Evidence map of police bias

Dr Lisa Tompson1, Dr Simon Davies1, Mallory Dobner3, Taryn Farr1, Michaela  Sibbald2, Daniel Jones2, Hilary  Pinion2

1Nz Institute For Security & Crime Science, Hamilton, New Zealand
2University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
3Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

‘Understanding Policing Delivery’ is a long-term research programme, begun in 2021, that focuses on where bias may exist within NZ Police policies, processes, and practices. This is to ensure that the delivery of policing services in Aotearoa New Zealand is fair, impartial, ethical and just.

Te Puna Haumaru NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato is conducting independent research that contributes towards this programme of work. The first stage of this research is a stocktake of the evidence that already exists on where bias may be occurring in policing and why. This presentation will focus on the evidence map that is being generated of the international literature in this area.

Evidence and gap maps are a systematic evidence synthesis product which display the available evidence relevant to a specific research question. They are gaining popularity as a scoping method for identifying what kinds of evidence exist on a topic, and where there are gaps in knowledge that need to be filled with new research. In this presentation the systematic methods that were used in this research will be outlined, and preliminary findings will be shared. This includes some of the theories that have been proposed overseas that account for police bias in those jurisdictions, and some of the methodological challenges in researching how bias manifests in police officers’ decision-making.


Bio to come


Dec 10 2021