Evidence Based Policing is a method of policing that recognises that experience and intuition are crucial, while officers should be equipped with reliable and recent scientific knowledge relevant to their work. “In other words, it is the outcome of scientific testing of clinical experience” Dr Stefan Schulz, Deputy Director at the Department of Social Sciences, said. Dr Andrew Faull, a Senior Researcher from the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa also remarked that “evidence-based policing supports and complements discretion and experience – but never replaces it”.
This is because police operations are often guided by a degree of somewhat refined everyday knowledge held by an officer. Thus, professional experience and intuition are crucial. However, without careful study it is not clear if it is coherent, logical, or based on a scientific understanding of empirical data. “The professionalisation of the police is obviously a high-ranking strategic objective,” Dr Schulz explained. Deliberations on hosting quarterly webinars are ongoing, while the next webinar can be expected at the end of October 2021.
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