National Policing Institute
October 12, 2023
The National Policing Institute (NPI) is pleased to announce five recent grant awards that will support new and expanded programs. Known for using science and innovation to pursue excellence in policing, NPI is excited to partner in new and old ways as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to positively contribute to the law enforcement field.
The US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded NPI a $1 million grant to take on NIJ’s Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars Program. LEADS advances evidence-based policing by supporting the development of research-minded law enforcement professionals and their academic partners through travel, training, research support, and partnership opportunities. With decades of research and national program management expertise, NPI will guide the program by increasing the in-house research capabilities of partner agencies and their staff.
NIJ also awarded NPI $1 million to conduct a multi-phase study Examining Police Supervision in the 21st Century. First-line patrol supervisors are integral in managing most of an agency’s personnel, which is why this study aims to facilitate the development of evidence-informed best practices for the selection, training, and performance of these critical first-line supervisors.
The US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded NPI $1 million to launch the 54th Mile Policing Project – a national initiative dedicated to supporting law enforcement in connecting with minority communities in their jurisdiction, enhancing trust and perceptions of fairness within those communities, and fostering cooperation among community members. Inspired by a powerful 17-minute film, this initiative features proposed training aimed at promoting racial equity in police practice and removing barriers to access and opportunity for communities of color.
BJA also granted NPI $3 million to continue leading the implementation of the Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab. The first-of-its-kind resource hub supports public safety agencies and communities by identifying and disseminating fair and effective policing practices, connecting peers, and providing technical assistance, serving as a trusted resource for law enforcement and community members nationwide.
Finally, BJA also awarded NPI $1 million to continue implementation of the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP). The powerful suite of no-cost training, technical assistance, and resources provides participants with actionable ways to improve officer safety on the roadways—preventing struck-by incidents and officer-involved collisions.
NPI continues to monitor partnership and funding opportunities and looks forward to announcing future awards in coming weeks.