Police Science: Toward a New Paradigm

David L. Weisburd, Peter Neyroud

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We believe that a radical reformation of the role of science in policing will be necessary if policing is to become an arena of evidence-based policies. We also think that the advancement of science in policing is essential if police are to retain public support and legitimacy, cope with recessionary budget reductions, and if the policing industry is to alleviate the problems that have become a part of the policing task. In this paper, we outline a proposal for a new paradigm that changes the relationship between science and policing. This paradigm demands that the police adopt and advance evidence-based policy and that universities become active participants in the everyday world of police practice. But it also calls for a shift in ownership of police science from the universities to police agencies. Such ownership would facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practices and policies in policing and would change the fundamental relationship between research and practice. It would also increase the prestige and credibility of police science in the universities. We think that bringing the universities into police centers and having the police take ownership of police science will improve policing and ensure its survival in a competitive world of provision of public services.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherNational Institutes of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)NCJ 228922
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Publication series

NameNew Perspectives in Policing
PublisherNational Institute of Justice


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