National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform

Project Summary 

The primary goal of the National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform (Platform) is to provide law enforcement executives with actionable survey data to inform policy, procedure, and strategy. Internal officer, professional staff, and community/police-community interaction surveys allow agency decision-makers to assess their department from multiple perspectives. Data is provided near real-time, with agency data uploaded to the Policing Dashboards Site within five days after the survey closes. Agencies are also provided a written report within 10 business days. The Platform offers agencies an opportunity to benchmark their results against departments of similar size and geographic location.

 

Methodology 

The Platform currently uses three core internal surveys to provide agencies with actionable data. Survey topics for sworn and non-sworn personnel include safety and wellness, perceptions of the department and the community, and the impact of technology. The Platform also offers external community surveys in a variety of formats. These surveys measure the community’s perceptions of the department and police-community interactions. The Platform team also develops surveys in collaboration with or based on requests by participating agencies that focus on emerging policing issues, such as the Crisis Intervention Training survey and a family wellness survey.

The Platform team works with agency leadership to determine the most effective method(s) to distribute internal and community surveys. Results are made available to Platform participants through our online visualization tools and a written report sent to the agency’s point of contact. Benchmarking survey results are made available through the National Police Foundation’s Policing Dashboards Site.

 

Implications

The Platform is providing a source of valuable information to major, mid-size, and small departments. The growing community of Platform agencies are using survey data to inform their internal operations and their community outreach and engagement strategies.

 

Project Website

https://www.nationallawenforcementplatform.org

 

Publications

Multi-Agency Summary Report of Survey Results: Officer Safety & Wellness and the Impact of New Technology

5 Things You Need to Know From Agencies Participating in the National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform

 

Funding & Collaboration

The National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform was established with funding by the National Institute of Justice. Currently, the surveys are offered as a service to the field at a minimal fee.

The Platform is a collaborative effort between participating agencies (the Platform community) and the Platform’s advisory board, staff, and researchers. The Platform team’s goal is to provide surveys that are responsive to the interests and needs of the Platform community, are timely, and provide actionable data to inform policy, procedure and strategy.

The Platform team has partnered with the National Association of School Resource Officers and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to distribute the Crisis Intervention Training survey.

 

Point of Contact

Amanda Burstein
Interim Director, National Programs
National Police Foundation
aburstein@policefoundation.org
(202) 833-1645 Ext. 101

 

Keywords

Officer safety and wellness, internal procedural justice, technology, community, police-community interactions, benchmarking