Research in Brief: Striking a Balance: Research, Science, and Policing

Expectations that policing will be evidence-based and scientific have increased significantly in recent years. The logic behind this trend is undeniable—no government agency should use practices that are ineffective, and law enforcement agencies, in particular, should adopt strategies, tactics, and policies that achieve the most good and cause the least harm.

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For police agencies, a major technology acquisition can be a change agent that elevates operations while building trust within communities. But when police technology choices are not sufficiently inte...
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Police use of deadly force is undeniably one of the most serious of all governmental acts. That said, this action is legally permissible in the United States in order to save a life, including that of...
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Every day, law enforcement agencies rely upon detailed crime incident data to make tactical and operational decisions about how best to deploy resources and combat crime in their communities. These sa...
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Prevention of the unintentional discharge (UD) of firearms is a goal that all law enforcement agencies strive toward. A UD is an “activation of the trigger mechanism that results in an unplanned dis...
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Although the evidence-based policing movement has gained traction, many of the policies and practices U.S. law enforcement employ are still based on dogma and tradition, rather than research. As a res...
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Although the exploitation of human beings is centuries old, the term “sex trafficking” has only recently received widespread attention. Scholars have probed the nature of these offenses in hopes o...
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It is routinely acknowledged that first-line supervisors perform a variety of duties critical to the success of law enforcement organizations. Tasked with balancing the expectations of upper-level man...
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program publishes annual data on law enforcement fatalities in the United States based on submis...
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Patrol officers are expected to fulfill a wide range of functions, including preventing crime, helping victims and others in danger, resolving conflicts between parties, managing the movement of peopl...
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A number of high-profile deadly force encounters over the past couple of years have sent a shockwave of anti-police rhetoric across the United States. The resulting tension has caused some officers to...