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    Views from the frontline: graduate police recruits on the status of evidence-based practice

    Hunter, Gillian and May, Tiggey (2020) Views from the frontline: graduate police recruits on the status of evidence-based practice. Policing 14 (1), pp. 91-103. ISSN 1752-4512.

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    This paper presents findings from in-depth interviews with 30 police recruits participating in a national two-year graduate training programme. Police Now comprises a six-week training course followed by a neighbourhood policing post where operational skills are developed, and recruits are encouraged to apply problem-solving and evidence-based approaches to police work. This research was undertaken as part of a project to inform the development and implementation of the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) into policing. We explore interviewees’ perceptions about the value placed by police colleagues on evidence-based practice and how different responses to EBP were ‘managed’ by interviewees. Findings show a largely disengaged attitude towards research, creating disconnect between ‘classroom’ emphasis and practice experience. Interviewees’ accounts of their first months in force show potential for rejection of training ideals but also willingness to challenge the perceived status quo regarding evidence-based practice. We reflect on the implications of findings for introducing the DHEP.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Tiggey May
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 10:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:50


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