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An Evidence-Assessment of the Recommendations of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Implementation and Research Priorities

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Cynthia Lum; Christopher Koper; Charlotte Gill; Julie Hibdon; Cody Telep; Laurie Robinson
Date Published
65 pages
This assessment of the research knowledge underlying the recommendations of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing provides information on what is known from research about those recommendations and what more needs to be learned through police-research partnerships.
This report should be used as a research reference for the International Association for Chiefs of Police's (IACP's) "Blueprint for 21st Century Policing." Law Enforcement agencies that want guidance on implementing the President's Task Force recommendations should begin with the Blueprint interactive website and report. It condenses and references the research findings provided in this research reference. The six pillars of the Task Force's recommendations are building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, training and education, and officer wellness and safety. For each of these pillars, this report presents an analysis that consists of four sections. One section is a summary of the pillar's recommendations most relevant to local law enforcement. A second section provides an evidence assessment of the pillar's recommendations. This involves describing what is currently known from research about the pillar's recommendations. This is useful for agencies that want to structure their implementation of the recommendations from an evidence-based perspective. The third section presents conclusions based on the evidence assessment, which can be useful for agencies in structuring their implementation of the Task Force recommendations from an evidence-based perspective. The fourth section identifies research opportunities based on the evidence assessment. This section highlights issues in the pillar's recommendations that are under-researched and need more rigorous study and funding. Approximately 260 references