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Term of the Month

Defining Criminal Justice Research

Welcome to NIJ’s Term of the Month. Each month we are featuring a term from our scientific research portfolios informing significant American justice system issues and solutions. Along with a definition, we are providing links to related resources — publications, videos, etc. — that illuminate the featured term.

February 2021 — Evidence-Based Policing

Using data, analysis, and research to complement experience and professional judgment, in order to provide the best possible police service to the public.

Evidence-Based Policing refers to scientific evidence, not evidence in the legal or investigative sense.

NIJ Resources:

Research for the Real World - Evidence-Based Policing: The Importance of Research and Evidence, July 2018
Date Created: January 28, 2021