Over the past 30 years, the crime rate in the United States has declined to historic lows. Police officers have proudly played their role within the criminal justice system by developing strategies and tactics designed to continue this trend. Despite these reductions in crime, however, trust and confidence in police remains stubbornly low in many communities around this nation. Too often, police officers are seen as occupying forces in the very places that need public safety the most.
Evidence-Based Policing allows for the use of research findings to develop those strategies that are best designed to reduce crime and disorder while maintaining the trust and confidence of the public we serve. We believe it is time that the Policing profession begins to incorporate those research findings into every decision that is made.
We need to know what works so we can continue our important mission in the most effective way. More importantly, we need to examine ourselves to identify those strategies that have been proven ineffective by research to ensure that we are being the best public stewards possible.
We are working police officers advocating for change from within the profession. We are the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing.
For Policing Professionals
Police Officers have a level of experience that cannot be underestimated but we cannot go it alone. Help us combine your skills with those of our research partners to have a voice at the table.
Researchers dedicate their lives to the understanding of crime and disorder yet struggle to impact the strategic decisions of police agencies throughout the country. Join us in combining our voices to advocate for the adoption of evidence-based practices and to increase knowledge generation in policing.
For Policy Makers
Policymakers have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that they legislate from a position of knowledge. By combing with our partners, we can ensure that only strategies with a strong evidence-base of support are advanced.
For Our Communities
To build a sustainable relationship, policing professionals need to work collaboratively with our community members. This requires transparency, inclusion, and the ability to have a voice. We invite community members to partner with us as we shape the future of policing.
It is Time to Advance Policing
Time to allow working police officers a voice in setting the direction of our profession. Time to partner with researchers to spread useful knowledge and learn more about policing. Time to ensure that policy is based upon evidence of what works best, not just tradition. It is time for change are you ready?