Law Enforcement


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.

  • Pittsburgh Police stand with a group of Pitt students


    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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    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.

Explore Law Enforcement

  • Journal Article

    Police Use of Force: An Analysis of Organizational Characteristics

    Police use of force has become an important public policy concern and topic of research during the past few years.

    Dec 31, 2000

  • Commentary

    Get Real in Dealing With Homicides in Los Angeles

    Homicide in Los Angeles is on the rise again. Before accepting any of the canned explanations, we ought to take a closer look. Once we know what's really going on, we have a chance to design strategies that work.

    Dec 27, 2000

  • Journal Article

    Termination of Social Security Benefits Among Los Angeles Recipients Disabled by Substance Abuse

    Recipients of Social Security disability benefits with comorbid psychiatric problems lost benefits because they did not appeal or appeal was denied.

    Dec 31, 1998

  • Journal Article

    Drug Paraphernalia Laws and Injection-Related Infectious Disease Risk Among Drug Injectors

    Data suggest that decriminalizing syringes and needles would likely result in reductions in the behaviors that expose IDUs to blood borne viruses.

    Dec 31, 1998

  • Report

    A Queueing-Linear Programming Approach to Scheduling Police Patrol Cars

    We present a method -- using queueing theory and integer linear programming -- for scheduling patrol cars so that specified service standards are met at each hour of the day.

    Feb 28, 1975

  • Report

    The Criminal Investigation Process: Volume I: Summary and Policy Implications

    A capsule statement of the major findings and proposed reforms resulting from a two-year RAND study of police investigation of serious reported crimes.

    Dec 31, 1974

  • Report

    Aids to Decisionmaking in Police Patrol

    Overview of major findings of a study of aids to police patrol decisionmaking.

    Dec 31, 1970

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    Some Caveats on the Contribution of Technology to Law Enforcement

    Research and development in newer and better technological aids and techniques for law enforcement is desirable, but caution and adequate safeguards are needed to ensure that technology is not misused to create an oppressive police state.

    Apr 1, 1967

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    Thomas F. Atkin

    Adjunct Management Scientist
    Education M.S. in management science, University of Miami; B.S. in mathematical science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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    Annie Brothers

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in data science, Northwestern University; B.A. in Russian, political science, Grinnell College

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    Meagan Cahill

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in geography, The University of Arizona; BA in geography, Mary Washington College

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    Phillip Carter

    Director, Personnel & Resources Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education J.D. in law, UCLA School of Law; B.A. in political science, UCLA

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    Lois M. Davis

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public health, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Emma Disley

    Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy, RAND Europe
    Education Ph.D. and M.Sc. in criminology, University of Oxford; L.L.B. in law, University of Manchester

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    Dic Donohue

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; M.A. in criminal justice, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; M.A. in international tourism, University of Limerick; B.A. in history, Virginia Military Institute

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    Bob Harrison

    Adjunct International/Defense Researcher
    Education P.G. Dipl. in strategic studies, Oxford University; M.S. in management, California Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.S. in human resource management & organization development, Chapman University

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    John S. Hollywood

    Senior Operations Researcher; Policing Market Manager
    Education Ph.D. in operations research, MIT; B.S. in applied mathematics, MIT

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    Priscillia Hunt

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Warwick (UK); M.A. in economics, University of Connecticut; B.A. in international commerce, L'Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Montpellier (France); B.A. in international business, Texas Tech University

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    Tom LaTourrette

    Senior Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in geology, California Institute of Technology; B.A. in geology, University of California, Berkeley

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    Melissa Marie Labriola

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, City College of New York; M.A. in sociology, George Washington University; B.A. in social relations, Michigan State University