Moving toward the Future of Policing

Moving toward the Future of Policing

Moving toward the Future of Policing

Moving toward the Future of Policing

Excerpt

This book grew out of conversations with members of the Advisory Board of RAND’s Center for Global Risk and Security. It began when one board member who is now a co-author of this book, Matt Wollman, observed that when asked what their police forces will look like in 20 years, police chiefs almost always say “much like now,” perhaps with some adjustments in balances of gender and ethnicity. It seemed to us that this couldn’t be the right answer, given advances in technology, especially, but also in operating concepts by police authorities. Thus was born this book, an effort to think creatively but also usefully about the future. It draws on the work of many others to create a vision of what future policing could look like, but it also concludes with concrete steps for moving toward that vision. It is aimed at those who make decisions in shaping law enforcement organizations, their equipment, training, and concepts of operations, as well as at potential partners in the private sector. It should also be of interest to concerned citizens, whose support is absolutely essential to effective policing. This book results from the generosity of donors to the center. We greatly appreciate their support, and we also thank Queenisha Rynders for her research assistance early in the project.

This research was conducted within the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security, part of International Programs at the RAND Corporation. The center aims to improve public policy by providing decisionmakers and the public with rigorous, objective research on critical, crosscutting policy issues affecting global risk and security.

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