Research, Analysis and Information Unit

Working with the police service and the academic sector to identify evidence of 'what works' in policing, and to share best practice.

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Our Research, Analysis and Intelligence Unit (RAI) provides the police service with essential research, analysis and knowledge services to inform decision-making and practice.

RAI is a unit of social researchers and statisticians, analysts, and information specialists based in the National Police Library and POLKA (our collaboration platform on the Police National Network).

Our researchers are members of Government Social Research and abide by the GSR Code, ensuring that: "Social science research output must be based on sound methodology and established scientific principles. It must be designed, conducted and produced/published to high research standards, and be objectively judged as meeting these standards. It must be impartial and objective and based on the best design available, given constraints."

RAI uses academic peer review of its outputs as standard to support impartiality and objectivity.

For more information about RAI's work, see the Research evidence services section.