National Police Foundation Selected to Conduct New Experiments in Police Practices

The National Police Foundation has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct a scientific study of two critical areas of police practice, police stops in violent crime hot spots and eyewitness field identification or “show up” accuracy.

The Police Foundation and George Mason University will conduct a randomized control trial to test the idea that stops can be conducted in such a way that reduces crime and that can be implemented effectively, legally, and without alienating the community.

The Police Foundation will also conduct a lab study replication of the findings of a previous study on confidence and accuracy in eyewitness identification using show-ups; a field study testing the same question as part of actual police eyewitness procedures; and a survey of current practices in eyewitness identification that will help update our knowledge of changes in the field related to eyewitness identification practices and the extent to which these are evidence-based.

Both studies will benefit from the experience of the Foundation’s in-house research scientists, who have a long history of conducting scientific experiments to advance policing including studies focused on patrol practices, use of force, shift lengths and crime reduction strategies. For more information on our research see our Project Page and Publications.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Please allow some time for your comment to be reviewed prior to posting.

COMING SOON!
New Police Foundation Reports and Training Opportunities!