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LAWE 453 Applied Police Research

This course examines how social science can and should be used to guide police practice and evaluate police outcomes. With an emphasis on scientific literacy, this course offers an introduction to research design and evaluation methodology, including the art of effective research collaborations and how to manage ethical dilemmas. It explores research focused internally within the police organization and research focused externally on crime, public trust, legitimacy, and other policing outcomes.

Special information

Note: Must be a law enforcement or criminal justice major; or instructor permission.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to May 2, 2023

Learning outcomes


  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills
  • Define evidence-based policing
  • Differentiate between research aimed at increasing knowledge and applied research aimed at solving problems and improving practices
  • Evaluate what works (and doesn't) in crime reduction
  • Interpret research findings and translate them into actionable information for policing professionals
  • Examine the interplay between theory and practice
  • Examine the interaction between policing, academia, and policy.