National Institute of Justice's Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Programs

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Programs are designed to increase the research capabilities of law enforcement officers and agencies. In recent years, NIJ has focused on empowering law enforcement to integrate research into policies and practices. The LEADS Scholars Program advances evidence-based policing by supporting the development of research-minded law enforcement personnel. The LEADS Agencies Program, launched in 2017, is designed to complement the LEADS Scholars Program by strengthening the capacity of police organizations to identify and answer their own research questions.

Scholars Program. Established in 2014 through a partnership between NIJ and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), NIJ's LEADS Scholars Program develops the research capacity of mid-career law enforcement personnel who are committed to advancing and integrating science into law enforcement policies and practice. Research is a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies. This program aims to identify and nurture the next generation of law enforcement leadership through encouraging the use of evidence-based research to advance criminal justice. Learn more about the LEADS Scholars Program.

Agencies Program. The LEADS Agencies Program is designed to help law enforcement agencies become more effective by improving their internal capacity for collecting and analyzing data, conducting research, and using evidence. The program is currently in its first phase, working with eight pilot sites to explore how best to encourage and support agencies. Learn more about the LEADS Agencies Program.

Date Created: July 20, 2017