How do we know what policing activities are effective?  What are the risks if we don't have robust evidence about what works?


A fundamental element of the College's role as a professional body is to be a catalyst for the development and use of knowledge and research by and for those working in policing.  This will ensure that the best available evidence of what works is accessible for practitioners when making decisions.  To achieve this aim, the College works with police forces, policing and crime commissioners, national policing leads and academic partners to:

  • produce and commission original research on priority areas for policing;
  • collate and share the best available evidence through our 'what works' briefings series and College-led rapid evidence assessments;
  • embed the best available evidence into standards and practice;
  • build capacity for research across policing by including evidence-based approaches in training and by supporting forces to build partnerships with higher and further education;
  • raise awareness about standards of research evidence and the importance of using appropriate and robust research methods.


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