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.

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:


In addition to developing national policy guidance and information about best practices in policing, PERF offers several types of direct assistance to law enforcement agencies. Click on the links below to learn more about PERF’s Executive Search Services, Management Services, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and Career Opportunities.