Welcome to the RAND Center for Quality Policing

The RAND Center for Quality Policing (CQP) provides research and analysis to improve the practices, policies, and technologies used in policing. Our findings are of interest to police at all levels, law enforcement technology developers, law enforcement policymakers and funders, and the general public. CQP is part of the Justice Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

Police-Community Relations

  • A Toolkit for Community-Police Dialogue

    Most efforts to improve community-police relations end up being ad hoc, are led by a few officers or motivated community members, and tend to be abandoned over time. A new guide can help communities implement a structured community-police dialogue that could lead to more productive relationships.

    Nov 27, 2023

Bulletins For Practitioners

Bulletins For Technology Developers and Acquisition Personnel

Bulletins For Budgeters and Planners


Policing Practice

  • Research Road Map to Reduce Police Killings

    Preventing killings committed by police will require research funding, research-practitioner partnerships with police agencies and unions, and standardized data collection. Research should focus on training, policies, technology, consequences for officers, and foundational issues such as racial inequities.

    May 18, 2022

School-Based Policing

  • New Evidence on School-Based Policing Across the U.S.

    U.S. public school students increasingly attend schools with law enforcement officers. Having resource officers present reduces some forms of violence, but does not prevent gun-related incidents; their presence also intensifies the use of suspension, expulsion, police referral, and arrest of students.

    Sep 11, 2023

Mass Attacks

  • The Mass Attacks Defense Toolkit

    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.

    May 31, 2022