Welcome to the Police Foundation


break-greyThe Police Foundation’s mission is to advance policing through innovation and science. It is the oldest nationally-known, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession – policing.

The Police Foundation has been on the cutting edge of police innovation for 45 years since it was established by the Ford Foundation as a result of the President’s Commission on the Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.

Advancing Policing Through Innovation and Science.

The Police Foundation is an independent, non-partisan and non-membership organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science.

More about what we do:

The Police Foundation has succeeded in conducting many short and long-term studies on behalf of, or with support from, federal, state and local entities, private entities and private philanthropies. Our studies have included social and behavioral science research and evaluations, using both traditional and non-traditional methods. The Police Foundation has also conducted numerous experimental studies including several randomized controlled trials. Our internal team of scientists and researchers coupled with our Executive, Policing, Research…

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Training Programs: The Police Foundation and its staff have successfully delivered training to a variety of policing and criminal justice organizations, with funding support from federal agencies and as part of the Police Foundation’s contribution to the policing community. The Police Foundation also routinely partners with other organizations, such as the International Association of Crime Analysts, to deliver basic and advanced training to specific audiences. Training delivered by the Police Foundation has covered a variety of topics, including crime analysis…

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Agency Assessments: The Police Foundation has provided independent agency assessment support to many agencies at the state and local level. Our assessments are comprehensive and data-driven, resulting in action-oriented recommendations.

Program Assessments & Evaluations: The Police Foundation has conducted program assessments and evaluations of agency programs and strategies, including preventative patrol, violence reduction, youth violence, educational levels in policing, immigration…

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Recent Publications


The Evidence-Based Policing Mobile App


microapp2The Police Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the Evidence-Based Policing mobile app, designed to promote the awareness, identification and use of evidence-based strategies by officers and others working in neighborhoods as opposed to an office. The app is now available on Android, iOS, and Windows devices. Join our mailing list to receive updates.


New Police Foundation Reports and Training Opportunities!