The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) is a cooperative network between the five forces and Offices of Police and crime Commissioners and University researchers, to improve policing in the region through research and innovation. 

Our purpose is to improve policing practice, informed by research. We do this by bringing together policing professionals with academic researchers to:-

  • drive research and innovation with a policing purpose, focusing on policing priorities
  • ensure all of the police forces of the EM region are involved and benefit, and academic researchers across disciplines and institutions are involved in order to optimise the benefits to regional policing practice
  • work together to co-problematise and co-produce high impact research (i.e. research that is useful and applicable to policing practice – see our impact measuring guide here:- http://www.empac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/EMPAC-IMPACT-CAPACITY-RATING.pdf.

We encourage a place for professional practice and academic research to come together for a team effort. As a region, the East Midlands offers a strong test bed for investment in policing research, given the potential for transferability and replication across other policing regions of the country. Our aspiration is to be the most progressive and innovative policing region in the country.

Our approach

EMPAC is not a single, separate entity, but a collaboration across the region’s policing structures and research institutions. EMPAC offers a strong progressive opportunity for policing and researchers to work together, where joint working will produce better outcomes than either working alone. We seek an alignment wherever possible of researcher interest with policing priorities – creating a win / win that in turn benefits the public by improving policing services.

Alignment can take various forms – such as via a self-funded PhD candidate, or a professional researcher with allocated research and scholarly time, who shares an interest with policing over a priority topic.

EMPAC is not a funding body but will act as a bidding partner for external research grant applications. We are keen to progress working in partnership to bring in fresh research investment to our region.

Respecting the importance and sensitivity of policing within society, research data arising from Police EMPAC members partners involvement will be owned by the Police, and will not be not be used or disseminated without explicit Police permission (e.g. a specific jointly agreed data processing contract or data protection agreement).

See more about our research priorities here:- http://www.empac.org.uk/east-midlands-police-crime-research-development/

Contact us

EMPAC’s regional manager is Dr John Coxhead and the strategic leads are Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the East Midlands region.

EMPAC Research Partnership Manager:-


Telephone 07470 181050

EMPAC Office Administration:-


Telephone 0116 2222222, extension 2066