As part of the College of Policing's role in building the evidence base in policing and crime reduction, we give officers and staff access to hands-on advice and support from specialist College research staff.

Our support to officers and staff aims to:

  • Raise awareness of evidence based policing, enabling officers and staff to understand and apply evidence based approaches
  • Build capability and capacity across the service, helping officers and staff undertake new research projects, understand current practice, and evaluate new initiatives

Our support to officers, staff and forces includes:

​Research surgeries
If you need some hands-on support in planning an evaluation, or other research matters, you can book a Research Surgery to discuss your project with College research staff. Research Surgeries take place at College sites around the country and give officers and staff access to hands-on advice and support from specialist College staff to help increase knowledge of research methods and build analytical capacity across policing.

The Evidence Champions Network
The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction has developed this network 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 Academic Support Network
The Network was launched in September 2016.  Its primary is to provide peer to peer support for police officers and police staff who are embarking on academic study.  Recognition that starting a study programme can be both exciting and daunting (particularly if you have not undertaken recent study) led to the concept of a network of people who understand the pressures of combining work and study.  The Network has a wellbeing focus in recognition of the likelihood that those combining work and study might have less time to access general university support services and may also benefit from communicating with students from a policing background. Network members encourage the exchange of ideas, experiences and questions and have also created hints and top tips for studying based on different stages of carrying out academic study.

'How to' research guides
We are developing a set of handy guidance materials to support you in your research goals.  These currently include the College of Policing Logic Model, The Policing Evaluation Toolkit,  research survey "Top Tips" and Guidance for systematic reviewers. 
Evidence Base Camp
Our first Evidence Base Camp event attracted 60 police officers and staff from a variety of ranks and forces. The event was delivered across five days and introduced delegates to evidence based policing, evidence reviews, and rapid evidence assessments. Across the five days of the camp delegates worked in groups to search for, sift and synthesise the available evidence in five priority areas for policing before presenting a map of their findings to National Policing Leads.


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