Beyond Compstat: The Role of EBP in Policing

Beyond Compstat: The Role of EBP in Policing
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2020-02-13
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Beyond CompStat, The Role of EBP in Policing
Unit 2 Recording: Beyond Compstat, The Role of EBP in Policing

This webinar features Lt. Rachel Tolber and Sgt. Renee Mitchell, both executive committee members of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, who will discuss what it means to be evidence-based, explain how to apply research in the field and what steps to take if you are interested in designing your own research study.

During this webinar, the speakers will discuss why the concept of regression to the mean is imperative to understanding and interpreting police data. They will discuss the importance of comparison groups when evaluating a program, project, or intervention and the concept of ‘cures that harm.’ After discussing these statistical concepts and criminological theory, they will explain how CompStat — although a tool for its time– is now an outdated way of holding police executives accountable and most often leads to whack-a-mole policing.


Resources Mentioned During the Webinar

  • Mayou, R. Ehleers, A., & Hobbs, M. (2000). Psychological briefing for road traffic victims: Three-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry 176:589-593



Audience Comments

  • “This was a great primer on EBP.” — Ashley
  • “Reinforcing the idea that whenever possible, we should use practices which are validated and evidence-based.” — Dan
  • “This was by far the best information I have received on evidence-based actions. I do look forward to more like this!” — Karyn
  • “Very good information on the difference between data retrieval and evidence that strategies based upon data are effective.” — Phyllis
  • “This webinar just validated several arguments I’ve made to fellow law enforcement practitioners over the years. They always seem to copy what other agencies are doing (depending on the program), but never seemed to first ask whether or not the program was working! Thank you so much for this webinar!!!” — Toye



The American Society of EvidenceBased Policing is a non-profit organization started by working police officers designed to drive the national conversation towards ensuring that the least harmful, most effective, fairest, and safest strategies are employed to prevent crime, reduce harm, and improve community wellness.




Additional Resources
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Thoughts on Evidence Based Policing from Rachel Tolber
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