The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) is a cooperative network that combines the best of academic expertise and professional policing insight in a dynamic and exciting multilateral partnership that has a tangible impact on policing in the East Midlands and beyond.

EMPAC is about collaborative working between policing and university researchers, focussing on co-defined real world policing problems. EMPAC is committed to driving innovation and sharing knowledge across all policing levels, using assorted mediums.

EMPAC is comprised of five police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and eight universities in the region, coordinated via the East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development Plan.  EMPAC’s function is based on three main objectives:

  1. To embed or accelerate understanding of crime and policing issues, and research-informed problem-solving approaches.
  2. To demonstrate innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange and translation across all levels of policing; and
  3. Inform changes in professional policing policy and practice through the application of a research-driven evidence base.

As well as its own web resource, EMPAC has a partnership with Police Professional, the UK’s largest selling policing publication, in the Research Inspector column, where we utilise the access to 50,000 weekly readers to deliver knowledge exchange and translation to as wide an audience as possible.

The five East Midlands police forces employ over 14,000 police staff and officers, covering a population of over 4.5 million. The ’Learning Centre’ is a resource for officers and staff, as well as academics, to access the latest research and learn more about the regional programme. There are particular items there to support and encourage EMPAC Fellows, who are practitioner researchers.

The academic partners are the University of Northampton, De Montfort University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Leicester, University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. They collaborate with the Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner and police forces from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and specialist sections such as the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU).

In 2015-17 some EMPAC research was funded through the Home Office’s Police Knowledge Fund , which was split into 5 thematic areas, which were:

Going forward, EMPAC research is being co-ordinated through a new East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development Plan, led by PCC Hardyal Dhindsa and DCC Craig Naylor. The plan aligns the policing risk, threat and harm, and 2025 Vision, to University research capacity, so a lead University can co-ordinate activity but so everyone else can still contribute. There is more information on the 2018 – 2019 work plan here:-http://www.empac.org.uk/east-midlands-police-crime-research-development/