Listed below are several of the most prominent police-academic partnerships with details of their members and ongoing projects.
If you know of any other police academic collaborations/partnerships that you think would be useful to share, please email College What Works and we will include them on this page.
The Behavioural Insights Team
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is a social purpose company, jointly owned by the UK Government; Nesta (the innovation charity); and its employees.
BIT started life inside 10 Downing Street as the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences. Their objectives remain the same as they always have been:
They do this by redesigning public services and drawing on ideas from the behavioural science literature. They are also highly empirical, testing and trialling these ideas before they are scaled up. This enables them to understand what works and (importantly) what does not work.
Canterbury Centre for Policing Research The Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) conducts high quality applied research that aims to involve and advise policing professionals. Research undertaken by members of the Centre will therefore be both strategic and practical, influencing policy and practice. Their practitioner-centred approach will incorporate the views of all policing practitioners including senior leaders, private sector staff, police officers/staff and policing specialists through engagement with the CCPR and the development of the academic and police advisory group. This will engage officers in the work of the Centre, ensure that all of their researchers are aware of the current challenges in policing and assist the translation of research findings into operational and strategic practice.
Key research themes:
Centre for Crime Justice and PolicingThe brand new Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing
builds on the University of Birmingham's world class reputation for academic
excellence by bringing together a diverse group of academic researchers,
working within the areas of crime, justice and policing. The Centre acts as a
unifying hub to support the needs of practitioners, providing training that
will lead to sustainable knowledge transfer.Research themes tackled by the Centre include the following:
East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) combines the best of academic expertise and professional policing insight in a dynamic and exciting multilateral partnership that has a tangible impact on policing in the East Midlands and beyond. EMPAC is about collaborative working between policing and university researchers, focussing on co-defined real world policing problems. EMPAC is committed to driving innovation and sharing knowledge across all policing levels, using assorted mediums.EMPAC is comprised of five police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and eight universities in the region, coordinated via the East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development Plan. EMPAC aims to bring the best ideas and insights available and apply these in professional policing practice – 'global to local' – using the region as a social laboratory for innovation. EMPAC's function is based on three main objectives:
Institute for Global City Policing
The Institute for Global City Policing (IGCP) is an independent centre based at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, funded and managed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). What the IGCP will do:
Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, Northampton (IPSCJ)
IPSCJ is a joint venture between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire and the University of Northampton. It seeks to bring together cutting-edge academic research and evidence with practice, training and development across agencies.
This will inform the further understanding of the inputs and outcomes of criminal justice and public safety interventions and help to embed a clear relationship between evidence of 'what works' and practice 'on the ground'.
Keele Policing Academic Collaboration (KPAC)The Keele Policing Academic Collaboration (KPAC) brings together one of the UK's most significant academic policing research collaborations focused on partnerships between academics within Keele University and regional, national and international policing partners. Its primary purpose is to generate public value on issues related to policing, community safety and justice by providing an effective platform for the co-creation, sharing and application of knowledge. Core collaborators will be local and regional policing partners and stakeholders within the communities they police. But KPAC's influence will extend well beyond this through the global significance of its research and its broad ranging national and international networks. Knowledge co-production is central to KPAC's mission - the idea of academics, policing partners and stakeholders working together to shape priorities and activities - combining practical expertise, academic knowledge and stakeholder perspectives across a broad range of issues to address the full range of challenges faced by modern policing.
N8 Policing Research Partnership
The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.
The N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) enables universities and policing partners to develop research and exchange knowledge activities that address key policing issues. The N8 PRP provides a regional hub for the north of England, generating research and knowledge exchange work of national relevance and international significance
The National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA)
Providing a stimulating and inclusive environment in which to study and understand violence and abuse and its prevention - regardless of who it is perpetrated by, against or between. The vision for the NCSPVA is to build on our existing excellent local, national and international reputation to create a centre of excellence for the study and prevention of violence and abuse that will make a significant contribution to knowledge, knowledge transfer, evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.
The National Rural Crime Network
The National Rural Crime Network is working to see greater recognition and understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural areas so more can be done to keep people safer.The National Rural Crime Network believes that the scale, cost, social impact and other effects of crime in rural areas are underestimated, under-reported and not fully understood. Therefore aims to shine a light on the issues, to improve understanding and enhance community safety.
Partnership for Conflict, Crime and
The Partnership is an initiative of Research Councils UK and was established in 2008 as the Global Uncertainties Programme. It aims to deliver high quality and cutting edge research to help improve our understanding of current and future global security challenges. The Partnership focuses on the core areas of:
It supports collaboration by bringing together researchers from across disciplines to work together on innovative research projects. By creating opportunities for knowledge exchange between government, industry and the third sector, it aims to deliver impact beyond the academic community.
Policing Institute for Eastern Region (PIER)PIER is Anglia Ruskin's newest research institute. It is situated in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences but with a university wide remit to work with police practitioners to support policing improvement in the Eastern Region (and beyond) through the co-production and delivery of research, continuing professional development and knowledge exchange activities. To do this, PIER can draw upon the collective expertise from across the university in areas such as leadership and organisational development, health and social care, technology, crime and public protection.PIER's vision is to become renowned for delivering and supporting high quality, innovative and forward thinking policing research and professional development that contributes to more effective police practice. It will be recognised for it's trans-disciplinary, cross-sector, practitioner-academic model of working, successfully bringing together the skills and experience of all for the purposes of policing improvement. Strategic objectives
The strategic objectives are:
Society of Evidence Based Policing
The society is made up of police officers, police staff, and research professionals who aim to make evidence based methodology part of every day policing in the UK. The goals of the society are as follows:
Aim One: Increased use of best available research evidence to solve policing problems
Aim Two: The production of new research evidence by police practitioners and researchers
Aim Three: Communication of research evidence to police practitioners and the public
Membership of the society is open to any member of police staff or researcher who is committed to making a positive impact in the community through using the best available research evidence. Membership is free and gives access to: reduced price conferences, reduced subscription to the journal of experimental criminology, and the ability to network & learn from other practitioners.
UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership
The UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership is made up of a team of academic experts from a range of different disciplines that have come together to respond to the cross-cutting demands of the sector. The Criminal Justice Partnership aims to:
Key areas of research include:
Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
SIPR is a collaboration between Police Scotland and 12 Scottish universities established to carry out high quality, independent research and to make evidence-based contributions to policing policy and practice. SIPR aims to:
The activities of SIPR are organised around four thematic networks.
Universities' Police Science Institute, Cardiff University
The Universities' Police Science Institute was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured £2million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieve international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and accessing new solutions to policing problems. The institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.
Warwick University Centre for Operational Policing Research
Launched in 2014, the Centre for Operational Policing Research (COPR) is a new interdisciplinary research centre bringing together the departments of Warwick Business School (WBS), Law and Psychology. With the aim of developing a research agenda that is both intellectually innovative and has clear policy and practice implications within policing. We offer an approach to policing research that encompasses organisational and individual behaviour (from both Business School and Psychology disciplinary perspectives), as well as the legal regulation of criminal investigations and suspects' rights (from a Law perspective, using a socio-legal approach).