IACP/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award

Sponsored by Sprint, the IACP Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has established an annual research award in which three law enforcement agencies are recognized for exceptional research performed either with a research partner or exclusively by the agency. The purpose of the award is to recognize law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in initiation, implementation, and research to improve police operations and public safety and to promote the establishment of effective research partnerships among law enforcement agencies and criminal justice researchers.

The California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Training’s SAFE Driving Research—last year’s gold award winner—exemplified the award criteria focus on leadership, partnerships, uniqueness of research, quality of research, and influence of research findings.  As a collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies, universities, local government stakeholders, and federal/national stakeholders, the SAFE Driving Research project is a model research partnership effort.  This research demonstrated in-depth consideration of factors that lead to officer-involved traffic collisions; these findings are then used to develop preventative strategies that are tested before being used to inform practice.  This data-driven model allows for local customization and will result in a national impact with the goal (and expectation) of saving 9 lives and $16,000,000 annually by 2015—a 15% improvement.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 IACP/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award.

The deadline for submission is June 29, 2013. For detailed award application information, please visit the IACP/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Website, or contact us at racaward@theiacp.org.

To learn more about this award, and to see how other law enforcement agencies are addressing critical policing issues through research, we encourage you to visit IACP/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Publication.

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