Lead institutionLiverpool John Moores University
Project contactDr Joe Yates, Director, School of Humanities & Social Science
* Merseyside Police* Office of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner
Summary of activitiesThis is an ambitious interdisciplinary project to put research activity at the core of decision-making, policy and practice development within the police. The partnership aims to:
These objectives will be achieved by using a communities of practice model to:
The communities of practice are multi-disciplinary teams of police officers and staff supported by a practitioner fellow from the police and a research fellow from the university.
Research prioritiesWorking collaboratively, practitioner and research fellows will jointly develop training and agendas for research activity around the overarching priority of supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety. More specifically the teams of fellows will engage with and deliver upon the following priorities:
The themes of cyber-crime, computer forensics and CCTV will cut across all areas.
Project stagesThe project will deliver accredited research training to enhance understanding of evidence-based models and develop participants' skills.
Officers and staff will then develop their own original agenda for research with support from the fellows.
Together, fellows and project participants will finally engage in dissemination and knowledge transfer activities with Merseyside Police and partners within the collaboration, and also externally to local criminal justice partners and academic audiences.
Throughout the project the senior research Fellow will ensure that external criminal justice and community based partners have the opportunity to help influence research priorities and will be able to engage with the outputs created.