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Evidence-Based Policing and Crime Reduction

Bullock, KA and Tilley, N (2009) Evidence-Based Policing and Crime Reduction Policing: A journal of policy and practice, 3 (4). 381 - 387. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

There have been calls for research evidence to be drawn into police practice. We examine evidence-based practice in the policing and crime reduction agenda, drawing on the experience of implementing problem-oriented policing in the UK and beyond. We suggest that that the development of such an agenda has been hampered by certain factors. Evidence is not routinely used by police officers (or partnerships) developing strategies to deal with crime problems who prefer to deliver traditional (law enforcement) responses. There is a limited knowledge base on which practitioners can draw in developing responses to crime problems, and the nature of evidence about what is effective is contested amongst academics. Whilst welcoming the moves to incorporate evidence in policing, we caution against excessive optimism about what can be achieved and make some recommendations for those engaged in developing evidence-based practice.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in "Policing: A journal of policy and practice" following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version "Bullock KA, Tilley N (2009). Evidence-Based Policing and Crime Reduction. Policing: A journal of policy and practice 3(4):381-387 is available online at: http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/3/4.toc
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 16:03
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:21
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/410694

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