2011 Evidence-Based Policing Workshop

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) at George Mason University, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, hosted a one-day executive leadership training session on August 15, 2011 on “Evidence-Based Policing and Police Leadership.” The purpose of this workshop was to provide police leaders access to specialized training on definitions, concrete examples, and concerns and challenges of evidence-based policing. This successful event drew participants from 30 police agencies and five research groups. The video-taped presentations, the workbook provided to participants, and extra resources are presented to the law enforcement community on this page. We welcome your suggestions and comments at cebcp@gmu.edu .

Special thanks to Synthesis Multimedia Productions for videotaping the presentations.

Download entire workshop workbook or see below for specific workbook sections.

1. Evidence-Based Policing Matrix

Cynthia Lum: “The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix”


Howard Veigas: “Assessing the Evidence-Base of Strategies and Tactics of Uniformed Patrol in Derbyshire Police”

Evidence-Based Policing Matrix Resources:

2. Hot Spots and Problem-Oriented Policing

Christopher Koper: “The Use of Patrol and Problem-Solving at Crime Hot Spots: A Review of the Evidence”


Hassan Aden: “Crime Reduction Areas: Hotspots in Alexandria”


Jeff Egge: “Efforts to Institutionalize Evidence-Based Practices in Minneapolis”

Other Resources:

3. COMPSTAT and Community-Oriented Policing

James Willis: “Reforming to Change (and not preserve): What can Compstat and Community Policing Teach us About Integrating Innovations?”


Commentary by Darrel Stephens

Other Resources:

4. Conducting High Quality Evaluations in Police Agencies

David Weisburd: “Science in Policing”


Renée Mitchell: “An Example of Incorporating Science into Policing: A Hot Spots Experiment in the Sacramento Police Department”

Other Resources:

5. Harnessing Science to the Craft of Policing

Stephen Mastrofski: “Harnessing Science to Policing: Meeting Some Challenges of Evidence-Based Policing”


Douglas Keen


Commentary by Peter Neyroud

Other Resources:

6. Translating Research into Practice

John Kapinos and Cynthia Lum: “Incorporating Research into Planning and Development”


Other Resources: