Evidence-based policing is based on the straightforward, but powerful, idea that crime prevention and crime control policy should be based on what works best in promoting public safety, as determined by the best available scientific evidence. Bringing together leading academics and practitioners, this book explores a wide range of case studies from around the world that best exemplify the integration of scientific evidence in contemporary policing processes.

Chapters explore the transfer of scientific knowledge to the practice community, the role of officers in conducting police-led science, connection of work between police researchers and practitioners, and how evidence-based policing can be incorporated in daily police functions. The Globalization of Evidence-Based Policing is written for both researchers and practitioners interested in ensuring that scientific research is at center stage in policing. Agencies (including law enforcement agencies, research centers, and institutions of higher learning) can look to these case studies as road maps to better foster an evidence-based approach to crime prevention and crime control. Those already committed to evidence-based policing can look to these chapters to ensure that evidence-based policing is firmly institutionalized within their agencies.

Accessible and compelling, this book is essential reading for all those interested in learning more about and doing more to bring about evidence-based policing.

part |20 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Evidence-based policing

Research, practice, and bridging the great divide
ByEric L. Piza, Brandon C. Welsh

part I|71 pages

Transferring scientific knowledge to the practice community

chapter 2|16 pages

Globalizing evidence-based policing

Case studies of community policing, reform, and diversion
ByPeter Neyroud

chapter 4|20 pages

Fits and starts

Criminology's influence on policing policy and practice
ByNancy G. La Vigne

chapter 5|19 pages

EMMIE and the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

Progress, challenges, and future directions for evidence-based policing and crime reduction in the United Kingdom
ByAiden Sidebottom, Nick Tilley

part II|57 pages

Empowering officers to conduct police-led science

chapter 6|16 pages

From practitioner to policymaker

Developing influence and expertise to deliver police reform
ByRichard Smith

chapter 7|11 pages

Creating a social network of change agents

The American Society of Evidence-Based Policing
ByHeather Prince, Jason Potts, Renée J. Mitchell

chapter 8|14 pages

Building empowerment

The Canadian approach to evidence-based policing
ByLaura Huey, Lorna Ferguson

chapter 9|14 pages

Evidence-based policing in Australia and New Zealand

Empowering police to drive the reform agenda
ByLorraine Mazerolle, Sarah Bennett, Peter Martin, Michael Newman, David Cowan, Simon Williams

part III|72 pages

Aligning the work of researchers and practitioners

chapter 10|13 pages

The LEADS Academics Program

Building sustainable police–research partnerships in pursuit of evidence-based policing
ByNatalie Todak, Kyle McLean, Justin Nix, Cory P. Haberman

chapter 11|12 pages

The benefits and challenges of embedding criminologists in crime analysis units

An example from Sweden
ByManne Gerell

chapter 12|13 pages

Non-traditional research partnerships to aid the adoption of evidence-based policing

ByStephen Douglas, Anthony A. Braga

chapter 13|15 pages

Data-informed community engagement

The Newark Public Safety Collaborative
ByAlejandro Gimenez-Santana, Joel M. Caplan, Leslie W. Kennedy

chapter 14|17 pages

Surveillance, action research, and Community Technology Oversight Boards

A proposed model for police technology research
ByEric L. Piza, Sarah P. Chu, Brandon C. Welsh

part IV|95 pages

Incorporating evidence-based policing in daily police functions

chapter 15|15 pages

Translating and institutionalizing evidence-based policing

The Matrix Demonstration Projects*
ByCynthia Lum, Christopher S. Koper

chapter 16|15 pages


CompStat beyond the numbers
ByS. Rebecca Neusteter, Chris Magnus

chapter 17|18 pages

Transitioning into an evidence-based police service

The New Zealand experience
ByBruce O’Brien, Mark Evans

chapter 18|22 pages

Statewide evidence-based policing

The example of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
ByMichael C. Green, Leigh Bates

chapter 19|23 pages

The Cambridge Police Executive Programme

A global reach for pracademics
ByLawrence W. Sherman

part |8 pages


chapter 20|6 pages

Evidence-based policing is here to stay

Lessons learned and next steps
ByBrandon C. Welsh, Eric L. Piza