This chapter explores theoretically and empirically the potential impact on policy of research into the police. An argument is developed for oscillating between different levels of theory, different styles of research, and different settings within which to influence policy. In particular it is argued that critical/theoretical research and policy-led evaluations may complement each other. The former can inform the latter, and the results of the latter may confirm, refute, or call for modification of the positions taken in the former.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Forester's Dilemma: The Influence of Police Research on Police Practice|
|Title of host publication||The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy|
|Editors||Lucia Zedner, Andrew Ashworth|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Pages||333 - 375|
|Number of pages||43|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|