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Evidence-based policing and police receptivity to research: evidence from Taiwan

Lin, K; Sidebottom, A; Wortley, R; (2022) Evidence-based policing and police receptivity to research: evidence from Taiwan. Policing: An International Journal 10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2022-0050. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate how evidence-based policing (EBP) is understood by police officers and citizens in Taiwan and the influence of police education on police recruit's receptivity to research evidence in policing. / Design/methodology/approach: The study uses a cross-sectional design that includes Taiwanese police officers (n = 671) and a control group of Taiwanese criminology undergraduate students (n = 85). A research instrument covering five themes is developed, and after a pilot test the final scale remains 14 items. / Findings: The analysis suggests that police officers in Taiwan generally hold a positive view towards the role of research and researchers in policing, more so than is often observed in similar studies conducted in Western countries. Receptivity to research was found to be significantly higher among the non-police sample compared to the police sample. Moreover, time spent in police education was significantly associated with lower levels of receptivity to research. / Originality/value: The paper makes two original contributions to the literature on police officer receptivity to research. It is the first paper to (1) empirically examine police officers' openness to, and use of research in an Asian setting and (2) to compare police officers' receptivity to research with those of a relevant non-police group.

Type: Article
Title: Evidence-based policing and police receptivity to research: evidence from Taiwan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2022-0050
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2022-0050
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: Receptivity, Taiwan, Police education, Evidence-based policing, Research evidence
UCL classification: 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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10152580
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