Police Officer Receptivity to Research and Evidence-Based Policing: Examining Variability Within and Across Agencies

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Abstract

Recent calls for police to focus more on integrating research into practice require paying closer attention to how receptive frontline practitioners are to using research. Officers in four U.S. municipal agencies (n = 992) were surveyed to assess their exposure to research, knowledge about the evidence base, view of science, and willingness to evaluate interventions. Multivariate results show that officer awareness of evidence-based policing and willingness to work with researchers are influenced by education and prior research exposure. These factors strongly predict more specific indicators of receptivity. Results also suggest substantial variation in attitudes across agencies, emphasizing the importance of organizational context. The most receptive officers in our sample vary significantly from all others on multiple experience variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)976-999
Number of pages24
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume63
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • evidence based
  • policing
  • receptivity to research
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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