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Exploring evidence-based policing
Exploring evidence-based policing

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3 The stages of evidence-based policing

As is no doubt clear, evidence-based policing involves adopting a structured approach towards any issues or topics that are to be studied. Bryant and Bryant (2019) argue that there are usually five distinct stages in any EBP project:

  • State the question
  • Gather the existing evidence
  • Assess the existing evidence and undertake research
  • Implement the findings
  • Evaluate the implementation

While each of these stages is of crucial importance, it is the third stage – in which the evidence is assessed – that can be the most challenging.