About Us

Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP)

The Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP) was formed in April 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. The ANZSEBP is a police practitioner-led Society. The mission of the ANZSEBP is to develop, disseminate and advocate for police to use scientific research (“the evidence”) to guide best practice in all aspects of policing. The ANZSEBP Chairperson serves on the Executive Board of the British Society of Evidence Based Policing, ensuring that the ANZSEBP works cooperatively with an international group of police to advance evidence based policing.

The Society comprises both full members (current, serving police officers in Australia and New Zealand) and honorary members including police staff members (non-sworn), research professionals and others who aim to make evidence based approaches part of everyday policing in Australia and New Zealand.

The Society is made up of police officers, police staff, and research professionals who aim to make evidence-based police practice part of everyday policing in Australia and New Zealand. The Society advocates that all aspects of policing including police patrols, investigations, crime prevention, human resource management, and all other forms of service delivery should be evaluated using sound, scientific methods and used when the evaluation evidence shows that the police practice works to control or prevent crime and disorder or enhance quality of life.

Please take the time to watch this short video that emphasises the importance and key ideas behind an evidence-based approach to policing.

Our Strategy

build understanding and increase application

The society creates awareness and understanding of evidence that helps to improve police practice.

Our Strategic Intent

Raise awareness of the value of evidence-based practice by supporting police to build their capacity and capability to access research expertise and presenting the implications of research findings for police practice and policy.

shape, support and share

The society shapes and supports the production of new evidence.

Our Strategic Intent

Encourage and enable researchers and police to produce rigorous and timely research that can then be made available to all police agencies.

facilitate collaborative partnerships

The society creates and facilitates collaborative partnerships that further the use and application of evidence.

Our Strategic Intent

Support the development of collaborative research projects and initiatives by building and strengthening partnerships across academia and policing.


Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) is the inaugural patron for the Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

Sir Angus appreciates the importance of an evidence-based policing approach and supports the development of capabilities to improve evidence-based police practice.

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