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Exploring evidence-based policing
Exploring evidence-based policing

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Exploring evidence-based policing

Introduction

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whateverthat it is not utterly absurd.

(Bertrand Russell)

In recent years policing has seen a shift away from taken-for-granted ways of doing things. As part of this shift, the utilisation of a more consistent evidence base to support decisions, techniques and interventions has become more prevalent. This course examines the basic elements of evidence-based policing and gives insight into how more evidence-based approaches can inform better policing practice.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • understand more effective evidence-based approaches to decision making
  • considered ways in which evidence-based policing can enhance policing practice
  • understand ways that you can make more informed evaluations on the effectiveness of approaches to policing
  • reflect on ways in which evidence-based practice in policing can affect communities both positively and negatively.