Consistent, timely, and reliable data are core to improving policing practices. While most law enforcement agencies collect crime statistics and other data, the analysis of those data, along with actionable insights, is often missing.
The RTI Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science is a leader in working with federal and state partners to build and enhance crucial national reporting programs, including systems focused on incident-based crime reporting and drugs seized by law enforcement.
We develop tools to help agencies make informed decisions about operational and strategic needs. Our experts in police operations, data science, geographic information systems, and data visualization inform these systems and maximize their effectiveness. One of these tools presents data on 911 calls for service in a visual dashboard that allows agencies to compare response times, community demand, and other factors impacting resources. We also developed WOMBAT, an open-source tool that supports both data entry and dissemination of prioritized warrant information to officers in the field via a custom software application that complements the North Carolina Statewide Warrant Repository (NCAWARE) system.
To support the need for high-quality and impactful nationwide data, we work with federal agency partners to conduct nationally representative survey work on the structure and operations of state and local agencies. This includes the 2016 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey, 2018 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, and 2019 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. These efforts emphasize issues relevant to the practice of policing, medicolegal, and forensic fields.