While assessing the evidence is key, so too is practical implementation. As Braga (2009) argues:
Implementation is critical to the development of the evidence-based policing model. It is not enough to evaluate what strategies work best when implemented properly under controlled conditions. Ongoing research is necessary to determine the results particular police agencies are achieving by applying (or not) the recommended practices.
This implies that rather than just being one-off investigation, effective EBP is an ongoing process.
Activity 2 Key aspects and research
In the following clip Dr Nicky Miller, Director of Knowledge into Practice at the Open University’s Centre for Police Research & Learning, discusses some of the key aspects of evidence-based policing and the research supporting these approaches.
Transcript: Video 1 Dr Nicky Miller
In the clip, Dr Miller discusses not just what evidence-based policing is but also some of the key principles which underpin it. These include seeking to have the best available research evidence and combining that with professional expertise and insight. It also includes taking a systematic approach to creating, reviewing and using evidence. By drawing on these principles, those working in policing can more effectively integrate evidence-based approaches into their day-to-day work.