Law Enforcement
Forecasting Group

Items of Interest

Recent incidents on the national stage have driven an interest in the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement. Research shows that body-worn cameras may aid in community policing efforts and improved interactions with citizens, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing supports the use of this tool. Successful implementation of a body-worn camera program requires thoughtful research, planning and training.

In an effort to support law enforcement agencies in the successful implementation of body-worn camera programs, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently launched the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, a free online resource. The robust website and toolkit is a compendium of cutting-edge research, best practices, templates, policies and other tools contributed by leading law enforcement practitioners. Honorable Denise O’Donnell, Director of BJA, comments, “Evidence indicates that the presence of body-worn cameras helps strengthen accountability and transparency, reduce community complaints, and can assist in deescalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and the members of the communities they serve.”

For more information, please visit the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit or email

Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services. In light of the recent events that have exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they protect and serve, on December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In establishing the task force, the President spoke of the distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities—the sense that in a country where our basic principle is equality under the law, too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly. (Read More...)
A report released by BJA and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) entitled COMPSTAT: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies. This report examines the impact of Compstat on police performance and accountability and is now available through PERF’s Free Document Library at (Read More...)
A report released by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) entitled Social Media and Tactical Considerations for Law Enforcement. This report examines the use of social media in policing and is now available through PERF’s free document library at (Read More...)
A report released by the Congressional Research Service this week, entitled Public Mass Shootings in the United States: Selected Implications for Federal Public Health and Safety Policy, which addresses an ongoing topic of LEFG discussions. (Read More...)
Crime analysis has become a common feature of U.S. law enforcement agencies. According to a 2008 Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) survey, 89 percent of responding agencies reported having staff whose primary or secondary duty was crime analysis, and the number of analysts has likely increased since then. (Read More...)
Police say a 7,600-square-foot warehouse near 8 Mile and Dequindre in Hazel Park served as the business hub for a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar theft ring that stole items from southeastern Michigan retailers and resold them on the Internet. (Read More...)
Law enforcement agencies across the country have quickly been adopting a new technology to combat auto theft and other crimes: automated license plate reader (LPR) systems. These systems can capture the image of the license plate of a passing vehicle and compare the plate number against official hotlists that show an array of infractions or reasons why it may be of interest to authorities. But because LPR technology is relatively new in the United States, opportunities and obstacles in its use in law enforcement are still under exploration. To examine issues about this technology, RAND conducted interviews with law enforcement officers and others responsible for procuring, maintaining, and operating the systems. (Read More...)


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