IACP Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award

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IACP Leadership in Law Enforcement Research Award

The IACP 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.

Applications are now closed

The goal of this award is to promote the establishment of effective partnerships among law enforcement agencies and researchers.

For further information, contact awards@theiacp.org.

2019 Winner

Gulfport, Mississippi, Police Department

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of Gulfport, Mississippi, the Gulfport Police Department (GPD) has experienced recruitment challenges. GPD began questioning how the agency would sustain its workforce and called for a more proactive and studied approach to recruitment. GPD initiated a partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Criminal Justice to examine officer recruitment and retention. Meetings were held and designed to strengthen researcher-practitioner partnerships between the university and local police leaders. The goal was to infuse the university’s criminal justice program with officers within the courses. Conversely, students from the university participated in newly formed internships and job-shadowing experiences, which allowed students and police officers to form professional relationships for a realistic job preview. The GPD and USM quickly developed a “clinical partnership” where students could see the material they were studying come to life in the form of policy and process. The students gained mentors and GPD command staff gained an advocate as USM referred students who could assist with research and evaluation.

2018 Winner

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department (CMPD) and the University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy closely coordinated for three years to build and deploy the first data-driven Early Intervention System for police officers. Connected through the White House Police Data Initiative, an effort to bring together law enforcement and technologist to use data to improve policing, CMPD provided data, subject-matter expertise, and web development, while  provided machine-learning expertise. This project demonstrated a sophisticated use of data, science, and technology while addressing one of the most difficult problems for law enforcement – identifying and correcting problems in performance before they occur.

2017 Winner

Arlington, Texas, Police Department

The Arlington Police Department and the Walmart Corporation, collaborated to form a new initiative called, The Walmart Restorative Justice Program. As overall crime rates in Arlington, Texas decreased annually from 2010 to 2014, some specific areas increased. Theft was on the increase and a large portion included the number of shoplifting occurrences at the three Walmart stores within Arlington. To affect the crime trend, from a public/private approach, Assistant Chief Kolbye engaged Walmart Corporation and collectively initiated and implemented a multifaceted plan of action that would change both the police department’s and Walmart’s philosophy on crime prevention. The “Walmart Restorative Justice Initiative” focused on rehabilitation and improving long-term behavior of offenders to reduce recidivism rates. This program was so successful that is has been implemented in over 1,000 other Walmart stores and continues to grow. Thus, creating a blueprint for other law enforcement agencies to use as they partner with Walmart to address the shared concerns of excessive resource hours and time spent on calls for service.





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