Posts Categorised: Research

To what extent do Canadian police professionals believe that their agencies are ‘Targeting, Testing, and Tracking’ new policing strategies and programs?

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“Some researchers suggest that police professionals see little value in adopting evidence based approaches to tackle policing challenges. To examine this issue, 586 Canadian police professionals were surveyed. We explore responses to one particular question, which caused 353 respondents to reflect on whether they think their agencies enact evidence based policing (EBP) principles in daily operations; specifically, the principles of targeting, testing, and tracking the implementation of new policing strategies.”

Source: Huey, L., Blaskovits, B., Bennell, C., Kalyal, H. J., & Walker, T. (2017). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).

‘We Would If We Could … but Not Sure If We Can’: Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: The Evidence-Based Practice Agenda in the UK

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“The findings of a pilot training programme focused on evidence-based practice (EBP) conducted in September 2015 suggest that police officers and staff have enthusiasm for EBP. The participating police practitioners from four UK police forces, held positive beliefs about the relevance and value of research, evaluation, and their own research abilities prior to the pilot.”

Source: Fleming, J., & Wingrove, J. (2017). Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 11(2), and available from this link.

Categories: Learning, Police, Research

AIPM National Police Research Inventory: A Summary of Findings

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“There continues to be much debate about the value of research to policing. The evidence-based policing (EBP) movement has gained significant traction across the world, and it is increasingly commonplace to hear about police organisations engaging with the body of knowledge when thinking about changes to policy and practice. Responding to this trend in late 2015 and early 2016 the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) held a series of three roundtable discussions on the topic of police research (see Herrington, 2016, for a summary). Attended by 51 individuals representing 16 organisations, these roundtables explored some of the key challenges for those interested in police research. Download the attached paper and learn more about the four key themes in these discussions.”

Source: Herrington, V. & Kowald, E. (2017). AIPM Research Focus, 5/1 and available from this link (open access).

Categories: Police, Research

Accessing the Evidence in Policing: Six Helpful Websites


“One of the key assumptions of the evidence-based policing movement is that police will be inclined to adopt a research-informed approach to policing practices if they access, read, and digest what they discover from the research evidence. Providing easy access to the research evidence is thus a fundamental starting point for widespread adoption of the evidence-based policing paradigm. To that end, herein is insight into six different open-access websites that collectively offer police comprehensive information about what is known, globally, about the effectiveness of police practices.”

Source: Mazerolle, L. & Martin, P. (2016). The Police Chief, 83, and available from this link (open access). 

Engineering a Safer Society


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“Evidence based policing continues to be an important area of discussion among police organisations across the world, and parallels are often drawn with medicine as a means to describe how a profession can be enhanced through a commitment to evidence based techniques. The use of the medical analogy in policing does not have everybody convinced, however, and there are those who argue that rather than molecules, bacteria and disease, we are dealing with the complexity of human behaviour, meaning simple cause and effect may always be difficult to establish. The authors extend this thinking and suggest that a better professional parallel might be drawn with engineering.”

Source: Tilley, N. and Laycock, G. (2016). Public Safety Leadership Research Focus and available from this link (open access).

The Most Cited Scholars in Five International Criminology Journals, 2006–10

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“The current article examines three elements of scholarly influence comparing five major international criminology journals (BJC – British Journal of Criminology, CRIM – Criminology, ANZ – Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, CJC – Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, EJC – European Journal of Criminology) from 2006 to 2010. The most cited works of the most cited authors were on developmental and life-course criminology and criminal careers.”

Source: Cohn, E. G., & Iratzoqui, A. (2016).  British Journal of Criminology, 56(3), and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Criminology, Research

Unearthing Hidden Keys: Why Pracademics Are an Invaluable (If Underutilized) Resource in Policing Research

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“In the present article, the authors explore a hidden, frequently untapped resource that we believe may help to increase the production of quality policing research: police pracademics (practitioner-academics). In the pages that follow, we explore at least four key ways in which utilizing pracademics can benefit both police agencies and the larger policing research agenda.”

Source: Huey, L., & Mitchell, R. J. (2016). Policing, doi: 10.1093/police/paw029 and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Police, Research

The importance of evidence-based policing for the thinking professional police officer

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“This paper will explore the challenge for EBP in gaining traction in our police organisations, and the need for individual efforts throughour the hierarchy to be complemented by a broader tranisition to innovative , agile, learning organisations.”

Source: Herrington, V. (2016). Police Science, 1/1 and this paper is available on request. The new journal is available through ANZSEBP membership.


Categories: Police, Research

A Tipping Point for “Totally Evidenced Policing” Ten Ideas for Building an Evidence-Based Police Agency

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“Increasing numbers of police professionals have decided to practice evidence-based policing. Yet many of these “early adopters” encounter opposition from their colleagues. Advocates of evidence-based policing (EBP) increasingly ask whether, or how, an entire agency can be transformed at about the same time, rapidly creating a “tipping point” for “totally evidenced” policing—defined as a steady growth of evidence-based decisionmaking on as many practices as possible.”

Source: Sherman, L. W. (2015). International Criminal Justice Review, 25(1), and available from this link (open access).

Collaboration and communication: Building a research agenda and way of working towards community disaster resilience

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“The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of Participatory Action Research (PAR), reporting on a collaboration, communication and disaster resilience workshop in Sydney, Australia. The goal of the workshop was to explore the challenges that organisations perceive as blockages to building community disaster resilience; and, through collaborative practitioner-led activities, identify which of those challenges could be best addressed through a deeper engagement with communication research.”

Source: Rogers, P., Burnside-Lawry, J., Dragisic, J.  & Mills, C. (2016). Disaster Prevention and Management, 25(1), and available for AIPM staff and students from this link.