30 July 2015

Police Knowledge Fund - Successful bids announced

The College of Policing has announced the 14 successful bids for the Police Knowledge Fund.

The College of Policing, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Home Office launched the £10m Police Knowledge Fund earlier this year to encourage collaboration between academia and police forces in order to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.

Academic institutions, in partnership with police forces and other agencies, were able to bid for a share of the money to fund evidence-based approaches to problems faced by those on the frontline and to increase the flow of research in fighting crime.

Following a rigorous assessment process, 14 bids involving 39 forces and the British Transport Police have been awarded funding. The successful bids range from the establishment of collaborations to achieve evidence-based regional and national centres for professional development to key strategic areas of policing to innovative research work in areas such as cybercrime, mental health issues and digital policing strategies.

College of Policing Director of Knowledge Research and Education, Rachel Tuffin, said: "We received 72 excellent bids and it was great to see the appetite out there for improving policing through research and evidence-based practice for officers and staff.

"The successful bidders have presented a wide range of ideas and initiatives aimed at building the evidence base in policing to help frontline officers and staff develop their skills and knowledge, and covering topics from digital forensics to improving the response on mental health.

"I'm looking forward to seeing these 14 bids put into practice and continuing to develop and promote what really works in policing and crime reduction."

For more information about the fund and a full list of the successful bids, visit the Police Knowledge Fund  page.