Evidence based policing: a view on its development within the police service

Ian Pepper, Colin Rogers, Helen Martin

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As the education of new police constables moves to degree level, this paper explores the introduction of Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) as a pillar of the evolution of the police service as a profession.

Combining a review of key literature and explorations of practice, the current situation, challenges, and benefits of the adoption of EBP as philosophy are explored.

The benefits to the police service and individuals of wholeheartedly adopting EBP are huge; however, such adoption does not come without challenges.

This paper provides a contemporary snapshot in relation to the process of embedding EBP across the new educational routes to joining the police service. The opportunities provided by adopting EBP as philosophy across the service will assist in supporting and strengthening the sustainability of policing locally, nationally, and internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Work-Applied Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020


  • Profession
  • Higher Education
  • Evidence-based policing
  • Practitioner-research


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