The I.U.P.A. Research Department 

The I.U.P.A. Research Department is designed to provide locals with information and data to assist them in protecting the rights of their members through in-depth wage and benefit studies, contract language comparison, internet searches, and other methods.

The I.U.P.A. recognizes the value of sharing information in the law enforcement community.
For that reason, the Research Department collects and maintains copies of various surveys and reports from among our Locals who wish to share them.

They are available upon request and include the following topics:

  • Police Vehicle Interior Atmospheric Testing Report
  • Perceptions of the Police and Crime in Tacoma
  • Morale Survey and Template

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 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.


Wage and benefit comparisons can be used to assist your local at the negotiation table or during preliminary budgetary meetings. The Research Department works with local presidents to design studies that meet the specific needs of their locals. This can include tracking local or national trends in salaries, benefits, perks, bonuses, cost of living variations, population growth, and crime rates, among others.

To submit a research request, please contact us at:
941-487-2560 or via e-mail at
Please note that the President of the Local must make the request unless other arrangements are made.



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 recently completed a study 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: