The committee shall provide input, advice, and direction to the association, law enforcement practitioners, law enforcement researchers, and the criminal justice system on all aspects of law enforcement policy research and evaluation.
The committee will:
- Work toward the goal of establishing and sustaining effective research partnerships among law enforcement agencies and organizations and the research community. Special attention will be given to identifying examples that demonstrate the importance of such partnerships (especially with university based researchers) and to preparing intermittent reports to the field on law enforcement/research partnerships that are especially noteworthy.
- Prepare for the association an annual law enforcement research agenda.
- Develop strategies to improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to receive grants to support research included in that agenda.
- Review and provide advice on the law enforcement research activities of any local, county, state and federal levels.
- Support and/or help design educational sessions at IACP and other conferences on law enforcement research findings and impact.
The IACP established the Research Advisory Committee in 2003 to promote and support police based research in the U.S. and internationally. The RAC helps federal, state, county and local law enforcement identify key research issues, and conduct timely research, often through partnerships with academic researchers. The major goal of the committee is to develop a National Law Enforcement Research Agenda (NLERA) that will help local agencies prioritize major and emerging policing issues meriting further research.
The IACP Research Advisory Committee is working toward the goal of establishing and sustaining effective research partnerships for any law enforcement agencies in the United States.
2014 RAC Midyear Meeting
May 15-16, 2014
2014 RAC Annual Meeting
October 26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
(Room Location and Time TBD)
RELATIONSHIP TO THE IACP
The IACP’s principal policy research arm is the Research, Programs, and Professional Services Directorate (RPPS). The directorate works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), in addition to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (VAW) to partner on critical law enforcement program issues. The creation of the RAC was intended to provide the RPPS with strong academic and law enforcement guidance and input as new research efforts are designed and undertaken. John Firman, RPPS Director, serves as staff liaison to ensure continuity between the committee, the RPPS and the IACP.
Members represent a broad array of agencies and disciplines including:
- Local Law Enforcement
- County Sheriff
- County Police
- State Police/Highway Patrol
- Homeland Security
- Federal Law Enforcement
- Smaller Universities
- Midsize Universities
- Major Universities
- Police Planning and Research Units
- International Policing Organizations
- Domestic Violence Advocacy
Click here to view the RAC roster
EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT RESEARCH AWARD
Sponsored by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the IACP Research Advisory Committee has established a yearly research award to be given to a law enforcement agencies for research performed either with a research partner or exclusively by the agency. The purpose of the award is to promote innovative research in policing that ultimately enhances police performance and public safety. Follow the link below to apply for the 2014 Award, and to view past award recipients.
Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Program Page
Research in Brief
The IACP Research Advisory Committee has created this column which features evidence-based research summaries that highlight actionable recommendations for Police Chief magazine readers to consider within their own agencies. The goal of this column is to feature research that is innovative, credible, and relevant to a diverse law enforcement audience.
June 2012 Understanding the Intelligence Practices of State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies
National Law Enforment Research Agenda Publication
Law Enforcement Research Priorities for 2011 and Beyond Publication
For more information, contact John Firman, staff liaison.