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Innovation and the application of knowledge for more effective policing

A research project of the Department of Sociology.


This initiative will develop and test mechanisms of knowledge exchange and research co-production to strengthen the evidence base on which policing policy, practice and learning are developed. In so doing, it will make an important contribution to innovation and the aspiration for the professionalisation of policing.

This exciting new five-year programme of research and knowledge exchange will pioneer an innovative collaboration between police forces and universities in the North of England. It intends to build a regional policing research platform with national impact and international significance.


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.

The project objectives are:

i.  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.

ii.   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.

iii.  To enhance the quality, integrity, scope, synthesis and exploitation of the datasets available to inform policing research and effective practices.

iv.  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.

v.  To encourage and foster the development of national and international links with other researchers, policy makers and practitioners involved in policing research.

vi.   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.


From the Department of Sociology

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