About the What Works Centre

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction was established in 2013 and is part of the College of Policing.

​​ The focus of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction is on:

  • reviewing research on practices and interventions to reduce crime;
  • labelling the best available evidence on interventions in terms of impact on crime reduction, how they work, where they work, how to do it and economic cost. Go to Crime Reduction Toolkit.
  • providing Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and other crime reduction stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and guidance to help them target their resources more effectively.

The Centre is led by a core team from the College of Policing and has been supported by a Commissioned partnership programme which was jointly funded by the College and the Economic and Social Research Council. 

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction is part of a network of What Works Centres created to provide robust and comprehensive evidence that will guide decision-making on public spending. For more information, see the Gov.uk website.

The table below outlines some of the benefits of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.

More informed decisionsEvidenc​​e will be translated into practical insights that the police service and their partners can easily use
Better value for moneyGuidance will be clear, helping decision-makers to access and apply the evidence locally to make choices about where to spend and disinvest
Reassurance and accountabilitySharing knowledge about "what works" with the public will help build confidence in the police service and its crime reduction partners
Collaboration and partnershipLinks will be strengthened between the police service, crime reduction partners and the academic sector
Prevention, not reactionEvidence will be provided on the most effective approaches that can help prevent crime


For more information about the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction and the supporting commission, please email the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.