The Benefits — And Costs —  Of Policing 


Update: This event is SOLD OUT, but if you didn't get a ticket or can't make it to New York, don't worry. We'll be livestreaming with the help of NYU Law beginning at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, September 21. Use password “cba” (all lowercase) to join.

Everyone wants to be safe. The question is how best to keep the public safe, while minimizing the harms that policing itself can impose.

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law invites you to join us and our partners on Friday, September 21, from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m., for a discussion of how communities experience being policed and the potentially transformative power cost-benefit analysis could have on policing.


Like everything else government does, when the police take action, there are costs and benefits. The benefits often are believed to be clear, like reducing crime or suppressing violence (though that doesn't mean these goals actually are achieved). And the costs are yet more complicated, and often overlooked.

Take stop-and-frisk, or drones, or facial recognition. Besides the cost of the equipment, or the officers’ time, how should we value privacy or address concerns about possible racial profiling? What precisely do we accomplish by using these technologies?

CBA is a comprehensive approach for identifying and weighing these types of questions and the full range of possible costs and benefits produced by policies or programs.


This approach has led to great successes in both the public and private sectors, including very real advances in areas like environmental protection and public health. And yet, CBA has rarely been applied to policing. We, along with the Police Foundation, are working to change that.


With the support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, we’ve brought together a wide range of stakeholders in this space —  heads of major policing departments, civil rights and advocacy leaders, prominent social scientists, current and former government officials, foundation representatives, and policing technology innovators. 



We're really excited about the amazing group that will be joining us for this event  — and we want you there too!

Check out the tenative schedule and please make sure to RSVP below — tickets are free but required.

Can't make it in person? We'd love for you to join us anyway! We'll be live streaming the event so stayed tuned for details.

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