The Institute started as a specialized Unit within the Central Criminal Investigations in 1989 following an issue of a decision by the Minister of Interior it was given the name of ‘Criminal and Social Researches Centre’ as a specialized – scientific Centre which concerns with scientific research. In 1991 it became a specialized administration under the name of “Centre of Information, Planning and Researches’. Meanwhile the structural modifications at the Ministry of Interior necessitate that the centre should be under the General Administration for Training and was given the name of “Criminal Researches Centre” till 1995 before it returned to the Administration for Planning, Follow Up and Researches. In the period between 1997 and 1999, it was back – again to the General Administration of the Central Investigation.
On the establishment of the National Ribat University, the institute became one of the departments of the Police Higher Academy till 2000 then, it became as one of the mechanisms of the National Ribat University and as the National Reporter of UN Crime Prevention and Social Justice Programs.
On the 5th March, 2003, it was given its current name to contain all future thoughts and visions that represent the programs of high studies.