Using "knowledge transfer": Process, methods and local police perspectives on community policing

Alistair Henry, Simon Mackenzie

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We report on the development of knowledge transfer activities in the first year of a three-year project on community policing. Knowledge transfer involves a two-way information flow. The police learn from academics about theories of community policing, the ‘what works’ evidence base, and useful practitioner research methods. Academics learn from the police about the practical routines involved in community policing, the culture of doing this kind of policing, the organisational norms and other considerations which either support or challenge the implementation of community policing, and individual subjective-level perceptions and experiences of life on the beat. We have adopted a participant-based research method called ‘systematic self observation’ in order to try to capture community officers’ own reflections on their role. We explain this method and our use of it, arguing that with proper planning and appropriate methodological rigour the processes of knowledge transfer can be used as highly effective research tools rather than - or perhaps as well as - being only about encouraging discourse between academics and practitioners in one of the manifestations of a public criminology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2009


  • Knowledge transferCommunity policing

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