What Works Centre News Updates

Researching the pandemic 05 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated new research activity relating to its impact on policing, crime patterns and some of the wider social and public health issues. Summaries of several of these projects can be found on our Research Map.

College bursary 2020 opens for applications 09 March 2020

Today, we are launching our fifth bursary scheme giving police officers and staff across England and Wales the opportunity to apply for financial support towards their higher education fees.

Police Rewired and Hack the Police 26 February 2020

Lewis Westbury has been a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police Service since 2009. A year ago he took a career break to establish and run the Police Rewired community. Here he tells us about their aims and some of their work with the police.

Reviewing the reviews: How to maximise learning from adverse incidents to improve police responses to vulnerability 10 February 2020

Dr. Debbie Allnock is a social researcher at the University of Bedfordshire and is working on the Vulnerability and Violent Crime Programme. Here she discusses her work examining police practice in a range of reviews of significant harm and death.

Body movement in water study provides help for police search teams and advisors 03 February 2020

Sgt Lorna Dennison-Wilkins is a police search advisor at Sussex Police and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Dundee with funding from the College bursary scheme. Here she tells us about her unique research into the movement of bodies in water.

Innovation starts with ideas… and ideas need a home! 14 January 2020

Rob Flanagan was appointed as the Innovation and Knowledge Sharing Manager at the College of Policing in July 2019, here he tells us about the new National Map of Police Ideas.

Building the evidence base: Vulnerability and serious violence 09 January 2020

The Vulnerability and Violent Crime Programme (VVCP) was launched by the College and the National Police Chiefs’ Council in 2018 to develop the evidence base around effective policing approaches to reducing vulnerability and serious violence.