What Works Centre News Updates

Spotlight on the evidence: Hot spots policing 06 September 2021

We have updated the Crime Reduction Toolkit’s summary of hot spots policing approaches and how these impact on reducing crime

Vulnerability and Violent Crime Programme: Findings from the serious violence diversion interventions 27 July 2021

Evaluations of two interventions designed to reduce serious violence have now been published and here we share some of the main findings.

What works in policing to reduce crime? 18 July 2021

Our ‘what works in policing to reduce crime’ series, updated in Spring 2021, provides a brief overview of the most effective ways the police can tackle crime, based on the best available research evidence at the time of publishing.

Spotlight on the evidence: Body-worn Cameras (BWCs) 11 July 2021

Our new intervention about body-worn cameras (BWCs) assesses their impact on police and public behaviour when used in a law enforcement context.

Vulnerability and violent crime: Early intervention for vulnerable children 09 July 2021

Evaluations of three interventions designed to provide early intervention for vulnerable children have now been published. Here, we share some of the main findings.

Surfing to restore mental health 27 April 2021

Police Sergeants Sam Davies and James Mallows from Devon and Cornwall Police tell us about Surfwell, a programme conceived in 2017 which uses surfing to improve police officers’ wellbeing and mental health.

Going equipped Spring/Summer 21 now available 26 April 2021

In autumn 2020 we launched Going equipped – a new publication written and edited by people working in policing, for policing. Following positive feedback, we are now delighted to introduce our second issue.

Personal perspective: researching vulnerability and how we apply labels in policing 23 March 2021

College bursary recipient Detective Sergeant Rob Ewin, Cumbria Police, tells us about his experience of academic study which led him to complete a PhD in 2021, opening up opportunities to apply his research to policing.