Every year, NIJ supports 30 midcareer, research-minded law enforcement professionals to take part in professional development and travel opportunities, network, and contribute to the policing and research communities through the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars program. The LEADS scholars are both practitioners and researchers. They work in the field while simultaneously striving to evaluate and improve the work done in their departments. At NIJ, we call them “pracademics.” They embody NIJ’s goal of delivering rigorous and thoughtful police science to the field.
Perspectives on Research and Evidence-Based Policing collects the writings of LEADS scholars to demonstrate the impact of EBP across individual agencies. LEADS scholars are encouraged to implement and advocate for evidence-based policies and practices in their departments. Their enthusiasm for using data to drive practice is apparent in the research they conduct and the writing they produce.
We have begun releasing articles in this collection as they are ready and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Read:
- How Do We Know It Works? Conducting a Rapid Research Police Experiment To Test the Effectiveness of Flashing Police Lights on Auto Crime, by Lt. Jason Potts, Vallejo (CA) Police Department
- The IMPACTT of a Patrol Officer: Evaluating Productivity Metrics, by Officer Luke Bonkiewicz, Lincoln (NE) Police Department
- Recruiting and Retaining Women Police Officers – The Message Your Organization Sends Matters, Capt. Ken Clary, Iowa State Patrol
- The Importance of Management in Evidence-Based Policing, Captain Tara Coffey, New York City Police Department
- Effect of High-Visibility Enforcement on Motor Vehicle Crashes , Sgt. James Williams, Metro Nashville Police Department
- Police Research — An Important Tool for Police, Often Underutilized, Chief Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.