Since early 2021, the Department of Justice has been developing, consolidating, and enhancing resources with a laser focus on supporting constitutional policing and public safety. To further help identify and promote constitutional policing practices used by state, local, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce crime, protect communities, and build public trust, the Department of Justice has established the National Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab.

The Knowledge Lab promises to provide critical tools to help law enforcement and the communities they serve work within these core, universal American principles while co-producing public safety with communities. Inspired by the UK’s College of Policing, the National Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab will:

  • Identify core competencies of constitutional policing based on both the Department’s programmatically developed evidence-based policy and its enforcement of 34 U.S.C. §12601 addressing systemic constitutional violations by law enforcement agencies through pattern or practice investigations and the enforcement of consent decrees litigation.
  • Assist law enforcement in assessing constitutional practices, policies, training, and outcomes.
  • Identify gaps in resources, training, and services that the Department should consider developing for law enforcement to ensure resources are focused on supporting the needs of 21st century policing.
  • Provide on-demand consultation, advice, and assistance to agencies, departments, and partner organizations to work together to protect the public and prevent crime.
  • Collaborate externally with thought leaders regarding constitutional policing, including civil rights advocacy organizations, police reform experts, community-based organizations, and national and international academic research institutions.