Evidence Based Policing for crime prevention in England and Wales: Perception and use by new police recruits

Colin Rogers, Ian Pepper, Louise Skilling

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Evidence-based policing is an integral part of the police approach to crime prevention work being closely associated with the problem solving approach as developed by Goldstein (Problem-oriented policing, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990) This research explores the effect of the new initial police entry programmes, co-delivered in partnerships between higher education and police forces, on the application of evidence-based policing (EBP) in the workplace. It also considers the impact of team leaders and supervisors on this adoption. The study utilised a survey of new student police constables undergoing the new higher education qualifications programme from five different police forces in England and Wales. Findings suggest that EBP appears to be applied in the workplace, and that the combination of higher education and work-based practice will continue to influence the adoption of EBP by new police constables. In particular is the role of police leaders in this aspect. This in turn may embed it into practice despite any cultural resistance, thus enhancing the crime prevention role of the police.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-341
Number of pages14
JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal
Issue number4
Early online date2 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2022


  • police education
  • evidence based practice
  • leaders
  • crime prevention


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