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NCJ Number: 118602 Find in a Library
Title: Why Should the Police Use Police Research? (From Police Research: Some Future Prospects, P 35-44, 1989, Mollie Weatheritt, ed. - See NCJ-118600)
Author(s): M Weatheritt
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR, England
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Gower House, Croft Road,
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of the methodology and conclusions of police research in the United Kingdom indicates that such research tends to promote self-serving organizational ends rather than the objective evaluation of innovative operations.
Abstract: The research areas examined pertain to operations that involved more and better locks to prevent residential burglary, informal reparation in an effort to reduce vandalism, the use of a crime prevention support unit, situational crime prevention, and policing by objectives. The analysis of each of these research projects focused on how the initial policing problem was defined using what sort of information; how solutions were determined; how the solutions were implemented and the difficulties encountered; and how the effects of the solutions were assessed based on what kinds of information. The analysis found that virtually all the research was used to legitimate the activity to which it was addressed rather than to evaluate it critically. The evaluations lacked critical distance from what they studied and often presented police activity from the best possible perspective. 5 notes, 16 references.
Main Term(s): Police research
Index Term(s): Research uses in policymaking; United Kingdom (UK)
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