Supporting police innovation: College Registered Pilots scheme

The College of Policing has introduced a new scheme to support forces in promoting and testing innovative practice

With the changing demands on policing there is a need for forces to adopt new and innovative approaches to emerging issues and ongoing problems. The College is keen to support the development, testing and promotion of innovative practice to help build the evidence base and understand what works.

Our registered pilots scheme enables forces to register new initiatives with the College and get advice and support on how to robustly test new and innovative approaches to tackling crime and other policing problems. The scheme has a particular focus on high risk areas of policing where the College can offer advice around research and evaluation, and assist forces to identify and engage with relevant academics and specialists.

Using the registered pilots scheme, forces will be supported to implement their innovative ideas and the public can be reassured that new approaches will be tested robustly. The scheme will ensure new practice with the potential to improve policing is properly evaluated and that findings are more easily shared across the service.

Applications to the scheme require Chief Officer or PCC support. Where interventions are accepted for inclusion on the register the College will provide support to the force which may include:

  • Providing research advice and quality assurance of the proposed research methods
  • Assistance to identifying external academics for quality assurance where appropriate
  • Support with academic reference groups for large programmes where appropriate
  • Supporting discussions with key stakeholders about projects registered as pilots
  • Support with enquiries or concerns from media and the general public
  • Sharing details of registered projects across forces
  • Peer review and hosting of final project reports or findings


Getting involved

You can express an interest in registering a pilot by emailing a completed eligibility assessment form to the research team: research@college.pnn.police.uk.  College Researchers will then get in touch to arrange an initial discussion about your proposed activity to ensure that the initiative meets our eligibility criteria. Eligible interventions will be supported to develop an evaluation plan before they can be added to the register.

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