IACP/The Laura and John Arnold Foundation Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award

The IACP/Laura and John Arnold Foundation Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in conducting and using research to improve police operations and public safety. The goal of this award program is to promote the establishment of effective partnerships among law enforcement agencies and researchers.

The award program is overseen by IACP's Research Advisory Committee and is open to all federal, state, county, local, tribal, campus and other law enforcement agencies worldwide (private corporations or individuals excluded). Agencies wishing to be considered for this award need to submit an application, including a description of their research and its impact on the agency, community, and/or the profession of law enforcement. 

The award recipient, will be invited to attend the IACP Annual Conference where the individual will be honored during IACP's Annual Banquet. Travel expenses (airfare up to $500) to the Annual Conference, the cost of one registration, and three nights' stay at a designated hotel are provided to the award recipient.

Deadline Date: CLOSED

Application:  2017 Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award Application

2016 Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Winners

GOLD - The City of Redlands, California Police Department

From Left to Right: Chief John King, Provo (UT) Police Department, Laurie Robinson, Associate Professor at George Mason University, Chief Mark Garcia, City of Redlands (CA) Police Department, and IACP's First Vice President, Chief Louis Dekmar, LaGrange (GA) Public Safety


The City of Redlands, California Police Department has been awarded the Gold Award for their research entitled Translating “Near Repeat” Theory Into a Geospatial Policing Strategy: A Randomized Experiment Testing a Theoretically Informed Strategy for Preventing Residential Burglary.  Their research used a randomized controlled trial to test whether quickly notifying community residents that they are at an increased risk for a burglary and providing them with burglary prevention tips reduces incidents of further burglary in the high-risk time period.  This research was the first systematic test of a policing strategy designed to disrupt the near-repeat pattern of residential burglary.  The City of Redlands Police Department engaged the community in the co-production of public safety.  Although the results suggested that the treatment did not reduce burglary, the project impacted the community in a positive way by making them more aware of crime in their neighborhood and causing them to be more vigilant about locking doors and windows, watching out for their neighbors, and being more likely to report a burglary to the police. 


SILVER - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been awarded the Silver Award for their research entitled Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth.  Their research shined a spotlight directly on a disturbing crime trend which was rarely publicized.  The data collected from this research helped expose a flaw in the system and helped make the response to human sex trafficking much stronger, more efficient, and more effective in the state of Tennessee.  The state had several positive results in prosecuting offenders employing the new human trafficking laws because of this research.  Based on the need for action identified through this research, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation established a full time statewide human trafficking unit.  


BRONZE - Tallahassee, Florida Police Department

The Tallahassee Police Department has been awarded the Bronze Award for their research entitled Pre-Arrest Diversion Program.  The Program is a partnership between the department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office that diverts first-time misdemeanor offenders directly to a local behavioral health agency for intervention services.  Participants who successfully completed the program avoid having an arrest record, as well as the life-long consequences that are associated with an arrest record.  The intervention services provided by a Tallahassee-based behavioral health agency address criminogenic and substance abuse behaviors in order to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.  The research utilized evidence-based intervention services that have significantly influenced recidivism rates for program participants.  


Past Recipients:

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners


Related Links:

Research Advisory Committee

For further information, contact awards@theiacp.org