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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Interest in Proposals for Policing Research

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has issued a Dear Colleague letter to alert social and behavioral science researchers to its interest in receiving proposals related to policing and crime that can strengthen the knowledge base and enhance criminal justice practices. For FY 2015, the NIJ Office of Research and Evaluation's interests in policing include topics such as:
  • Police use of force, police legitimacy and de-escalation strategies.
  • Officer safety and wellness and intervention programs.
  • Evaluations of body-worn cameras, their benefits, costs and potential concerns.
  • Evaluations of internal and external procedural justice training mechanisms and public trust.
  • Randomized controlled trials of police patrol practices and their impact on crime reduction or prevention.
  • The impact on police investigations of changes in policing and new technologies.
  • The utility and effectiveness of eyewitness identification procedures.
  • The impact of social media on policing and its efficacy.
The "Research and Evaluation on Justice Systems" solicitation should be available on the NIJ website in early 2015. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with relevant project officers prior to submission, Dr. Brett Chapman at and Eric Martin at Learn more about NIJ's FY2015 policing research priorities at

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