AT THE POLICE EXECUTIVE RESEARCH FORUM

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a leading national police research institution and membership organization based in Washington, DC, seeks candidates to fill a research assistant position.  The Technical Assistance Division focuses on critical and emerging issues in policing, such as the use of body-worn cameras, officer safety and wellness, technology issues and cybercrime, sexual assault, gun crime reduction strategies, evaluation of promising practices, performance measurement, and community policing. 

PERF has established a reputation for identifying emerging trends in policing and developing promising practices for police practitioners. PERF has excellent relationships with police agencies across the nation and a track record of successfully collaborating with them. These relationships provide PERF researchers with a unique level of access to conduct high-profile projects with law enforcement agencies nationwide.                                                                                  

PERF offers a collaborative learning environment that examines current policing issues on a national scale.  This position will involve hands-on experience with law enforcement research, public policy analysis, and development of on-site training projects. 

The successful candidate will become a key member of PERF’s Technical Assistance Division with responsibilities in the following areas:

  • gathering, reviewing, and analyzing current policing literature and research;
  • developing concept papers and proposals;
  • drafting proposals for project funding;
  • preparing and delivering presentations;
  • completing project and contract management activities;
  • coordinating and conducting meetings;
  • traveling to conduct on-site research (or “site-visits”) at police departments and other criminal justice agencies; and
  • writing and editing publications, reports, and project documents
Applicant must possess a 4-year college degree in the social sciences or a related field.  Applicants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to multi-task, work well individually and in a team setting, and have strong computer skills. Applications should demonstrate strong analytic and research skills as well as the ability to present ideas, findings, and recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing.  Excellent writing skills required.  Substantive knowledge of the law enforcement field is a plus. 


Interested applicants must submit the following documentation:  

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples
  • Contact information for three references  

Please email your materials to Jessica Toliver, Director of Technical Assistance, at [email protected].

Or, you may mail them to the following address:

Police Executive Research Forum

Attn: Jessica Toliver, Director of Technical Assistance

1120 Connecticut Ave., NW

Suite 930

Washington, DC 20036

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Application packets that do not contain the required materials will not be considered.

PERF is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. For more information on PERF, please see our website at

PERF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.