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Policy Associate 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location New York City, NY  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  


New York; LA; D.C.; Remote/Flexible for the right candidate

Position Description

Center for Policing Equity is looking for an attorney with strong policy analysis skills to serve as a Policy Associate for the Data Driven Interventions (DDI) team.

In this role, the Policy Associate will use CPE’s needs assessment analysis plan to conduct reviews of law enforcement policies and propose recommendations to promote racial equity in law enforcement outcomes such as stops, searches, and use of force. The Policy Associate will work closely and collaboratively with the interdisciplinary COMPSTAT for Justice (C4J) team, providing consultation, thought partnership, and research assistance on policy issues that may inform quantitative analytic work and change management consultation led by other team members. Additionally, the individual will propose and produce original policy content that is responsive to emergent social and political issues.

This position will report to the Policy Director for Data Driven Interventions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide legal/policy QA for DDI products to ensure that data analysis decisions are aligned with legal definitions and common law enforcement agency practice (i.e. does a given dataset accurately align with our definition of pedestrian stops; is the categorization of types of force in line with legal definitions and industry norms).
  • In accordance with the analytic plan, conduct policy reviews for agencies partnering with CPE.
  • Conduct legal and policy research on promising, evidence-informed interventions to reduce racial disparities in policing outcomes.
  • Build working knowledge of behavioral science research on racial discrimination and leverage that knowledge to identify policy risks for inequitable policing practices.
  • Draft policy-related content for DDI products.
  • Assist with production of external facing collateral on organizational policy stances aimed at a variety of audiences.


  • Juris Doctor Degree required
  • 1-5 years of professional experience in civil rights law, criminal law, law enforcement oversight, police policy analysis, or related field (could be mix of pre or post-JD experience)
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and glean actionable insight from data analyses conducted by others
  • Expertise in area and able to manage projects / specific scope and also able to make decisions for their day-to-day work
  • Familiarity with legal and social science scholarship on policing and racial bias preferred
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Comfort with collaboration across a geographically distributed team
  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking to solve complex problems
  • Ability to quickly adapt to a growing organization
  • Passionate about social and racial justice issues
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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