About PERF

Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit organization, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.

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Guiding Principles on Use of Force

PERF has released “Guiding Principles on Police Use of Force.” This report documents three national conferences; a national survey of police agencies on their current force training; and field work by PERF in the United Kingdom and the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit. Also available is "Re-Engineering Training," which contains additional background information. 

PERF Reports

PERF produces publications that summarize its research findings and development of policy guidance and best practices. Most PERF reports are available without charge in our Online Library. Recent publications include: