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The National Policing Institute (NPI) was established in 1970 as a non-partisan and independent nonprofit organization dedicated to pursuing excellence in policing through science and innovation. NPI provides services in three main areas: research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and organizational assessments and after-action reviews (AARs). These services are rooted in evidence-based practice and are designed to assist law enforcement agencies across the country in making strategic and operational decisions based on the latest research and innovation. NPI leverages scientific research and technology to guide its engagements, working directly with agencies and communities nationwide and abroad through collaborative approaches that engage scholars, practitioners, law enforcement agencies, and community stakeholders at the international, national, state, and local level. NPI aims to serve as a model for systematically examining real-world challenges law enforcement agencies face.

Jim Burch

Jim Burch

President, National Policing Institute


Sarah Lawrence, MPP

Senior Program Manager

Zhani Lyn

Zhani Lyn

Project Coordinator


Zoe Russek-Sobol, MAPP

Senior Program Manager


Laura Wyckoff, Ph.D

Senior Director for Knowledge, Learning, and Translation

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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) was created in 1984 to reduce violent crime, create safer communities, and reform our Nation’s criminal justice system. BJA strengthens the Nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide.

Maris Herold

Maris Herold

Interim Policy Advisor


21CP Solutions helps cities, communities, and universities effectively tackle the challenges of delivering safe, effective, just, and constitutional public safety services in the 21st Century. They empower communities across the country to develop and implement equitable and integrity-driven public safety – grounded in building trust and strengthening relationships.

21CP is a diverse group of professionals with unique skills, knowledge, and experience. They are police chiefs who have worked to turn around troubled police departments and renew community confidence in their agencies. They are civil rights lawyers and leaders who have helped to oversee some of the country's most successful police reform efforts. They are social scientists and academics who have spent careers understanding what works in policing and what is possible in public safety. 21CP Solutions are experts who have worked in, with, and for communities to drive safe, effective, and constitutional policing.

Nola Joyce

Partner and Principal Consultant

Sean Smoot

Sean Smoot

Managing Partner

Alikhan Insights LLC

Arif Alikhan is a nationally recognized expert on policing, homeland security, and counterterrorism with a distinguished 25-year career in senior policy, legal, and operational positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the City of Los Angeles.

Arif Alikhan

Arif Alikhan


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The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is a values-based organization whose mission is to create and deliver dynamic solutions for our criminal justice partners and communities. This mission is achieved by equipping local, state, federal, tribal, territorial, and regional law enforcement, criminal justice, victim advocacy, and health agencies, organizations, and providers with the innovations they need to help ensure public safety. IIR's programs and resources address its clients' most pressing challenges, including violent crime reduction, officer safety and wellness, information sharing, gang prevention and suppression, opioid and substance abuse, and domestic violence prevention and response. IIR tailors its support to local needs to maximize community engagement and backs it with documented performance metrics that provide evidence of progress and impact to those IIR serves.

IIR enables its clients to adopt the latest in criminal justice promising practices through exceptional training and technical assistance (TTA) and research. IIR's approach emphasizes intergovernmental collaboration that breaks down inefficient siloing of services. Also, it integrates the effective use of research and data to localize solutions to specific challenges—thereby maximizing success. To realize clients' goals, the IIR team includes an extensive network of nationally recognized subject-matter experts with diverse skills, ranging from field-based experience to technical writing, to instructional design, to event delivery, to project management, to develop exemplary programs for the field.

Contributing Partners

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement
Jails and Justice Support Center
Justice Clearing House
National Association for Field Training Officers
Leadership for a Networked World
National Criminal Justice Association

Our Visionaries The Knowledge Lab Steering Commitee

At The Knowledge Lab, we are united by a shared commitment to creating a safer and more secure future for all. Our collective efforts are guided by our dedication to excellence, evidence, and equity.

The visionary minds of our Steering Committee are the trailblazers, the architects of change, who lead the way in developing and promoting effective, constitutionally-based, and evidence-informed police practices. Their insights and expertise serve as the foundation upon which we build a path towards reducing crime, fostering public trust, and cultivating safer communities.

Shon Barnes

Chief Shon F. Barnes

Chief of Police, Madison Police Department

Advancing Law Enforcement Practices

Resources at the National Law Enforcement Knowledge Lab

Explore targeted areas such as evidence-based de-escalation, responses to mental illness, lawful procedures, and fostering just, fair, and impartial police practices. Elevate your agency's performance and legitimacy with our guidance and support.