Academic Support Network


What is the Academic Support Network?

The Academic Support Network was launched in September 2016 as a POLKA community.  The aim behind the Network was to create a peer-support system for police officers and staff who were undertaking academic study and who needed advice and support from a wellbeing point of view. This community encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences between members, fostering a sense of belonging and combatting the isolation that can sometimes go hand in hand with academic study. Here you can raise the specific issues that come with balancing study and a life in policing such as fitting in study sessions with shifts, managing work commitments and senior manager support.

The Academic Support Network now has 500 members from over 40 different organisations and has an active discussion section with a real variety of topics.  

Don't forget, if you are undertaking a piece of research at Masters' level or above on a subject related to policing or crime reduction, you can submit a summary to our Research Map by using the online submission form.  Take a look at the most recent submissions to the Map on the New project page.

If you have any questions about the Academic Support Network, please send them to

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