The Public Safety Lab uses the tools of data science and social science to support communities’ efforts to improve public safety outcomes.

For example, many relatively minor offenses are easy to detect and interdict. Many more serious offenses are much harder to detect and interdict. We may then overpunish relatively minor offenses, and underpunish more serious offenses. The Public Safety Lab works with communities and law enforcement agencies to achieve more productive allocations of public safety resources.

Communities and agencies interested in working with the Public Safety Lab can contact us at publicsafetylab@nyu.edu.