What Works Centre News Updates

Taking the long view: Policing into 2040 10 August 2020

A new report has been published which aims to encourage and support long term planning within policing.

Spotlight on the evidence: the impact of prison visits on reducing re-offending 21 July 2020

The Crime Reduction Toolkit provides access to the best-available evidence on what works to reduce crime. Our latest intervention added to the Toolkit shows that overall, prison visits can reduce re-offending by a quarter.

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.

Body movement in water study provides help for police search teams and advisors 18 May 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.

First issue of Going equipped is published 09 May 2020

Going equipped is a new publication for policing. Its focus is on sharing ideas, practice and insights within policing. All of the content is written and reviewed by police officers and staff and the Editorial Board has members from across policing.

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.