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A 'mirror' and a 'motor': researching and reforming policing in an age of austerity

Innes, Martin ORCID: 2010. A 'mirror' and a 'motor': researching and reforming policing in an age of austerity. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice 4 (2) , pp. 127-134. 10.1093/police/pap058

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This article explores the role of academic research in police reform efforts set against an increasingly challenging public policy funding climate. It suggests that research evidence can promote change through two principal pathways. Research as a ‘mirror’ seeks to reflect back to police the complexities of the police operating environment and how policing interventions in it are conducted, to promote enhanced understanding of their role and impacts. Alternatively, research can also function as a ‘motor’ for change, where reform is the explicit motivating intention. Drawing upon the author’s experiences, some of the challenges of developing an applied science approach are discussed and some potential solutions to these challenges described.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1752-4512
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:49

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