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The best-kept secret(s) of evidence based policing

Citation: Dawson, Paul and Stanko, Elizabeth A. (2016) The best-kept secret(s) of evidence based policing. Legal Information Management, 16 (2). pp. 64-71. ISSN 1472-6696


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This paper draws on the work of the Evidence and Insight Team, a dedicated research function based within the Metropolitan Police Service for over a decade. The aim of the paper is to make readers aware of the obliquely hidden data goldmine that exists within UK policing. Such data captures the decisions police make routinely, the kinds of situations police encounter and with whom. This rich data seam goes beyond crime – and should be used more outside of policing. The authors argue that interested academics need a better roadmap of the data in order to stimulate basic knowledge and usage. Three case studies are presented that illustrate the scope and challenges of working with such data.

Additional Information: Paul Dawson is the Research Manager in Evidence and Insight, Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime in London. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He previously worked within the National Health Service and the Home Office prior to joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Birmingham investigating the empirical contribution of weapons to the study of serious sexual offending. Elizabeth A. Stanko is Head, Evidence and Insight, Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime in London. For over a decade, she worked inside the London Metropolitan Police Service, establishing a social research function alongside performance analysis. In her first life, she was a professor of criminology. She was awarded an OBE for her services to policing in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours. This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in Legal Information Management in 2016. It has been developed by the authors from a paper given at “Sources and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Friday 20 November 2015. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the British Society of Criminology, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Creators: Dawson, Paul and Stanko, Elizabeth A. and
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Subjects: Law
Keywords: Crime, criminology, criminal justice, police, policing, evidence, law and humanities, legal research, legal scholarship, metropolitan police, London
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • 10 February 2016 (accepted)
  • 15 June 2016 (published)


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