Applied Police Research: Challenges and opportunities

Remarkably little has been written about the theory and practice of applied police research, despite growing demand for evidence in crime prevention. Designed to fill this gap, this book offers a valuable new resource. It contains a carefully curated selection of contributions from some of the world's leading applied police researchers. Together, the authors have almost 300 years of relevant experience across three continents.

The volume contains both practical everyday advice and calls for more fun- damental change in how police research is created, consumed and applied. It covers diverse topics, including the art of effective collaborations, the inter- action between policing, academia and policy, the interplay between theory and practice and managing ethical dilemmas. This book will interest a broad and international audience from academics and students, to police management, officers and trainees, to policymakers and research funders.


Editors' and Series Editor’s forewords

  1. Introduction, Ella Cockbain and Johannes Knutsson
  2. Working in the field: Police research in theory and in practice, David Kennedy 
  3. Getting a foot in the closed door: Practical advice for starting out in research into crime and policing issues, Ella Cockbain 
  4. Tip-toeing through the credibility mine field: Gaining social acceptance in policing research, Rick Brown 
  5. Trust me, I’m a researcher, Gloria Laycock 
  6. Organized crime research: Challenging assumptions and informing policy, Edward R. Kleemans 
  7. Practical academics: Positive outcomes of police-researcher collaborations,Tamara D. Madensen and William H. Sousa 
  8. Numbers and narratives, Eli B. Silverman 
  9. Politics, promises and problems: The rise and fall of the Swedish police evaluation unit,Johannes Knutsson 
  10. An inside job: Managing mismatched expectations and unwanted findings when conducting police research as a police officer, Stefan Holgersson 
  11. Police research as mastering the Tango: the dance and its meanings, Jack R. Greene 
  12. There is nothing so theoretical as good practice: Police-researcher coproduction of place theory, John E. Eck 
  13. There is nothing so practical as a good theory: Teacher-learner relationships in applied research for policing, Nick Tilley.


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