The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) was established in 1992 by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Ministry of Justice. At that time the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Ministry of Justice had a dominant position in Dutch research on crime and law enforcement while universities were weakened by a great numbers of budget cuts. Policy oriented research had become common practice and more fundamental research had almost diminished. The NSCR was founded to fill this gap. The NSCR enjoys the hospitality of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The establishment of the NSCR has provided an impulse to the fundamental, independent and interdisciplinary study of crime and law enforcement, from which also the Ministry of Justice is ultimately able to profit. The NSCR aims at: 1. studying - in a fundamental, interdisciplinary manner - the interaction between crime and law enforcement with an accent on research in which processes are followed through time (although the NSCR also carries out contract research for a variety of clients, alongside the regular research programme); 2. carrying out research, both independently and in collaboration with (para-)university organizations and publishing on these matters in scientific media; 3. participating in research schools and in the training of young researchers; 4. developing a national and international network of scientific researchers in the field of crime and law enforcement, in co-operation with other universities and research institutes by organizing (inter-)national conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and lectures on topical matters.