In the latest paper in the New Perspectives in Policing series, Tracey L. Meares explains how experts have evaluated policing on the basis of lawfulness or effectiveness at reducing crime. Her essay presents a third way, by looking to procedural justice (public perceptions of fairness when interacting with police).

Read Rightful Policing.

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2015 Conference is hosting a call for presentations competition to find the most cutting-edge research. NIJ is looking for innovative research on the use of geographic information systems and spatial data analysis in criminal justice.

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Hot Spot Policing

Dr. David Weisburd discusses research that intensified police patrols in high-crime hot spots can substantially decrease crime without causing it to rise in other areas, suggesting that crimes also depend on policing in key places.

Measuring Police Performance

Often police success is measured by the crime rate, but this ignores other police missions, such as community engagement. In this paper, Malcolm K. Sparrow explores how a broader view of law enforcement success can be more accurate.

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