Crime science series (Routledge (Firm)) ; 16.
"This book is dedicated to applied research into policing, its characteristics, challenges and opportunities. It focuses on the process of conducting research that can usefully inform policy and practice. Despite growing demand for such evidence, remarkably little has been written about the theory and practice of applied police research. This edition is designed to fill this gap, providing a valuable resource for those interested in academia-police collaborations. The book comprises a carefully curated selection of reflective contributions from some of the world's leading applied police researchers and some emerging talent. Together, the authors have almost 300 years of police research experience across countries including America, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Their contributions span a broad and novel spectrum of issues, including: initiating and maintaining effective collaborations; promoting knowledge-exchange between police and researchers; using theory to inform practice and vice versa; conducting policy-relevant research; managing ethical dilemmas; and conducting research inside and outside police organisations. Although not a traditional methods book, the volume contains both practical everyday advice and calls for more fundamental programmes of change. This book sheds new light on long-neglected areas of theory and practice. It is expected to interest a broad and international audience, including: academics and police instructors; university students and police cadets; police officers and analysts; senior police management; and government policy-makers and research funders"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Introduction / Ella Cockbain and Johannes Knutsson 2. Working in the field : police research in theory and in practice / David Kennedy 3. Getting a foot in the closed door : practical advice for starting out in research into crime and policing issues / Ella Cockbain 4. Tip-toeing through the credibility mine field : gaining social acceptance in policing research / Rick Brown 5. Trust me, I'm a researcher / Gloria Laycock 6. Organized crime research : challenging assumptions and informing policy / Edward R. Kleemans 7. Practical academics : positive outcomes of police-researcher collaborations / Tamara D. Madensen and William H. Sousa 8. Numbers and narratives / Eli B. Silverman 9. Politics, promises and problems : the rise and fall of the Swedish police evaluation unit / Johannes Knutsson 10. An inside job : managing mismatched expectations and unwanted findings when conducting police research as a police officer / Stefan Holgersson 11. Police research as mastering the tango : the dance and its meanings / Jack R. Greene 12. There is nothing so theoretical as good practice : police-researcher coproduction of place theory / John E. Eck 13. There is nothing so practical as a good theory : teacher-learner relationships in applied research for policing / Nick Tilley.