Bringing together police forces and facilitating their efforts to develop and embed evidence into everyday policing.
The College of Policing supports a network of evidence champions who work in police forces in England and Wales to help to embed evidence-based policing (EBP). This page provides some information about them and what they do.
Who are the evidence champions?Evidence champions are police officers or staff members from a variety of roles and ranks / levels from forces across England and Wales. The amount of time they spend on EBP activities, and the specifics of their role, varies across police forces but they usually fall into one of the following three categories:
What do they do?Evidence champions carry out a number of activities according to their role, including (but not limited to):
What is the Evidence Champions' Network?The Evidence Champions' Network is a forum for those who are involved with or interested in EBP. It is an informal group, facilitated by the College but owned by its members. Membership of the Network includes access to an online community which facilitates discussions and allows champions to raise issues, ask questions and collaborate with Champions from other forces.The College is keen to support and develop the Network and find out about the ways in which different police forces have implemented EBP in order to share ideas about successes and understand limitations and barriers. Work to develop the network is part of a range of projects which are designed to support champions in forces. These projects include the evidence-based policing maturity model, the Crime Reduction Toolkit and the Research Map. The Evidence Champion Network develops as new champions become involved and as police force priorities change. We are seeking suggestions about how we can continue to support the Network to meet the needs of all of its members and encourage more participation and knowledge sharing.How can Evidence Champions help you?
If you are carrying out your own research, as part of a higher education programme, your force evidence champion might help you to get in touch with other staff carrying out further study, research or other contacts who can help you – we also suggest that if your project is at masters level or above you add it to the Research Map LINK
Your evidence champion might help you to develop a clearer understanding of EBP by directing you to relevant local or national resources – we also suggest that you refer to the Crime Reduction Toolkit for a summary of the best-available evidence LINK
An evidence champion might be able to provide you with examples of putting evidence into practice in your police force or another force in your region – this might be useful for research purposes or might help to prepare you for career progression
Need more information? If you are interested in joining the Network or would like to find out how to find and contact your evidence champion, email email@example.com