Evidence Based Policing

20 Apr 2016, 9:00 - 13:00

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

Tel: 020 7219 8377

Evidence-based policing is a way of making decisions about ‘what works’ in policing. It helps the police service make more informed decisions about what policies and practices are cost-effective and improve their service to the public.

This event will begin by giving the audience an overview of the value of research evidence, how it is collected, shared and implemented in policing practice. Police officers and academics will present their findings from trials of body-worn video and hotspot policing, illustrating the challenges of conducting research in an operational policing environment and how results can influence police practice.

The second session focuses on domestic abuse, estimated to account for 11% of reported crime in 2015. Speakers will present an overview of the interventions to improve outcomes for victims and their families, as well as offenders. Results from a trial using conditional cautioning to reduce re-offending will be shared, followed by perspectives from a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse.

The final session focuses on community policing, with talks covering research on stop and search, approaches to policing extremism, and insights from psychology for officers on the beat.

Attendees are welcome to attend all three sessions, but please let us know if you want to register for a particular session only.

POST is grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council for sponsoring this event.

To attend please register via Eventbrite by Friday 18th April.

The event is being held in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House. The entrance to Portcullis House is marked as number 4 on this map of Parliament (PDF PDF 537 KB). Please allow twenty minutes to clear security. Let us know if there is anything to make this event more accessible to you.


The event will be chaired by James Berry MP, for Kingston and Surbiton.

9.00-9.30am Registration and refreshments
9.30-10.20am Evidence-Based Policing
  • What Works in Policing Rachel Tuffin, Director of Knowledge, Research and Education, College of Policing
  • Body-Worn Video in Policing Inspector Steve Goodier, Hampshire Constabulary
  • Hotspot Policing in the London Transport Network Inspector Ben Linton, Metropolitan Police
10.20-11.10am Policing Domestic Abuse
  • Research on Domestic Abuse Carol Vigurs, Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Co-ordinating Centre, UCL Institute of Education
  • Using Conditional Cautioning Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police and Chair of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing
  • Sian Hawkins, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager, Women’s Aid
11.10-11.30am Tea and coffee
11.30-12.10pm Community Policing
  • Stop and Search Catherine Owens, Evidence and Evaluation Adviser, College of Policing & Commander Jeremy Burton, Metropolitan Police
  • Community Policing and the PREVENT Agenda Professor Martin Innes, Cardiff University
  • Insights from Psychology for Police Officers Dr Jason Roach, Huddersfield University
12.10-13.00pm Light lunch