Evidence Champions' Network

Bringing together police forces and facilitating their efforts to develop and embed evidence into everyday policing.

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction has developed this network of Evidence Champions to promote evidence-based practice (EBP) in policing and to share ideas and knowledge across forces. It will enable police forces to support each other in their efforts to embed evidence-based policing, through discussion and collaboration.


The network is designed to be all-inclusive and is accessible to anybody in force, regardless of their role or rank. All you need is an interest in the approach towards the embedding of evidence-based policing.

What is the role of the Evidence Champions?

The Evidence Champions promote evidence-based policing by:

Holding face-to-face meetings

For discussing progress, identifying challenges with promoting a‚Äčnd generating EBP and potential solutions.

Contributing to the network's POLKA communityThis community (see below) is an online space for ongoing knowledge dissemination and cooperation outside meetings, providing virtual support for members.
Seeking funding opportunitiesIdentifying and sharing potential funding opportunities to support EBP initiatives.
Expanding the policing evidence baseSupporting and working to facilitate the College's aim to establish regional EBP networks of police professionals and academic institutions.
Raising awarenessWorking together to organise networking opportunities such as research fairs and evidence-based practice events.

The Evidence-Based Policing Support Network community on POLKA

This secure online community facilitates cooperation between members of the network outside meetings. It is located in the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA).

The community provides virtual support, facilitating updates on the latest progress in evidence-based policing initiatives across the UK, and is a forum for sharing ideas with each other on how to promote evidence-based policing in different police forces.

You can request membership of the community by visiting the community's POLKA page. You will need to be registered on POLKA first.

Find out more and join the network

For more information about the Evidence-Based Policing Support Network, please email the What Works Centre.

To become a member of the network, submit a request to join our POLKA community (see above).