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Knowledge into practice

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The Centre’s range of innovative knowledge exchange activities are designed to maximise learning between members of the police, between police organisations, and between the police and academics. Activities include:

  • Evidence cafés designed as informal opportunities for front-line police to explore how research evidence in particular fields might help their work and what might be some of the barriers or problems in using it in practice.
  • Peer learning visits that enable police to learn from best and promising practices across the private, public and voluntary sectors and crucially to bring that learning home and to adapt it to local circumstances.
  • Regular conferences and workshops, often with visiting international scholars, help keep knowledge up to date.
  • Secondment of police officers and staff as Senior Practitioner Fellowships enables police to work in research teams to both contribute to the research and reinforce its use back in their police force.

One way to encourage evidence-based practice is to read reports, executive summaries and academic papers, which are available in the Publications library. Another way is to review texts, videos and podcasts in the Open Educational Resources, which are available here

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Evidence café

Evidence Cafés

Evidence Cafés are characterised by the ‘knowledge exchange’ (not presentation!) between academics and frontline police officers. They may be facilitated by an Evidence-Based Champion from the host force. 

Peer learning visit

Peer Learning Visits

Peer learning visits involve visits by representatives of police forces to areas of interest and promising practice either within police forces or other public, private or third sector organisations with lessons to offer police and public services generally.

People resources

Evidence-Based Champions and PoliceMentor

Evidence-Based Champions (EBCs) are individuals at any level of the organisation who initiate, facilitate and implement change. The Centre suggests there are four levels of EBC: Individual, National/Organisational, Role and Local


Invitation to The Steven Chase Memorial Lecture

On Thursday 15 June 2023 we will be holding the inaugural Steven Chase Memorial Lecture. This is named after the former Chair of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning at The Open University.

16th May 2023
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Upcoming Events

Jun 15

Membership Group Meeting - in-person

Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 10:30 to 16:00

Steven Chase Memorial Lecture

Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 16:30 to 18:00

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