August 2016

Research in law enforcement allows both the police and the public to gain an objective look at what works, what can be done better, and what needs to change in order for law enforcement to best fulfill its responsibilities. Research on issues (e.g., police-involved shootings) and new technologies (e.g., body-worn cameras) can be used to elevate the current status quo, inform best practices, and provide guidance for law enforcement as it moves forward. In addition, as the demand for transparency continues to rise, research and evidence-based policing can provide valuable data for all stakeholders.


  • Building Better Early Intervention Systems

    A few years ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department?s (CMPD?s) Early Intervention System (EIS) flagged an officer who had been involved in an unusually high number of inciden...

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  • Fatal Shootings by U.S. Police Officers in 2015: A Bird’s Eye View

    Do the police exhibit bias when deciding to shoot? Experimental studies have yielded mixed evidence, and, until last year, there was no reliable national-level data pertaining to citizens killed by po...

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  • Employing Near-Repeat Patterns for Community-Driven Crime Prevention

    A major challenge of crime prevention in policing is the need to ?anticipate the place and time of occurrence.?1 Modern policing tactics have focused on the need to better focus limited resources with...

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  • Accessing the Evidence in Policing: Six Helpful Websites

    One of the key assumptions of the evidence-based policing movement is that police will be inclined to adopt a research-informed approach to policing practices if they access, read, and digest what the...

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  • Knowledge Is Power - Using Technology to Gain Forensic Intelligence

    Forensic intelligence can be derived from the accurate and timely processing of forensic case data across numerous investigations or various disciplines. The results of forensic analysis can be used j...

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  • Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program

    Drug users and sex workers frequently cycle through the criminal justice system in what is sometimes referred to as a ?revolving door.?1 On balance, the traditional approach of incarceration and prose...

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  • Technology in Policing: The Case for Body-Worn Cameras and Digital Evidence

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  • Strengthening Policing Science at the National Institute of Justice

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