The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has announced a $3.3 million grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Cincinnati to establish a research center focused on addressing important issues in policing.
The IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy will engage in rigorous research that has practical implications for the field and will serve as a national model for the way law enforcement agencies and researchers can work together to help protect communities, safeguard citizens’ rights, and ensure the fair treatment of all individuals. During the first three years of operation, the center, which will be led by UC's vice president for safety and reform Robin S. Engel, will seek to create and disseminate a national policy with respect to conducting police research and police/researcher collaborations; launch at least three research projects focused on urgent issues in policing; and translate research reports written for an academic audience into sets of actionable items that can be easily implemented by practitioners in the field.
"The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is excited to fund this innovative partnership between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Cincinnati," said LJAF vice president of criminal justice Matt Alsdorf. "We believe that the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy has the potential to transform contemporary policing by helping to create a dynamic two-way collaboration between research and practice that is unprecedented in the field…[and] has the potential to address some of policing's most pressing and persistent challenges with an evidence-based approach that is academically tested and practical."