TRANSLATING INNOVATIVE RESEARCH INTO MEANINGFUL PRACTICE
LEWIS is deeply engaged in academic research and thought leadership in the field of law enforcement and positive community engagement with officers.
Through our partnership with the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab, founded by LEWIS Research Director Dr. Ben Graham, LEWIS helps translate innovative research into practice that serves the community in a meaningful way.
EVERYDAY RESPECT: ANALYZING & IMPROVING OFFICER COMMUNICATION DURING TRAFFIC STOPS
Currently, LEWIS is involved in a groundbreaking research effort led by LEWIS Research Director Dr. Ben Graham, which utilizes extremely unique access to body-worn camera footage to analyze communication between officers and civilians in everyday interactions such as traffic stops. Titled Everyday Respect, the project represents an interdisciplinary collaborative effort between several research labs at The University of Southern California, Georgetown University, and UC Riverside. The project examines whether race, gender, socio-economic or other disparities exist in how community members are treated during stops, how factors like race, disability status, community context, and officer training shape how officers communicate, and how officers’ communication early on in a stop shapes how the interaction unfolds, including whether or not it escalates.
LEWIS provides a key link between academic researchers and the community. In the early stages of the research process, LEWIS helps gather community voices to ensure that community needs drive the research questions being asked. And then in the later stages of the research, LEWIS ensures that research findings are actually used to inform grassroots community work that influences the daily lives of both civilians and officers. This research will directly inform the ongoing development of the LEWIS BRIDGES program, producing an immediate and measurable impact in the community.
YOUGOV SURVEY RESULTS
In Winter 2020, we conducted a YouGov survey to ascertain the level of support for a national police misconduct registry being proposed as a component of major legislation.
Our study concluded that support for the registry is weighted as follows across political parties:
TOTAL: 80% BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
CIVIC PULSE SURVEY RESULTS
Based on the results of a Civic Pulse survey conducted in April & May of 2021, support for a national police misconduct registry among law enforcement agencies is represented as follows:
Do you support creating a national registry of law enforcement officers who have been fired for misconduct?
If there existed a national registry of law enforcement officers who have been fired for misconduct, would your agency make checking this registry a part of your applicant screening process?