Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective
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Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective

Edited by Monica den Boer

Public police forces are a regular phenomenon in most jurisdictions around the world, yet their highly divergent legal context draws surprisingly little attention. Bringing together a wide range of police experts from all around the world, this book provides an overview of traditional and emerging fields of public policing, New material and findings are presented with an international-comparative perspective, it is a must-read for students of policing, security and law and professionals in related fields.
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Chapter 20: Police research, evidence-based policing and police-academic partnerships in national jurisdictions

Nicholas R Fyfe

Abstract

This chapter explores the dynamic landscape of police-academic relations and the terrain of evidence-based policing. Instead of being shaped by police legislation, the field has emerged amidst debates about evidence-based policy making, the professionalization of police organizations, and the role universities and higher education institutions play in delivering public benefit through research. The chapter defines the term evidence-based policing and discusses the challenges of integrating research evidence into the policies and practices of police organizations. The author argues for a broad and pluralistic interpretation of evidence-based policing, which has been embraced by a range of police-academic partnerships, resulting in tailored dissemination and models of research-based practitioners, as well as embedded research practices. Levels of trust and cooperation between researchers and police organizations are on the rise and the need for academically trained police professionals is increasingly recognized. This happens in many jurisdictions internationally but challenges remain, particularly to ensure the routine use of research evidence to inform police decision-making.

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