National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform

The National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform (“the Platform”) has been redesigned and enhanced to provide law enforcement leaders and agencies flexible applied data and research services. The Platform is designed to enhance law enforcement awareness and understanding of the opportunities, challenges, strengths, and needs of its officers and the community. Through agency and community data and analysis, the goal of the Platform is to make law enforcement officers and the communities they serve safer.


If you desire better insights and better data upon which to base strategic decisions, the Platform is a resource designed for you. 


A New, Flexible, and Responsive Approach to Data Driven Law Enforcement

With support from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice and many of America's progressive and innovative police scholars and criminologists, we've updated and enhanced the National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform.

The Platform is now available to law enforcement leaders and their agencies that are committed to data-driven, citizen-centered policing and organizational excellence.

Feedback, Analysis and Trends

The new Platform has been re-designed to serve as an applied research tool. Our commitment and our mandate is to provide participating agencies with immediate and near real-time feedback from the organization, line officers and supervisors, and the community. We recognize that having a constant feed of data is necessary to enhance agency operations and strategies to improve public and officer safety, while also boosting the community's confidence and trust.


Once the data collection and analysis is underway, we provide you with benchmarking tools, to compare your agency's progress against that of your peer agencies and hundreds of others. You'll know where you stand in relation to similar agencies or those of a particular type, but we'll protect the anonymity of your agency's and others at all times. You're in the driver's seat when it comes to sharing agency-specific data.

Flexible & Collaborative

The new Platform is flexible, with multiple data collection tools and resources available to support your decision-making needs and to meet your agency and community where they are. Regardless of whether you need or prefer paper-based, web-based, SMS-based, system extraction or other data collection methods, we are ready to adapt and support. And we're ready to collaborate. If you have a data collection partner, strategy or tool in place and only want to supplement what you’re currently doing with Platform resources and tools, we can adapt.

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If you think your agency may be interested in participating as a Platform agency and you would like to learn more about participation, please click on the button to the right to let us know.