LJAF is funding the development of research and data centers that will help criminal justice officials make more objective, evidence-based decisions. The first of these centers is being created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The center will conduct rigorous research on urgent policing matters. It will also partner with specific police departments to study issues within their communities and to help them incorporate the research findings into sound departmental policies and practices.
The second center will be located at the University of Maryland, College Park. It will compile data from various criminal justice agencies across the state of Maryland and will integrate those records into a centralized database. This repository of information will provide greater insight into criminal justice trends in Maryland.
In addition, we are funding a project led by the Open Justice Broker Consortium to pilot a new platform for aggregating and analyzing criminal justice data collected by different agencies within a single jurisdiction. The platform will enable policymakers and researchers to understand how their systems operate in relation to one another.
Finally, LJAF is funding several research projects focused on specific areas of interest. One such project is investigating the impact that police body-worn cameras have on public safety, policing strategies, and community perceptions of law enforcement. Another project seeks to identify the most effective ways to make criminal justice data available to researchers and policymakers without compromising individual privacy.