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.

  • Silhouettes of police and other people, photo by wildpixel/Getty Images

    How to Transform Policing

    Jul 9, 2020

    The killing of George Floyd and other abuses of power have brought about growing calls to alter how we conduct public safety and, more broadly, criminal justice in America. Evidence shows there is substantial room for improvement.

Responding to the Death of George Floyd

  • A Statement by Michael D. Rich

    Jun 3, 2020

    Everyone must do more to eliminate racial inequities. At RAND, we will contribute by continuously strengthening our research and analysis on health, education, justice, security, and well-being. We must examine where these areas intersect, listen more to voices that are too often underrepresented, and integrate the historical and structural contexts in which policies have been developed and applied.

Read the full statement Read a special edition of the Center for Quality Policing Newsletter

COVID-19 and Policing

Bulletins For Practitioners

Bulletins For Technology Developers and Acquisition Personnel

Bulletins For Budgeters and Planners

Policing Practice

  • Police continue their patrols as officials begin what they are calling a slow and methodical clean-up and removal of a large homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River Trail in Anaheim, California, January 22, 2018, photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

    The Law Enforcement Response to Homelessness

    Aug 25, 2020

    To better understand the potential challenges of the law enforcement response to homelessness, this workshop of practitioners and researchers discussed current law enforcement responses and identified the highest-priority needs to support and improve existing efforts.

Technologies

  • A man using wearable sensor technology, photo by Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

    Law Enforcement Could Benefit from Wearable Sensor Technology

    Nov 2, 2020

    Wearable sensor technology devices are not yet developed for law enforcement purposes, but they have potential to equip agencies with data to improve officer safety, health, and well-being. Now is the time for law enforcement to participate in the development process.

Policy and Budgeting

  • Camden County Police officers patrol on the streets of Camden, New Jersey, amid nationwide protests in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, June 11, 2020, photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Reuters

    Would Law Enforcement Leaders Support Defunding the Police?

    Aug 20, 2020

    Police have expressed frustration with being expected to handle complex social problems such as homelessness and substance use. Budgeting less money for police and more for other public safety strategies might appeal to law enforcement if these efforts relieve some of the unrealistic expectations on them.