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Extending the remit of evidence-based policing

Brown, J; Belur, JS; Tompson, L; McDowall, A; Hunter, G; May, T; (2018) Extending the remit of evidence-based policing. International Journal of Police Science & Management , 20 (1) pp. 38-51. 10.1177/1461355717750173. Green open access

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Evidence-based policing (EBP) is an important strand of the UK’s College of Policing’s Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), itself a component of a professionalisation agenda. This article argues that the two dominant approaches to EBP, experimental criminology and crime science, offer limited scope for the development of a comprehensive knowledge base for policing. Although both approaches share a common commitment to the values of science, each recognizes their limited coverage of policing topics. The fundamental difference between them is what each considers ‘best’ evidence. This article critically examines the generation of evidence by these two approaches and proposes an extension to the range of issues EBP should cover by utilizing a greater plurality of methods to exploit relevant research. Widening the scope of EBP would provide a broader foundational framework for inclusion in the PEQF and offers the potential for identifying gaps in the research, constructing blocks for knowledge building, and syllabus development in higher level police education.

Type: Article
Title: Extending the remit of evidence-based policing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1461355717750173
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355717750173
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Evidence base policing, crime science, experimental criminology, evidence-based management, evidence-based policy, mixed methods
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040080
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