AimTo critically examine police officers’ receptivity toward scientific and evidence-based policing (EBP) practices and procedures. Objectives
A mixed method of ethnographical research, using documentary analysis and surveys, will be used to examine officers’ understanding of EBP and in turn their attitudes towards EBP and scientific based approaches within an individual British policing organisation. Primary data will be collected using survey questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The initial survey questionnaire will be based upon the key areas of officers’ first hand experiences of EBP practices and their understanding of its purpose. The semi-structured interviews with officers will be used to gather an in-depth understanding of the cultural factors which influence the successful adoption of EBP practices within a policing organisation at street level. Secondary data will be obtained from academic literature, force and national statistics and will be examined in the context of the primary data obtained from within the organisation. This is in an attempt to provide a current and comprehensive picture of officer receptivity towards EBP in British policing and in turn how the positive aspects of police culture may be used to their best advantage.