Welcome to the RAND Center on Quality Policing
Research For Action
The RAND Center on Quality Policing (CQP) provides research and analysis on contemporary police practice and policy. By determining what practices are most cost-effective and results-oriented, the Center's work helps law enforcement agencies across the United States make better operational decisions and consistently perform at their best.
Today's police forces confront tough issues, including:
- identifying the best ways to spend policing dollars
- recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce
- defining what it means to police effectively and then evaluating performance
- improving police-community relations, such as through community policing
- preventing racial profiling
- reducing community violence
- sharing intelligence within and across agencies
- choosing the safest non-lethal weapons
Research done at the Center focuses on four interrelated areas-best practices, performance measurement, use of technology, and force planning-to deliver results that help departments solve these and other problems.
The Center is part of the Justice Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.
RAND is exploring the use of simulation-based training for law enforcement, emergency responders, and others, with projects that are evaluating technology solutions, integrating training simulators, and developing new virtual systems for training.
A disproportionate number of individuals with serious mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system. At a RAND-convened workshop, experts identified the high-priority for managing those individuals in corrections, and how to achieve better outcomes.
Crime and Violence Prevention
Football-related violence is not going away. It is therefore more important than ever that police and football authorities have evidence on what strategies work and that they share best practices with each other.
Researchers developed recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.