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April 8, 2022


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This course, Exploring evidence-based policing, examines the basic elements of evidence-based policing and gives insight into how more evidence-based approaches can inform better policing practice.

This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand more effective evidence-based approaches to decision making
  • Consider ways in which evidence-based policing can enhance policing practice
  • Understand ways that you can make more informed evaluations on the effectiveness of approaches to policing
  • Reflect on ways in which evidence-based practice in policing can affect communities both positively and negatively.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Evidence-based practices 00:15:00
    • Sources of evidence 00:07:00
    • What is evidence-based policing? 00:15:00
    • The stages of evidence-based policing 00:07:00
    • Assessing evidence 00:15:00
    • Implementation 00:15:00
    • Putting evidence-based policing into practice 00:20:00
    • The challenge and limits of an evidence-based approach 00:05:00
    • Misconceptions about the idea of evidence-based practice 00:10:00
    • Sources of bias 00:10:00
    • Professional fads and fashions 00:10:00
    • Power, politics and careers 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:05:00

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