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:
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, 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.
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