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Evidence-Based Policing: The Basics

Jerry H. Ratcliffe, 2023

Routledge Publishing: London

What is evidence-based policing and how is it done? This book provides an answer to both questions, offering an introduction for undergraduate students and a hands-on guide for police officers wanting to know how to put principles into practice. It serves as a gentle introduction to the terminology, ideas, and scientific methods associated with evidence-based policy, and outlines some of the existing policing applications.

Introductory chapters summarize evidence-based policy and its goals and origins. The core of the book eases the reader through a range of practical chapters that answer questions many people have about evidence-based practice in policing. What does good science look like? How do I find reliable research? How do I evaluate research? What is a hypothesis? How do randomized experiments work?  The final chapters outline different ways to publish research, discuss concerns around evidence-based policing, and ask what is in the future for this emerging field. This practical guide is the most accessible introduction to evidence-based policing available. It is essential reading for policing students and police professionals alike.

Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders

Jerry H. Ratcliffe, 2019

Routledge Publishing: London

How do I reduce crime in my police command? How do I tackle chronic crime problems? How do I address the long-term issues that have plagued my community? How do I analyze crime and criminal behavior? How do I show evidence of success in crime reduction? What works, what doesn’t, and how do we know?

Providing answers to these questions and more, this engaging and accessible book offers a foundation for leadership in modern policing. Blending concepts from crime science, environmental criminology, and the latest research in evidence-based policing, the book draws on examples from around the world

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Foot Patrol: Rethinking the Cornerstone of Policing

Jerry H. Ratcliffe and Evan T. Sorg, 2017

springer Criminology Briefs

This short book reviews the history of foot patrol and the recent, research-driven resurgence of foot patrol in places such as Philadelphia. It summarizes and critiques existing literature on the subject, examining the efficacy of foot patrol.

Four years after the seminal Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment, the lead author of that seminal experiment explores its findings, together with the findings of the Philadelphia Policing Tactics Experiment, and examines their differences. This work also explores officer experiences with foot patrol. This book concludes with policy recommendations about foot patrol, when and how to implement it, and the benefits it can add to a police department.


Intelligence-Led Policing (2nd edition)

Jerry H. Ratcliffe, 2016

Routledge Publishing: London

What is intelligence-led policing? Who came up with the idea? Where did it come from? How does it relate to other policing paradigms? What distinguishes an intelligence-led approach to crime reduction? How is it designed to have an impact on crime? Does it prevent crime? These are just a few of the questions that this book seeks to answer.

This revised and updated second edition includes new case studies and viewpoints, a revised crime funnel based on new data, and a new chapter examining the expanding role of technology and big data in intelligence-led policing. Most importantly, the author builds upon an updated definition of intelligence-led policing as it has evolved into a framework capable of encompassing more operational police activity than simply organized crime and recidivist offenders.


Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence (2nd edition)

Jerry H. Ratcliffe (editor), 2009

Federation Press, Sydney

Drawing on the expertise of some of the foremost practitioners and academics in the area of strategic criminal intelligence from both the UK and Australia, this text addresses the way that law enforcement agencies establish their priorities in the face of a dynamic and complex criminal environment.

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