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National Institute of Justice's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Programs

Read the LEADS Strategic Plan
Date Published
January 1, 2018

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Programs are designed to increase the research capabilities of law enforcement officers and agencies. In recent years, NIJ has focused on empowering law enforcement to integrate research into policies and practices. The LEADS Scholars Program advances evidence-based policing by supporting the development of research-minded law enforcement personnel. 

Established in 2014 through a partnership between NIJ and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), NIJ's LEADS Scholars Program develops the research capacity of mid-career law enforcement personnel who are committed to advancing and integrating science into law enforcement policies and practice. Research is a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies. This program aims to identify and nurture the next generation of law enforcement leadership through encouraging the use of evidence-based research to advance criminal justice. Learn more about the LEADS Scholars Program.

In 2019, we piloted the addition of LEADS Academics to the Scholars program, with the goal of advancing practitioner-led research and promoting sustainable researcher/practitioner partnerships. One of the most important aspects of the LEADS program is the connection between researchers and practitioners. The addition of LEADS Academics to the program this year will strengthen those connections. Learn more about the LEADS Academics Program.

National Institute of Justice, " National Institute of Justice's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Programs ," January 1, 2018, nij.ojp.gov:
Date Created: August 14, 2019