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 in 2015 to encourage collaboration between academia and police forces in order to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.

The Police Knowledge Fund supports the development of sustainable education and research collaborations between police forces and academic institutions in England and Wales. The fund contributes to the evidence base in priority areas of policing. It also develops the skills of frontline officers and staff, builds their knowledge and expertise about what works in policing and crime reduction, and puts it into practice.

There are three Knowledge Fund objectives.  They are to:

  • build sustained capability amongst officers and staff to understand, critique and use research, including the potential for officers and staff to carry out research and reviews of the evidence;
  • embed or accelerate understanding of crime and policing issues, and evidence based problem-solving approaches; and
  • demonstrate innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange and translation across all levels of 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, 15 bids involving 39 forces, 30 universities, the British Transport Police, Police Service Northern Ireland and the National Crime Agency, were 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.

A full list of the succcessful bids is available below.

Further information on the winning bids will be made available on their individual project pages.  The links to these pages are supplied in the table below. 

Please email knowledgefund@college.pnn.police.uk for further information.

Lead institution Collaborating partners* Project title
​​University of BedfordshirePolice: Police: Norfolk Constabulary; North Wales Police; National Network of Child Sexual Exploitation; National Policing Leads for Violence & Public Protection; Missing People and Neglect.
Other: College of Social Work; Public Health England; NSPCC; Barnardo's;  Victim Support.
​​Enhancing police responses to child sexual exploitation, through collaborative working between academic and policing at both national and regional levels
University of CambridgePolice: Bedfordshire Police; British Transport Police; City of London Police; Cheshire Constabulary; Cleveland Police; Dorset Police; Durham Constabulary; Essex Police; Greater Manchester Police; Hampshire Constabulary; Hertfordshire Constabulary; Kent Police; Lancashire Constabulary; Leicestershire Police; Thames Valley Police; South Yorkshire Police; Surrey Police; Warwickshire Police; West Mercia Police; West Midlands Police; West Yorkshire Police.​Promoting tipping points for evidence-based policing: An international centre of excellence in post-graduate police education and research
​City University LondonPolice: Metropolitan Police Service; Sussex Police.Memory evidence in the investigation of rape and serious sexual offences (including child abuse)
​University of Exeter​​Police: Devon and Cornwall Police.​​ExPERT: The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation project
​​Keele UniversityPolice: Staffordshire Police.            
Universities: Staffordshire.
​Action learning plus: Developing an action/work based learning system for improved knowledge exchange, development and implementation through partnership working
​​Leeds Beckett UniversityPolice: West Yorkshire Police.
Universities: Sheffield Hallam; Canterbury Christ Church.
Other: CENTRIC.
​An evidence-based approach to fighting cybercrime from the frontline: Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of investigating cyber enabled crime
​Liverpool John Moores University Police: Merseyside Police; Office of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.​Embedding evidence-based practice in public protection and crime prevention: A multi-disciplinary partnership
University of NorthamptonPolice: Derbyshire Constabulary; Leicestershire Police; Lincolnshire Police; Northamptonshire Police; Nottinghamshire Police.
Universities: De Montford; Loughborough; Nottingham Trent; Derby; Leicester;
Lincoln; University of Dundee.
Other: East Midlands Collaborative HR Services;  Scottish Institute for Policing Research.
​East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
​​University of NottinghamPolice: 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.  
Universities: Birmingham; Derby; Liverpool; University Campus Suffolk.
Others: Skills for Health and Justice;
Crest Analytics.
​Better Policing Collaborative
​​The Open University​​Police: Avon and Somerset Police; Dorset Police; Gloucestershire Constabulary; Greater Manchester Police; Gwent Police; Humberside Police; Lancashire Constabulary; Metropolitan Police Service; Thames Valley Police; Police Service Northern Ireland.
Other: National Crime Agency.
​Centre for Policing Research and Learning
University of SheffieldPolice: South Yorkshire Police and PCC; West Yorkshire Police and PCC; Humberside Police and PCC.
Universities:  University of Leeds
Other:  REMEDI
​Developing restorative policing: using the evidence base to inform the delivery of restorative justice and improving engagement with victims
University of Sussex​​Police: Metropolitan Police Service.
Other: Demos; Palantir Technologies;
CASM Consulting.
​​Policing Hate Crime: Modernising the craft, an evidence based approach
Universities Police Science Institute, Cardiff UniversityPolice: National Counter-Terrorism Functions Command; South Wales Police; West Midlands Police; Surrey Police; Sussex Police.
Other: Cardiff Council; Safer Sutton Partnership.
​OSCAR Development Centre: Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research
University of York Police: North Yorkshire Police.
Other: City of York Council; Selby District Council; North Yorkshire County Council; Public Health in North Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services; North Yorkshire and York Forum; York Teaching Hospital.
Co-production of policing evidence, research and training: Focus on mental health

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