Better Policing Collaborative


Lead institution
University of Nottingham

Project contact
Professor Eddie Kane

Collaborating partners


* ​Dorset Police
* Gwent Police
* Hertfordshire Constabulary
* Kent Police
* Lancashire Constabulary
* Merseyside Police
* Norfolk Constabulary
* Staffordshire Police
* Suffolk Constabulary
* Sussex Police
* Warwickshire Police
* West Mercia Police
* West Midlands Police    

* University of Birmingham
* University of Derby
* University of Liverpool
* University Campus Suffolk

​* Skills for Health and Justice 
* Crest Analytics


Summary of activities
The Forces, the Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and the academic partners have selected the following project areas for this programme:

Research and evaluation

  • Mental health and policing:  This will involve two projects: (i) review of mental health intervention in policing; (ii) evaluation of recently introduced intervention pilots in partner forces.
  • Systematic evidence review of cyber-crime;
  • Domestic violence:  Data and evidence review and evaluation of current approaches;
  • Organised crime.

Providing an academic resource for emerging challenges
This resource is focussed through the following work packages:

  • conducting evidence-based assessments and designing 'what works' strategies;
  • intervention trials and evaluations;
  • employing existing data to inform problem identification, response planning, strategy and tactics.

Developing tools
As well as the above projects we aim to develop tools to assist in the following specific areas:

  • Developing links between a Data Visualisation Tool and an Evidence Typology;
  • CASPER - a computer assisted search prioritisation and environmental response system (CASPER) for missing adults;
  • Developing a Missing Children Risk Algorithm;
  • KIRAT risk assessment tool to assist police in identifying which indecent image of children (IIOC) offenders are at greater risk of also committing contact sexual offences;
  • CSE Target Prioritisation Tool;
  • Outline of a knowledge exchange hub.


To support these aims we will provide:

  • an evidence-based policing awareness course alongside a train the trainers programme;
  • a series of training, seminars and workshops on: research, evidence and evaluation; security threats; child protection and missing children;
  • access to the 7@7 Officer Engagement Programme - a quick and cost effective operational training programme that can be incorporated into existing professional frameworks and procedures;
  • Knowledge exchange.


Benefits to frontline policing
The work of the BPC provides a number of benefits to Forces and OPCCs at every level, building their capacity to use and apply EBP practice in their work. Co-production of knowledge is central to the way we approach this work. Both academia and police benefit through creating a body of knowledge that can be translated into practice and the wider community benefits through improved public safety. The use and application of evidence-based practice across different areas of pressing concern to the public will lead to a safer community, improve outcomes for victims of crime and lead to more effective offender management.

Specific benefits include:

  • Reductions in risk (and cost) of repeating mistakes or continuing with unproven strategies and tactics;
  • Developing new tools and capabilities that will enable more effective use of professional networks, ensuring more time spent on action vs. information aggregation;
  • Provision of structured learning that will equip police officers at all levels with knowledge and skills linked to evidence that can be practically applied in their day-to-day work;
  • Contribute to securing EBP leadership succession through the development of an increasing number of EBP orientated staff; 
  • Collate and present evidence that helps influence policymakers to support Forces and PCCs to be smart on crime as well as tough on crime; 
  • Develop the 'softer' skills of Officers and measure personal outcomes such as confidence, trust, aspiration and empowerment.

Better Policing Collaborative Research Projects