Implementing Evidence-Based Policing: Lessons from the LEADS Program

Implementing Evidence-Based Policing: Lessons from the LEADS Program
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-03-28
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Implementing Evidence-Based Policing: Lessons from the LEADS Program
Unit 2 Workbook: Implementing Evidence-Based Policing: Lessons from the LEADS Program
Unit 3 Recording: Implementing Evidence-Based Policing: Lessons from the LEADS Program

Evidence-based methods have been utilized in medicine and sciences for a significant time and it has resulted in desirable results. Evidence-based policing is a practice that is being embraced by the National Institute of Justice’s research and development branch and is being promoted through their Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Program.

On this course, two LEADS scholars serve as the key resources to talk about evidence-based policing. First is Shon Barnes, he is currently the Deputy Chief of the Salisbury Police Department. He’s worked in law enforcement for 2 decades with extensive experience in police leadership having worked in patrol, operational support, and training. Meanwhile, Daniel Stewart is the Captain for the Oklahoma City PD and is currently assigned to the Administration Bureau overseeing planning and research, fleet management, staff inspections, and CALEA accreditation. He’s likewise worked in various law enforcement branches including patrol, field training, and operations.

Shon and Dan will be discussing evidence-based policing and how to implement and sustain them in your own agency. Some of the points tackled on this webinar are:

  • A background on the National Institute of Justice, its Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program, and the application process to become a LEADS scholar.
  • Definitions of evidence-based policing that highlight the important elements of human experience, empirical evidence, and the best available research.
  • Steps to implement evidence-based policing, juxtaposed to evidence-based medicine.
  • The significant qualities of evidence-based policing:
    • Proactive where preventive and pre-emptive is better than reactive response to calls for service.
    • Tailored and focused where the response must be grounded on historical data from your specific agency.
    • Place-oriented that recognizes how crime concentrates by place.
  • The challenges that your agency might encounter when introducing and implementing evidence-based policing.
    • Supervision which necessitates leadership buy-in and support.
    • Integrating evidence-based policing in performance measures.
    • Making sense of insights from available data.
  • Sustaining evidence-based policing by looking at the Oklahoma City Police Department model.
    • The questions that they asked that helped to get started and define their goals based on the data available.
    • Applying evidence-based policing on both administrative operations and crime reduction.
    • Creating the appropriate position and finding the right person with the suitable skill.
  • Designing the Business Intelligence Specialist role for Oklahoma City PD by defining the job requirements, description, and the goal of the position.
  • Some of the questions raised during the Q&A include:
    • Eligibility of non-sworn law enforcement staff to the LEADS scholars program.
    • Getting leadership buy-in on evidence-based policing.
    • The job description of a business intelligence analyst as opposed to a crime analyst.
    • Low-cost and no-cost alternatives to data processing for smaller agencies.
    • How evidence-based policing can apply to agencies of varying sizes, capabilities, experience, and leadership.
    • The stakeholders when operationalizing research into policies.


Other Webinars in this Series are:

April 24: Contemporary Police Responses to Addiction

July 11: Police-Led Field Experiments



As a program supported by the National Institute of Justice, The LEADS Scholars program grew out of a desire to support and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership in America. The LEADS Scholars program offers immeasurable benefit both to both scholars and their agencies. With NIJ advisory and research support, LEADS scholars have designed and conducted studies to help their agencies identify and solve major challenges through research. The program provides officers with professional development, mentorship, and networking opportunities, and NIJ provides editorial support in publishing and promoting research.




This webinar has been presented in partnership with the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners. IALEP is a member-governed organization for people working in, or interested in, planning, policy, budget, performance measurement, analysis, research, and other related functions for criminal justice agencies.




Audience Feedback:

  • “Learning a new evidenced-based paradigm for policing was very informative. It was very well done by both expert presenters. As a researcher, I will be interested to see how this data-driven approach impacts the field. Thank you for the presentation today.” — Anthony
  • “Key points such as the presentation of new implementation ideas, methods, backed by research for success. Great to know and hear that there are other departments that have succeeded in adding research and data analysis to the mission plan.” — Angelica
  • “We have implemented some of the LEADS tips …Excellent results.” — Bob


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