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NCJ Number: 252271 Find in a Library
Title: Using Officer-Driven Research to Meet Policing Challenges
Author(s): Jason Potts
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: October 2018
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Factsheet; Instructional Material; Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After noting that many law enforcement policies and practices are based on traditions, experiences, and instincts indoctrinated in the police-academy and field-training programs, this paper describes ways in which research is being used to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police policies and practices.
Abstract: The author of this paper is a lieutenant with the Vallejo Police Department (California) and a participant in many organized efforts to increase the use of research in the development of policing policies and practices. He is a participant in the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars program, which has supported 40 research-oriented officers. He is also a board member of the newly formed American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), which is leading practitioner-driven efforts to support research from within the ranks of policing. The LEADS scholars and members of ASEBP are involved in research at their departments. This effort is intended to orient law enforcement agencies toward the institutionalization of research in local law enforcement efforts to improve the effectiveness of police policies and practices. The author describes his recent completion of a randomized controlled trial in partnership with BetaGov, a nonprofit organization that emphasizes practitioner-led research-based trials in police jurisdictions. This particular project determined that patrol cars equipped with automatic license plate readers had a 140-percent improvement in the detection of stolen cars compared with cars in which the readers were not operated. Other law enforcement agencies can replicate such research for comparison.
Main Term(s): Police research
Index Term(s): Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Research; NIJ Resources; Police effectiveness
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