N8 Policing Research Partnership : Innovation and the application of knowledge for more effective policing

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Leeds

In Collaboration With

Please see Methodology for list of contributors.

Principal Researcher

Professor Adam Crawford

Research Context

​The project has been developed with policing partners and responds to key issues impacting on the police organisation: the impact of austerity measures and the needs to refocus on preventative and proactive strategies and partnership approaches; the need for organisational change and a transformation of the culture of learning; and the need to systems and structures to facilitate knowledge exchange between police and HE.
The overall project aim is to build research co-production capacity and test mechanisms for exploiting the knowledge and expertise of the HE sector in order to strengthen the evidence base on which police policy, practice and training are developed and so support innovation and the professionalisation of policing. It intends to build a regional policing research platform with national impact and international significance.
The project objectives are:

  1. To produce high quality, independent research of relevance to the police services and which will enhance the international reputation and recognition of policing research in the north of England.
  2. To build policing research and knowledge exchange capacity in HEIs and to facilitate the efficient and effective transfer of knowledge that is vital to developing sound, evidence-based policing policy and practice.
  3. To enhance the quality, integrity, scope, synthesis and exploitation of the datasets available to inform policing research and effective practices.
  4. To develop capacity and resources in (a) policing research and (b) police and crime data analytics in ways that inform research and facilitate knowledge creation, dissemination and application.
  5. To encourage and foster the development of national and international links with other researchers, policy makers and practitioners involved in policing research.
  6. To develop and disseminate a transferable model of practice for application by other HEIs and across the public sector, and internationally - with a view to extending the reputation and impact of English HE.

Research Methodology

The project has been developed by the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP - www.n8prp.org.uk), an established collaboration between the eight leading, research-intensive universities in the north of England and police partners. The N8 Research Partnership incorporates the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.


Policing partners that are contributing to the initiative include: Cheshire Constabulary, Cumbria Constabulary; Durham Constabulary; Greater Manchester Police; Humberside Police, Lancashire Constabulary; Merseyside Police; Northumbria Police; North Yorkshire Police; South Yorkshire Police; West Yorkshire Police; and Your Homes Newcastle. The partnership also benefits from the cooperation and support of the College of Policing and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available.

Date due for completion

March 2020
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