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Re-engineering Policing


Our Re-engineering Policing programme enables executives to transform police agencies to greatly enhance performance. Delving into the management of all aspects of police operations, the programme presents the Cambridge system for giving police executives direct control over everything police do. Rejecting the last century’s industrial model of a police call centre assembly line, the programme shows participants how to balance competing priorities at all times with a single, evidence-based decision-making unit for assigning all resources.

Police around the world rely on telephone call centres to serve as the "brain" of police operations, deciding where and when to send the majority of police officers on duty at any time. This "phone-a-cop" system places effective control of police resources in the hands of under-trained and inexperienced personnel. By processing each call in isolation, that system offers little room for integrating proactive crime prevention efforts with reactive citizen contact. That system also fails to make use of modern smart phone audio and video technology, providing instant face-to-face contact between police and callers, which can save time wasted in traffic or travelling to far-flung locations.

Re-engineering Policing is a three-day programme that provides police leaders, elected officials, government Ministers, senior civil servants, manufacturers of police technologies, corporate security and safeguarding executives, police educators and police labour leaders a new plan for increasing public safety. Addressing both the policy-makers and the technicians who can implement the CAM system, this introductory programme can be supplemented by advanced classes and field visits.


  • Problems and solutions in policing
  • Implementing algorithms
  • Blending experience with data
  • Dealing with pushback


  • Provides a new strategic plan for increasing public safety
  • Creates a unified command and control centre led by very senior police officers
  • Integrates proactive and reactive police operations, both tactically and strategically
  • Uses algorithmic forecasting to identify highest risks of high harm
  • Uses better crime and harm prediction to create better crime and harm prevention
  • Helps to detect undetected crimes, from domestic abuse to human trafficking
  • Identifies and manages gaps in protection on a minute-by-minute basis
  • Enables police leaders, elected officials, government ministers, senior civil servants, manufacturers of police technologies, corporate security and safeguarding executives, police educators and police labour leaders to transform police agencies for greatly enhanced performance.

Who should attend

Police leaders, elected officials, government ministers, senior civil servants, manufacturers of police technologies, corporate security and safeguarding executives and police educators who require a new plan for increasing public safety. Policy-makers and those technicians who are able to implement changes in the processes of policing will also benefit from attending this programme. 

Faculty & speakers

Lawrence Sherman

Director of the Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing

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Professor Lawrence W. Sherman is Chair of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, which has over 1,000 alumni serving in police leadership positions around the world. After beginning his career as an analyst in the New York City Police Department, he earned his PhD from Yale University, and holds honorary doctorates from Stockholm and Denison Universities. While leading experiments in over 40 police agencies in 10 countries, he founded the new movement for “evidence-based” policing, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing.   

Sherman has conducted field experiments on finding more effective ways to reduce homicide, gun violence, domestic violence, robbery, burglary, and other crime problems, in collaboration with such agencies as the Metropolitan, Northumbria and Thames Valley Police, London’s Crown Courts, HM Prisons, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, and the National Probation Service, as well as 30 US police agencies and the Australian Federal Police. Since 2005, he has been developing new “Big Data” tools for predicting risk of serious harm by arrested offenders, as well as randomised trials on how to prevent that harm. The former President of the American Society of Criminology, he holds medals awarded by the King of Sweden, Yale University, and the (UK) Royal Society of Arts.    

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
21-23 March 2019 3 days £1,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £1,995 + 20% = £2,394

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Allison Wheeler-Heau

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