Partner With Us as We Define the Future of Policing

With fall upon us, the National Policing Institute is excited to announce the launch of our Annual Giving Campaign. Like you, we know excellence in policing is possible, especially when law enforcement officers, leaders, and others are supported with science, and encouraged to innovate, learn, and adapt their work for success. By harnessing evidence-based practices and cutting-edge…

54th Mile Project Kicks Off in Selma, Alabama

On February 18, 1965, Alabama State Troopers fatally shot an unarmed African American civil rights activist, Jimmie Lee Jackson. A champion for equal voting rights, Jackson died protecting his mother, who was attacked by police during a demonstration in Marion, AL. In response to Jackson’s death, local civil rights leaders organized a 54-mile march from…

NPI at IACP 2023 Annual Conference

In October, National Policing Institute staff will travel to San Diego, California for the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2023 Annual Conference. This event brings together thousands of law enforcement professionals from around the globe. NPI staff will be presenting some of our latest research and projects at the following events throughout the week….

National Policing Institute Honors Legendary Law Enforcement Leaders Charles H. Ramsey, Lee P. Brown

The National Policing Institute (NPI) is honored to recognize two leaders for their significant and positive impacts on the law enforcement profession overall, and the agencies and communities they have each so admirably served. NPI’s National Awards Program comprises two prestigious recognitions: the Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy Award for Leading Change in Policing and, for…

NFL Senior Vice President, Former ATF Director Appointed To National Policing Institute Board Of Directors

The National Policing Institute (NPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of B. Todd Jones, Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Conduct of the National Football League, to its Board of Directors. Jones is no stranger to the work of NPI, as much of his career is grounded in law enforcement and criminal justice….

National Policing Institute Recognized for Advancing Public Safety Accreditation

The National Policing Institute received the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) President’s Award, which recognizes organizations for their support and significant contributions to the advancement of accreditation across the public safety profession. As described by CALEA, the nonprofit organization was established in 1979 as a credentialing authority for public safety organizations….

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TIME Features National Policing Institute Study

In November 2022, TIME featured groundbreaking experimental study findings that could change how policing services are delivered and improve community safety and satisfaction, particularly in high crime areas. With donor support and in partnership with Arnold Ventures, scientists at the National Policing Institute, George Mason University, Arizona State University, and University of Pennsylvania conducted the…

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Kaitlyn Perez Joins the National Policing Institute as Senior Director of Communications and Marketing

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Policing Institute is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Kaitlyn Perez will be joining our team as Senior Director of Communications and Marketing. With more than ten years in law enforcement and government communications and marketing, Kaitlyn brings a unique and compelling perspective to NPI’s outreach efforts. As…

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National Policing Institute Appoints Five Members to Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, VA — The National Policing Institute is proud to announce and welcome five new members to its board of directors. These esteemed individuals join a diverse group from the policing and criminal justice field, policing scholars, public and private sector leaders, and elected officials to carry forth the mission of the National Policing Institute….

The Council on Policing Reforms and Race Releases Over 50 Research-Informed Recommendations on Improving Policing

Washington, D.C. – The issues facing policing reform and race are deeply entrenched. Today, the Council on Policing Reforms and Race (Council) officially unveiled more than fifty research-informed recommendations to help address some of the most pressing issues facing policing and public safety. These recommendations can be used as a roadmap for policymakers, political officials,…

Department of Justice Releases Recommendations for Law Enforcement Response to Mass Protests and Protecting First Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the release of 21st Century Protest Response: Promoting Democracy and Advancing Community and Officer Safety, which provides recommendations for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies responding to mass demonstrations. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in preserving…

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Dr. Robin S. Engel joins the National Policing Institute as the Senior Vice President

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Policing Institute (NPI) is proud to announce and welcome Robin S. Engel, PhD as NPI’s Senior Vice President, becoming the second highest-ranking executive within the national non-profit research and policy organization dedicated to excellence in policing and community safety through science and innovation. Dr. Robin S. Engel, a nationally known and highly…

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The Boulder Police Department Hires the National Policing Institute to Guide Final Reform Efforts

The City of Boulder announced today that it will partner with the National Policing Institute (NPI) to design and implement a strategic process for collecting feedback from the Boulder community. This process will be highlighted in the draft version of the Reimagine Policing plan (Police Department Master Plan) later this summer. NPI is a nationally…

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Practical Steps to Increase Recruitment of Women in Law Enforcement

RTI International and the National Policing Institute partnered with the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement Executives, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the International Association of Women Police to conduct focus groups about how to improve the representation of women in policing. View the one-page brief here for a list…


National Policing Institute Named One of the 2022 Best Nonprofits to Work For

The National Policing Institute, formerly known as the National Police Foundation, an Arlington, Virginia-based independent and nonprofit organization, has been selected as one of the 2022 Best Nonprofits to Work For. The NonProfit Times, the leading national business publication for nonprofit managers, has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify nonprofit organizations where leaders have…

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Research on Women in Policing

It’s been 48 years since the National Policing Institute completed a group of surveys and subsequently published Women in Policing: A Manual, and despite its age, it continues to receive attention. The Manual was the culmination of findings from a survey, an evaluation, and a symposium, all designed to examine the roles women play in…

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Study: Intensive, Specialized Training of Police Officers Leads to Reduced Crime, Fewer Arrests, and More Positive Interactions and Community Evaluations

Can training police officers in procedural justice reduce crime and improve the community’s perceptions of the police? An intensive, randomized controlled trial conducted in high-crime places (or “hot spots”) produced evidence that training officers to operate according to the principles of procedural justice changed officer behavior, reduced arrests, and reduced crime. Perceptions of the police…

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National Police Foundation to Change Name to National Policing Institute

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Policing Institute, formerly known as the National Police Foundation, is an independent research organization committed to pursuing excellence in policing through the use and promotion of innovation and science. Today, with a new name that better reflects its purpose, the organization is moving forward with the mission it was created…