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NIJ's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Civilians Program, Fiscal Year 2020

Closing Date
The Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Civilians program offers a unique opportunity for law enforcement civilians to partner with LEADS Scholars, Alumni, and Academics in an effort to use data-driven strategies and locally-tailored research to advance their agency’s mission. NIJ is piloting the addition of LEADS Civilians with the goal of strengthening the LEADS programs ability to advance evidence-based policing in the US. The most critical element of this program is that LEADS participants have the option of receiving technical assistance on projects (e.g., improving data collection and analysis, integrating existing research into policies and practices, designing research projects) of their own choosing. Participants are encouraged to pursue projects that directly respond to the priority needs of their agency. While in the program (a three-year commitment) LEADS participants will have access to researchers and program staff to support these efforts.

NIJ Funded Software Tools, Apps and Databases

NIJ has funded a number of free or low cost software tools, apps and databases to assist with investigations or research. Find tools for:

NIJ FY06 Modeling and Simulation Research and Development: Software for Improved Operations, Operational Modeling, Speech-to-Text Recognition, and Training Technologies

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NIJ is seeking concept papers on the following topics: 1. Software to improve the performance of law enforcement and corrections operations (e.g., resources allocation and command and control tools). 2. Immersive technologies for training of public safety officers. 3. Use of speech-to-text/text-to-speech recognition in public safety. 4. Model and analysis of criminal justice agencies’ operations, including police, corrections, or court operations or linkages between them.

Protecting Against Stress & Trauma: Research Lessons for Law Enforcement – Next Steps

October 2019
At this Research for the Real World seminar, NIJ brought together law enforcement practitioners and leading researchers in the field of stress to discuss the current research evidence and practical benefits of targeted stress-management interventions and how they can promote officer mental wellness. In addition, this gathering provided an exploration into what additional research is needed to best support officer health and wellness, potentially highlighting priority areas for future research.