The Police Research & Education Project (PREP) Mission Statement - CFC# 0423

The Police Research and Education Project (PREP) was established by the National Association of Police Organizations in 1991. Through PREP, our mission is to promote, through research and education, the well-being of police officers and their families, and to educate and inform the public about law enforcement and the role of law enforcement officers in a democratic society.

PREP is the sister organization of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), representing 241,000 rank and file law enforcement officers from 1,000 member police associations and units throughout the country. PREP is a fully-incorporated non-profit corporation and is also a registered 501(c)(3) organization, meaning that donations to PREP are tax deductable to the fullest extent of the law. 

In 1994, PREP launched the National Law Enforcement Officers Rights Center to serve as a source of legal assistance for police officers and their attorneys. The Rights Center serves as a clearinghouse for information, conducts research and holds educational seminars for law enforcement officers. The Rights Center files amicus curiae briefs on behalf of law enforcement officers including numerous briefs to the United States Supreme Court.

PREP has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Justice to study and provide training for officers and their families regarding stress management.