Organised by the Institute for Criminology Leuven (LINC) and the Centre for Policing & Security (CPS)
Guest professor Aiden Sidebottom (University College London):
25 October 2018
Aula Zeger Van Hee (DV1 91.56), Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid KU Leuven, College De Valk, Tiensestraat 41, Leuven.
Evidence-based policing is widely advocated in the U.S. and U.K. It calls for the systematic production, assessment and use of research evidence to inform police decisions. Supporters of evidence-based policing argue that decisions based on high quality research evidence as opposed to tradition or anecdote can generate improvements in the effectiveness and legitimacy of the police, and reduce costs and unnecessary harm. In this lecture I will consider three key questions: (1) should policing be evidence-based? (2) if so, how can this be achieved? And (3) what are the likely challenges in moving towards an evidence-based model of policing? These questions will be discussed in the context of recent efforts to promote and facilitate evidence-based policing in the UK.
Aiden Sidebottom is Associate Professor in the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He is an applied researcher with interests in crime analysis, crime prevention and evaluation methodology. Recent research projects have related to evidence-based policing, the international crime drop and the problem of missing persons. In October 2018, Aiden Sidebottom stays at the Leuven Institute for Criminology as a guest professor.
Reflections about evidence-based policing in the Belgian police practice
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