It was as a young neighbourhood officer, newly arrived on my ward and faced with seemingly intractable antisocial behaviour and drug dealing, that I first came across evidence-based policing.
Frustrated with traditional tactics, which only moved the problem on, I began to look for approaches that would actually work. I came across the newly founded UK Society of Evidence Based Policing and discovered a solution, which I was able to implement, and which made a real difference to those I served.
Six years later, as an employee of the Police Foundation, I’m proud to be helping to bring evidence-based policing to a worldwide audience through supporting the inaugural Conference of the Global Collaboration of Evidence Based Policing. A joint venture between the Societies of Evidence Based Policing in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada, the global conference will put frontline officers, as I was, in touch with practitioners from all over the world who seek to make a positive impact in communities by researching, producing and sharing the best evidence.
On October 11 and 12, speakers from Australia to the United States, Brazil to Belgium, will take to the virtual stage to share their experience of researching and implementing operationally focused and police-led strategies to tackle complex crime and policing challenges.
Over 24-hours attendees will hear from more than 60 presenters including Assistant Commissioner Deborah Platz (Queensland Police), Assistant Commissioner Bruce O’Brien (NZ Police), Dr David Weisburd (George Mason University, USA & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Prof Larry Sherman (University of Cambridge, UK), Detective Supt. Greg Williams (NZ Police), Prof Lorraine Mazerolle (University of Queensland, Australia), Rachel Tuffin (College of Policing, UK), Prof Tom Kirchmaier (London School of Economics, UK), Dr Barak Ariel (University of Cambridge, UK & The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Staff Sergeant Natalie Hiltz (Peel Police, Canada). More details of the programme can be found here.
Some key findings to be shared during this 24-hour broadcast include
- Dr Tim Cubitt (Aus) on how data science will tell you whether you have bad apples, barrels or orchards.
- Prof David Weisburd (Israel/USA) gives the definitive answer to what works to build trust and cut crime.
- Prof Larry Sherman (UK) on just what is the right amount of policing
Broadcasting will start in New Zealand in the morning of 12th October 2022 at 8am, which will be 8pm on October 11th in the UK, 3pm on the 11th in New York and 12 noon in Los Angeles. It will run for a continuous 24 hours from then. Teams on night or day shifts or people on leave, in study or at work can use the virtual conference platform to connect and communicate with the speakers and their fellow conference attendees throughout.
In addition to the online event, participants in the UK will be able to attend a studio audience event at the Kia Oval in London on October 12 from 9.30am, where they will be able to network and discuss policing matters with a range of attendees in person.
The conference is open to employees of policing agencies, researchers, students and representatives from other agencies working in partnership with the police and their agencies to reduce crime and improve community safety. Participants will be able to consume all 24 hours of content live and for six months afterwards, so they can review and re-watch the sessions of particular relevance to them.
Police departments and other organisations such as government agencies, universities or the private sector are able to sign up their entire workforce to attend this online event. Workforces from the following jurisdictions already have unlimited access: Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Essex, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Merseyside, MOPAC, the Met, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Staffordshire, Thames Valley, West Mercia, Isle of Man, National Police Chiefs’ Council, College of Policing, British Transport Police, ESR, The Netherlands, Pacific Island Chiefs of Police, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, New Zealand Police, Victoria Police. If you are a team member for these jurisdictions register here using your official email address. To join these jurisdictions contact for a tailored package.
Individuals whose organisations have not applied for unlimited access can nevertheless register for the event by visiting globalebpconference.com/registration.