The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) combines the best of academic expertise and a ‘what works’ evidence base to create a dynamic and exciting multilateral partnership that has a tangible impact on policing in the East Midlands and beyond. EMPAC is comprised of police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and universities in the region and has an established governance framework. EMPAC’s work is based on three main objectives:
- To embed or accelerate understanding of crime and policing issues, and evidence-based problem-solving approaches; and
- To demonstrate innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange and translation across all levels of policing.
- To inform changes in professional policing policy and practice through the creation and application of a research-driven evidence base.
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 point of contact for these officers and staff, as well as academics, to access the latest research and learn more about the regional programme.
EMPAC creates a platform through which knowledge can be shared and developed though interdisciplinary and inter-agency working. The EMPAC ’Learning Centre’ will support the maintenance of a regional repository of existing high quality research evidence.
The academic partners are the University of Northampton, De Montfort University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Leicester and the University of Lincoln. They will collaborate with the Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner and police forces from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire.
The regional programme of work is split into five research areas, each with a network lead from one of the partner universities. The research areas are:
- Local and Community Policing
Prof. Simon Holdaway
Nottingham Trent University
- Serious Organised Crime (including crime in the “digital world” and terrorism)
Dr. Lee Hadlington
De Montfort University
- Organisational Transformation
University of Northampton
- Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection
Dr. Karen Lumsden
- Operational Policing
University of Derby