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Policing research and the rise of the ‘evidence-base’: police officer and staff understandings of research, its implementation and ‘what works’

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posted on 20.07.2016, 10:23 by Karen Lumsden, Jackie Goode
Despite the pitfalls identified in previous critiques of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement in education, health, medicine and social care, recent years have witnessed its spread to the realm of policing. This paper considers the rise of evidence-based policy and practice as a dominant discourse in policing in the UK, and the implications this has for social scientists conducting research in this area, and for police officers and staff. Social scientists conducting research with police must consider organisational factors impacting upon police work, as well as the wider political agendas which constrain it – in this case, the ways in which the adoption of evidence-based policing and the related ‘gold standard’ used to evaluate research act as a ‘technology of power’ (Foucault, 1988) to shape the nature of policing/research. The discussion draws on semi-structured interviews conducted with police officers and staff from police forces in England.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Sociology

Citation

LUMSDEN, K. and GOODE, J., 2016. Policing research and the rise of the ‘evidence-base’: police officer and staff understandings of research, its implementation and ‘what works’. Sociology, 52(4), pp. 813-829.

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/07/2016

Publication date

2016-08-23

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, Sociology. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038516664684

ISSN

1469-8684

Language

en