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Evidence-based policing practices (EBPP) hold important implications for modern policing. As research in this area continues to evolve, resources and tools for police practitioners can offer helpful guidance for implementation of policing strategies. The following list will continue to grow as more resources become available.

Center for Crime Prevention and Control

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners. The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives and is focused on issues affecting vulnerable communities.


Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy – Evidence-Based Policing Matrix

The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix is a tool to help practitioners and policy makers understand what strategies work to reduce crime and disorder. Developed by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, the Matrix is a research-to-practice translation tool that organizes studies visually.


Center for Gun Policy and Research

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research is engaged in original scholarly research, policy analysis, and agenda-setting public discourse. The goal of the Center is to bring public health expertise and perspectives to the complex policy issues related to gun violence prevention.


Center for Security and Crime Science

The Center for Security and Crime Science, housed in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, is the first center in the United States devoted to Crime Science. The Center participates in numerous projects, publications, and training.


COPS Office, US Department of Justice

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to the concept that trust and mutual respect between police and the communities they serve is critical to public safety. The COPS Office is a key resource for information, guidance, training and technical assistance related to all aspects of community policing



CrimeSolutions.gov provides easy to understand ratings about research on the effectiveness of programs and practices pertaining to criminal justice. CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.



Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. Numerous criminal justice and policing related grants are available every year through Grants.gov.


International Association of Crime Analysts

The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) was formed to help crime analysts improve their skills, to help law enforcement agencies make the best use of crime analysis, and to advocate for standards of performance and technique within the profession itself. IACA does this through training, networking opportunities, and publications.


National Criminal Justice Reference Center

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.


RAND Cost of Crime Calculator

Existing high-quality research on the costs of crime and the effectiveness of police demonstrates that public investment in police can generate substantial social returns. The RAND Cost of Crime Calculator can help public officials better understand the returns on investment for police.


Smart Policing Initiative

The Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) is a collaborative consortium composed of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNA Corporation, and over thirty local law enforcement agencies that are testing solutions to serious crime problems in their jurisdictions. Numerous resources and webinars are available through this site.


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