Archive February 2020

Exploratory research looks forward

There has been a lot of focus, through ‘what works’,  on experimental research methods. Such approaches are confirmatory – in that they look to prove or disprove a point through large data sets using randomised control trials for example. These make a very important contribution, to objectively justify investment or…

When arresting is not enough: interprofessional practice and koinagogy

New action research from the midlands looks set to shake up a new generation of inter-professional practice like never before. For many years it’s often been said that policing can’t arrest its way out of deeply rooted social situations. Multi-agency problem solving has been advocated for a long time and…

The deductive paradox: finding what you look for

EMPAC is hugely supportive of practitioner research, for many reasons. Firstly, professional context is effectively ‘built-in’, meaning there is usually high relevance to real-word professional problems.   Secondly, the motivation is usually to make a difference rather than simply observe and theorise, meaning impact and application are likely to be stronger.  Thirdly, it…

Research Roundup: a one minute briefing

Here is the latest for October 2020 EMPAC welcomes three new Senior Research Fellows: – Professor Rob McCusker (with a specialism in analysing transnational serious organised crime); Dr Emma Williams (with specialisms in understanding vulnerabilities and professionaling policing); and Dave Hill (with a specialism in organisational development). Loughborough University are…

Growing momentum in tackling serious organised crime

The UK Cabinet Office reported in 2018 that serious and organised crime (SOC) affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat. It costs the UK at least £37 billion annually. It’s therefore quite right EMPAC is prioritising SOC in the research and innovation regional agenda. They…

It’s good to talk

EMPAC’s first Research Cafe, in February, stimulated a lot of new connections and showed it really is good to talk. And some coffee and cake helps too! Thanks are due to the organising of Chief Inspector Dan Pedley and Graham Pickering in helping bring people together. There’s a second event…

Educating Bobby

In the Willy Russell play Educating Rita (1980), later a film (1983), Frank, the academic, confronts his student, Rita, with the line, “..found a culture, have you Rita? Found a better song to sing? No, you found a different song to sing..”.  There is plenty of change afoot in ‘professionalising’…

Latest on Police well-being research

Policing can be stressful! There are increasingly complex demands placed upon police professionals, with long hours, high levels of accountability and too  often the threat of conflict and violence. So it’s right that well-being is being treated more seriously in policing. It’s not just about trying to respond to colleagues…