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Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference

 How the evidence base can inform policing and law enforcement’. The conference brought together sworn and unsworn officers from state, territory and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies, researchers and others who work with law enforcement to reduce crime and improve community safety. Other delegates represented international organisations including the US National Institute of Justice, the Thailand Institute of Justice, the Korean Institute of Criminology and several United Nations bodies. The keynote speakers were Sergeant Renée Mitchell from the American Society of Evidence Based Policing, Dr Geoffrey Barnes of the Western Australia Police Force, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle from the University of Queensland, and Professor Gloria Laycock of University College London. Major sponsors for the conference included the Department of Home Affairs, AUSTRAC, and the Western Australia Police Force. AIC Deputy Director Rick Brown gave the opening address, while Anthony Morgan presented findings from research into outlaw motorcycle gangs, Christopher Dowling presented on the accuracy of and improvements to ACT Policing’s Family Violence Risk Assessment Tool and Hayley Boxall led a discussion about focused deterrence approaches to domestic violence in the United States and recommended a pilot in Australia. The AIC worked with ANZSEBP to promote evidence-based policing to a wider audience, resulting in more than 180 people attending the conference, more than double the previous year’s figure. Feedback on the conference was very positive. Three-quarters of those who completed the evaluation survey said the conference was useful to their current role, and more than nine in 10 said they would recommend it to others.