Research and development on new technology is a valuable way to improve the criminal justice system. With more than 50 patents covering an array of topics, NIJ’s Science, Technology and Forensic Science research programs have spurred innovation that has helped to advance justice and save lives.

See the full list of patents.

In a recent Police Chief Magazine article, NIJ grantee Dr. Craig Uchida discusses a proven strategy for engaging the community to prevent and reduce crime.

Dr. Uchida writes, “An effective crime control strategy is one that not only acknowledges and embraces the importance of citizens in preventing crime, but seeks to enhance their ability to do so.”

Read the one-page article here.

From Counter-Poaching to Rural Enforcement

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To identify and assess cost-effective aircraft for the Kenya Wildlife Services’ counter-poaching and counter-terrorism activities, NIJ, with the U.S. Department of State, has awarded $900,000 to Elizabeth City State University. NIJ will take lessons learned and provide recommendations to state, local and tribal law enforcement in the U.S.

Read the press release.

NIJ’s Role in Forensic Science

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The National Academy of Sciences has published Support for Forensic Science Research: Improving the Scientific Role of the National Institute of Justice, which is an independent and rigorous review of NIJ’s contribution to forensic science research and development. NIJ intends to use the report to align resources and improve the application of science and technology to criminal investigation.

Read a statement by the NIJ Director.

Download the report.