The evidence-based policing (EBP) movement has intensified in many countries around the world in recent years, resulting in a proliferation of policies and infrastructure to support such a transformation. This movement has come to be associated with particular methods of evaluation and systematic review, which have been drawn from what is assumed to prevail in medicine.

Given the credibility EBP is currently enjoying with both practitioners and government, it is timely to subject its underpinning logic to thoughtful scrutiny. This involves deliberating upon the meaning of evidence and what different models of knowledge accumulation and research methods have to offer in realising the aims of EBP. The communication and presentation of evidence to practitioner audiences is another important aspect of EBP, as are collaborative efforts to ‘co-produce’ new knowledge on police practice.

This is the first book that takes a kaleidoscopic approach to depict what EBP presently is and how it could develop. The chapters individually and collectively challenge the underlying logic to the mainstream EBP position, and the book concludes with an agenda for a more inclusive conceptualisation of evidence and EBP for the future. It is aimed at students and academics who are interested in being part of this movement, as well as policymakers and practitioners interested in integrating EBP principles into their practices.

chapter 1|9 pages


ByJohannes Knutsson, Lisa Tompson

chapter 2|17 pages

The why, what, when and how of evidence-based policing

ByNick Tilley, Gloria Laycock

chapter 3|18 pages

Reconciling problem-oriented policing and evidence-based policing

ByMichael S. Scott

chapter 4|19 pages

Some solutions to the evidence-based crime prevention problem

ByJohn E. Eck

chapter 5|20 pages

Multiple research methods for evidence generation

ByMike Maxfield, Yuchen Hou, Jeffrey A. Butts, Jennifer M. Pipitone, Latifa T. Fletcher, Bryce Peterson

chapter 6|14 pages

How to morph experience into evidence

ByKen Pease, Jason Roach

chapter 7|19 pages

Reviewing evidence for evidence-based policing

ByKate Bowers, Lisa Tompson, Aiden Sidebottom, Karen Bullock, Shane D. Johnson

chapter 8|22 pages

Evidence-based policing as a disruptive innovation

The Global Policing Database as a disruption tool
ByLorraine Mazerolle, Elizabeth Eggins, Angela Higginson, Betsy Stanko

chapter 9|18 pages

The long and winding road

Embedding evidence-based policing principles
ByTiggey May, Gillian Hunter, Mike Hough

chapter 10|18 pages

Advancing policing by using, producing and diffusing evidence

ByJohannes Knutsson

chapter 11|20 pages

How to make police–researcher partnerships mutually effective

ByLisa Tompson, Jyoti Belur, Julia Morris, Rachel Tuffin

chapter 12|19 pages

Research co-production and knowledge mobilisation in policing

ByAdam Crawford

chapter 13|10 pages


A realistic agenda for evidence-based policing
ByLisa Tompson, Johannes Knutsson