Research Advisory Committee



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.





IACP 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 IACP  with strong academic and law enforcement guidance and input as new research efforts are designed and undertaken.  

 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





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 2016 Award, and to view past award recipients.


Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Program Page


Research in Brief


The IACP Research Advisory Committee is proud to present the “Research in Brief” (RIB) column in IACP’s monthly Police Chief magazine. RIBS are concisely written one-page summaries of research on a variety of critical law enforcement-related topics, and each RIB includes practical action agendas to help law enforcement leaders apply the research to improve their operations. The goal of each RIB is to feature research that is innovative, credible, and relevant to a diverse law enforcement audience. You can access all archived RIB’S on the IACP website at


Related Links:

IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy

Establishing and Sustaining Law Enforcement -Research Partnerships Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders

Establishing and Sustaining Law Enforcement -Research Partnerships Guide for Researchers

National Law Enforcement Research Agenda Publication

Law Enforcement Research Priorities for 2011 and Beyond Publication


For more information, contact Amanda Burstein, staff liaison.