SEBP Winter Conference 2019
If you had to design policing from scratch what would you do?
13th and 14th March 2019, London
This conference was hosted by the Society for Evidence Based Policing in conjunction with the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL.
Policing is changing. Part of that change is the result of external circumstances and partly the result of internal reflection and a desire to improve the service that we offer to the communities – local, national and global– that rely on us. This conference was for all those who are involved in policing and/or have an interest in shaping the future of the service.
This unique event looked at critical questions such as:
What does the evidence base look like for interventions that we routinely use in battling crime?
What do we forecast to be the greatest crime challenges in the near future?
How should we design policing to be most effective in battling those challenges?
How do we continually test and learn?
The conference brought together leading police practitioners, policy-makers, private sector organisations and researchers to promote interaction, inspiration and innovation. Professor Lawrence Sherman from Cambridge University opened proceedings by laying down the challenges in this critical space, and Chief Constable Sara Thornton reflected on the obstacles that stand in the way of policing becoming more evidence based. The programme included presentations and discussion from practitioners and academics presenting some of the latest evidence in this area, including an analysis of case studies. The objective of the event was to spark discussion and reflection on police practise, collaboration between forces and between police and other stakeholders such as academia, and to ensure that all those who attended left with a desire to approach their mission in a new and different way.