Research | National Police Foundation

Traditional Research

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 and International Fellows provides the Foundation with the capacity to administer and complete basic research and evaluation as well as complex experiments. The Police Foundation also leverages its partner alliances with highly accomplished institutions and organizations, such as Cambridge University, Temple University and George Mason University. A listing of current and selected past projects can be found here.


Applied Research

The Police Foundation has successfully worked with local law enforcement agencies as well as local and state governments to conduct applied research and evaluations, helping these agencies confront complex crime and policing problems or concerns and providing agencies with reviews of evidence-based strategies that could be leveraged to improve responses to particular problems. The Police Foundation has also assisted in conducting evaluability assessments and in planning and conducting process evaluations in support of implementation efforts.


Research, Development, Testing

The Police Foundation has engaged with a variety of organizations that are interested in or are developing new technologies and approaches that can improve policing and crime reduction. These engagements are established to assist entities in understanding the needs and use cases of the law enforcement community, assessing and potentially testing the technology’s impact in prototype or pilot phases, and exploring potential innovations in the use of such technologies or its variations. Examples of technologies at the center of these engagements include unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), sensor technologies, virtual reality, information technologies and analytics, and more.


Futures & Innovation

The Police Foundation maintains a strong interest and presence in policing futures and innovation circles. Police Foundation executive staff participate in the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Law Enforcement Forecasting Group and independent futures networks. The Police Foundation also maintains an innovations portfolio, identifying new and emerging trends and opportunities and maintaining an Innovation Fellows program. By engaging in futures and innovation, the Police Foundation is optimally prepared to bring cutting edge approaches to its work and to prepare the agencies it works with for future changes and developments that may impact policing, including innovative approaches to traditional and non-traditional challenges.