Research

Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is a national nonprofit organization eliminating bias in policing by measuring it.

What We Do

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers, using data as tools to build more fair and just systems. Our process begins with strong law enforcement partnerships. The next step brings in stakeholders to work backwards and identify unique points that produce inequality. Then we allow the data to guide us.

At our core, we are a consortium of social scientists and law enforcement professionals committed to facilitating innovative research collaborations between law enforcement agencies and empirical social scientists. But data alone does not tell the story of police responsibility. Instead, CPE leads with analyses that allow both police and communities to see the ways in which policing is part of a larger set of concerns they can tackle together.

CPE serves as a matchmaker, pairing law enforcement with world-class researchers to simultaneously aid police departments to realize their own equity goals as well as advance the scientific understanding of issues of equity within organizations and policing. Strong partnerships with law enforcement are critical, and therefore in many cases, CPE’s work with individual departments is not released publicly. However, CPE does use data gathered to publish national-level findings and recommendations.