Center for Police Research and Policy

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/University of Cincinnati (UC) Center for Police Research and Policy will engage in rigorous research that has practical implications for the field and is intended to serve as a national model for the way law enforcement agencies and researchers work together to help protect communities, safeguard citizens’ rights, and ensure the fair treatment of all individuals. There is currently a gap between research and practice, and the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy will play an important role in closing that gap. Often times existing research does not provide actionable recommendations that can be easily translated into specific, practical policies and practices that could enhance policing. Moreover, academic researchers often do not have access to all the data that police departments have that is necessary to conduct rigorous and meaningful research on police practices. The goal of the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy is to provide a path for law enforcement and researchers to work together on studies that will drive future practices and policies. 

During the first three years of operation the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy will: 

• Create and disseminate a national policy for conducting police research and police/researcher collaborations 

• Launch at least three research projects, using rigorous methodology such as randomized controlled trials, targeting urgent policing issues 

• Translate existing research on three issues that impact law enforcement policy and practice. 

The University of Cincinnati will provide state-of-the art facilities to host training sessions, convene workshops, and offer hands-on learning opportunities as it models police-academic partnerships in action and disseminates findings through e-learning modules.


The IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy is seeking progressive, research-oriented law enforcement agencies willing to be active participants in research projects - one evaluating the effectiveness/outcomes of de-escalation training and another evaluating the effectiveness/outcomes of implicit bias training. If your agency is planning on conducting training in either of these areas - we want to work with you. 

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Dr. Robin Engel, Director, IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy discusses the goals of the Center and the partnership between IACP and the  University of Cincinnati at IACP's 2016 Annual Conference and Expo held in San Diego, CA.

Watch the interview.




In January, the University of Chicago Crime Lab released a report, Gun Violence in Chicago, 2016. The report draws on data from the Chicago Police Department and other sources to examine Chicago's increase in gun violence last year and considers what made 2016 such a violent year.

See full report.

With a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Institute for Community-Police Relations of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has collaborated with researchers from George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy to create an evidence-based Blueprint for 21st Century Policing. The research team was charged with reviewing existing research knowledge about those Task Force recommendations relevant to state and local law enforcement, highlighting promising efforts based on research knowledge, and identifying issues that need more research and testing. 

See full report.



For more information about Center for Police Research and Policy email Amanda Burstein