An Evaluation of the Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) by US Police Agencies

Dr Garth den Heyer1

1Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA


This study used a 27-question electronic survey was sent to the 780 US police agencies that serve jurisdictions of more than 50,000 residents to examine the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policing (EBP) and its effect it has had on the delivery of police services and in the confidence in the police by the public. The study revealed that although the majority of agencies were aware of EBP, few understood how it could be used to improve their services, supported the use of research in policing and just over half supported police officers pursuing higher education.


Dr. Garth den Heyer is a Professor with Arizona State University and Senior Research Fellow with the US National Police Foundation. He is also a contributing faculty member at Walden University and an Associate with the Scottish Institute of Policing Research. He served with the New Zealand Police for 38 years, retiring as an Inspector. His main research interests are policing, counter-terrorism and homeland security, police militarization, service delivery effectiveness; strategic thinking, organizational reform and transnational gangs.