanistan: Getting on Track

    Examines the security environment in Afghanistan, assesses the programs put in place to address these threats, identifies existing gaps, and offers possible solutions.

    Dec 31, 2008

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Mobile Technology and Action Teams: Assessing Blackberry Use in Law Enforcement Units

    This research explores the effectiveness of mobile wireless information and communication technologies for law enforcement teams.

    Dec 31, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Better Efforts Needed to Track, Prevent Career-Ending Injuries Among Public Safety Workers

    Non-fatal injuries to police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety workers are common, but little is done to track these incidents in order to improve prevention efforts.

    Nov 17, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    Easing Restrictions on Deliveries to Postal Mailboxes Could Hurt Efforts to Keep Mail Safe

    Allowing private courier services to deliver items into mailboxes could hamper efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to safeguard the nation's mail.

    Oct 23, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    Strategies Suggested to Address San Diego Police Officer Recruiting Shortage

    The San Diego Police Department can help reduce an officer recruiting shortfall by making its recruiting materials more welcoming and leveraging its entire workforce to recruit new officers.

    Sep 24, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Reinforcing the Thin Blue Line: Improving Recruitment for the San Diego Police Department

    This research brief summarizes an assessment of recruiting in the San Diego Police Department, recommending that the department target a wider range of applicants, make applicant screening more efficient, and strengthen recruiting teams.

    Sep 14, 2008