Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) has been around for two decades but only has been getting a lot of traction in the last few years. However, evidence-based policing is being practiced by law enforcement agencies unconsciously whenever they rely on data and research to optimize their efforts to make policing effective.
Gary Cordner joins this webinar to talk about evidence-based policing and the framework by which it operates. Gary works on various facets of law enforcement with experience as a police officer and police chief, a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Commissioner from 2007 to 2016, advisor to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for its LEADS programs focused on evidence-based policing, and worked in the academe at the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Some of the specifics Gary covered on this course include:
- A brief history and examples of evidence-based policing being practiced in different law enforcement agencies to improve policing.
- Understanding evidence-based policing through its components and objective.
- How EBP works and integrates with other policing strategies and concepts.
The seven components of practical evidence-based policing.
- The critical starting point of defining and measuring desired outcomes, examples of these, and how it is done.
- Measuring external conditions, the types of external conditions and the most critical indicator which is fear of crime.
- Measuring internal conditions which look into the state of the agency and its employees’ welfare that greatly influences the outcomes.
- Measuring performance through typical performance indicators in agencies which are then linked to the outcomes.
- The process of identifying and analyzing problems that result from the data collected from the first four components, the types of analysis done, and what it involves.
- Evaluating and testing practices and new ideas that are results of the data collection to determine its effectiveness.
- Using evidence that results from the previous six components as well as other existing evidence resources to make decisions, set the policies, and create programs.
- NIJ initiatives that support evidence-based policing.
Gary sheds light on the audience questions concerning:
- Clarifying what internal and external conditions are.
- How Compstat is related to the evidence-based approach.
- Determining the most critical outcomes based on what the community demands.
- Sharing EBP practices.
- Building relationships with the academe to help with the research side of EBP.