Journal Article

Evidence-Based Policing and Crime Reduction

Karen Bullock and Nick Tilley

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 3, issue 4, pages 381-387
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Evidence-Based Policing and Crime Reduction

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There have been calls for research evidence to be drawn into police practice. We examine evidence-based practice in the policing and crime reduction agenda, drawing on the experience of implementing problem-oriented policing in the UK and beyond. We suggest that that the development of such an agenda has been hampered by certain factors. Evidence is not routinely used by police officers (or partnerships) developing strategies to deal with crime problems who prefer to deliver traditional (law enforcement) responses. There is a limited knowledge base on which practitioners can draw in developing responses to crime problems, and the nature of evidence about what is effective is contested amongst academics. Whilst welcoming the moves to incorporate evidence in policing, we caution against excessive optimism about what can be achieved and make some recommendations for those engaged in developing evidence-based practice.

Journal Article.  3637 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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