The I.U.P.A. Research Department

Information Requests

Information requests provide information on issues and topics that are pertinent to your local’s needs and are limited only by the imagination and need of the local president. We have gathered information on a wide variety of criminal justice and labor movement topics including, but not limited to:

This study examined the most comprehensive study regarding take home vehicles which was conducted by the City of Tacoma, Washington as well as other police agencies and independent third parties. Advantages of take home vehicles were laid out.

The I.U.P.A.’s research division has published numerous reports about shift schedule length. Advantages of 8, 10, and 12 hour shifts were discussed at length.

The I.U.P.A.’s first report on this topic delved into the advantages and pitfalls of social media for law enforcement professionals and departments as well as for the community as a whole. The second report examined social media policies.

The I.U.P.A.’s Research Department has published research on in-car cameras as well as BWC (Body Worn Cameras) which considered advantages, concerns, cost, and other considerations.

This report defines PTSD, outlines symptoms, and considers the concerns for reintegrating veterans as well as for law enforcement departments. Programs that provide resources and assistance to officers with PTSD are described.

This study examines staffing levels in the child protective investigations field, professional standards for caseload levels, and actual caseload levels of child protective personnel in Florida. Additionally, this report explores available data about burnout and its effect on job performance, job satisfaction, and legal liability for the departments concerned.

This report discusses the history, evolution, and health concerns associated with law enforcement’s duty belts. Various available alternatives to the duty belt are explored as well as available research on the topic and recommendations for best practices.

This report focuses on StarChase, a GPS tracking device which can be fired from the front bumper of police cruisers in cases when suspect vehicles fail to pull over to alleviate high speed chases that endanger the public. The study covered municipalities using StarChase, the success rate, and what concerns have been noted by law enforcement and the public.

This research outlines state by state laws regarding marijuana, federal laws about firearm purchases by marijuana users, employment laws, and court cases in four states in which instructive court decisions were made.

Numerous reports as well as all Wage and Benefits Surveys include crime data reported in the Uniform Crime Report which is collected and published by the FBI.

A Pension Survey was conducted which provided a wealth of information about pensions in each municipality in the state of Florida. Additionally, I.U.P.A’s Research Department published a report which explored sources of funding for pensions. This report is available in English and Spanish (and any other research I.U.P.A. publishes can be made available in Spanish as well.)

This report explores sources of funding for departments who find themselves lacking in funds from their government. Possible sources of financial relief include grants, budget design changes, creative ideas from other departments, and more. This report is available in English and Spanish (and any other research I.U.P.A. publishes can be made available in Spanish as well.)

The I.U.P.A. Research Department does its best to identify research that concerns the law enforcement community and to complete it proactively whenever possible. This study does that precisely. This report explores the laws regarding transgendered officers, court cases, liability concerns, and resources available to officers and departments.

This handout provides information about research studies that have been conducted in the United States and in England and Wales on tattoo policies, prevalence of tattoos, both officer and citizen views of tattoos, as well as sources of more information.

This report provides background on the need for bulletproof vests that fit for female LEOS as well as options available and how to be certain that vests are properly NIJ certified.

This paper explores the background, drawbacks, benefits, and more of civilianizing law enforcement departments.

This handout provides information about resources for police chaplain programs, including organizations, research, legal information, the benefits, and funding opportunities.

This report explores statistics on the prevalence, background, and solutions for K9 Officer heat exhaustion deaths.

This paper describes benefits for Law Enforcement Officers for educational reimbursement, incentive pay, and more.

This report outlines current workers compensation legislation that affects what treatments traumatized officers can get coverage for as well as suggestions for improvement.

This paper discusses the rising dangers to LEOs in their homes, outlining results from a survey the I.U.P.A.            Research Department conducted in August 2017. This paper also discusses the history, prevalence, trends, and recommendations of the I.U.P.A. with regard to residency requirements.

This paper discusses the rise of the opioid epidemic and its effect on communities as well as law enforcement. Precautionary measures and procedures are discussed.

This report summarizes the results of a parking lot safety survey conducted by the I.U.P.A. Research Department in June of 2018, current news and research on the topic, and outlines the I.U.P.A.’s recommendations for the safety characteristics of parking lots for LEOs.

This report took a look at the available information and research about fatigue and its effect on the human body. Studies which focused on fatigue with regard to law enforcement officers were explored in particular and recommendations for best practices were shared.

This report focused on carbon monoxide poisoning in law enforcement vehicles and all possible causes. It covered information about how to identify a case of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to respond as well as treatments, cases of carbon monoxide poisoning on the news in the last few years, a report and a survey that were conducted on the topic, and recommendations for best practices.

This survey about residency requirements for K9 Handlers covered 16 municipalities and focused on specific restrictions such as the region officers are permitted to live in, accommodations needed for K9s, equipment provided by the municipalities to officers for their K9s, and related information.


The Institute for Police Research is a non-profit research organization affiliated with the International Union of Police Associations and funded by federal grants for studies on issues impacting the law enforcement community.

The IPR completed a study in 2011 regarding the use and effectiveness of reflective vests for law enforcement officers. To find out more information about the study including results, findings, and information about reflective vests, visit: