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.

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    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.

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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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    Andrew Lauland

    Senior International/Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy/admin/analysis, Harvard University; B.A. in economics, Georgetown University

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    Douglas C. Ligor

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law; B.S. in economics, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    Nelson Lim

    Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Gregory Midgette

    Adjunct Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P. in public policy analysis, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in finance, University of Connecticut

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    Andrew R. Morral

    Senior Behavioral Scientist, Director of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, New School for Social Research

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    Thao (Liz) Nguyen

    Physical Scientist
    Education B.S. in chemistry, Lafayette College; Ph. D. in chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park

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    Robert C. Parker

    Adjunct Staff
    Education BS in management w/honors, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; MA in national security & strategic studies, U.S. Naval War College

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    Samuel Peterson

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati

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    K. Jack Riley

    Vice President, RAND National Security Research Division; Director, RAND National Defense Research Institute
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in economics and Russian, University of Michigan

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    Terry L. Schell

    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in psychology, Reed College

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    Matt Strawn

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology, University of Idaho; B.S. in psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho

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    Elina Treyger

    Political Scientist
    Education J.D. in law, Harvard University; Ph.D. in political science, Harvard University; B.A. in college scholar, Cornell University

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    Lisa Wagner

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in psychology, American University; M.S. in justice, law, and society, American University