The East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration has refreshed its proactive research priorities ready for an exciting year in 2020. EMPAC’s strategic leads are Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the East Midlands region.
EMPAC is all about driving research and innovation to improve policing in the East Midlands, and we seek to do this by stimulating and supporting the co-problematisation and co-production of research. 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 proactive priorities for policing research and innovation
The new Research Partnership Manager role is now directly funded equally across East Midlands policing (following previous investment via the Home Office and HEFCE via the Police Knowledge Fund) as a specialist police staff post. The new proactive targeted priorities for policing are:
- Force Management Statements: Understanding Demand, led by Superintendent Mark Housley (Lincolnshire Police) and Dr Rowena Hill (Nottingham Trent University)
Force Management Statement (FMS) Demand research interests include going beyond the refinement and efficiency of triage and reactive policing, taking a more epidemiological approach, to understand the causes of crime rather than focus just on law enforcement responses to potential symptoms. There is also attention given to place-based work, predictive modelling using big data and early intervention and prevention of crime. The FMS Demand research embeds itself upon the existing enabling legislation of Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The research seeks to explore the evidence base of partnership and holistic approaches, and to that end this research workstream is multi-agency based.
- Serious Organised Crime (SOC), led by Deputy Chief Constable Chris Haward (East Midlands Special operations Unit) and Professor Dave Walsh (De Montfort University)
You can contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOC research interests include linking national and international crime groups; the use of digital technologies to recruit, participate in crime, and enable the proceeds of crime, including money laundering; understanding emergent business markets and models of organised crime groups (OCGs); how to better evaluate the effectiveness of prevention, disruption and counter measures; how to prevent individuals and communities becoming vulnerable to OCG recruitment or targeting; and how to enable a more agile law enforcement mindset to counter the entrepreneurial nature of SOC.
EMPAC welcomes other additional research workstreams which are of interest to any academic researcher(s) and offers a beneficial impact to East Midlands policing. EMPAC welcomes any interest in scoping external research bid funding (such as ESRC). Researchers are invited to discuss their thoughts with EMPAC concerning the relevance of proposed research to policing, on a case by case basis.
EMPAC remains committed to the importance of impact in research – see the EMPAC Impact Capacity Rating – EMPAC IMPACT CAPACITY RATING. This helps fine tune how research is developed for usefulness and application as well as on what particular policing priority topic. EMPAC has a strong media partner in Policing Professional, the UK’s largest selling policing publication with both a print and digital reach monthly of 50,000 readers, to help with communicating ideas for practitioners to use in the workplace. EMPAC doesn’t just want to encourage good ideas it wants to see them used!
EMPAC Research Partnership Manager:-
Telephone 07470 181050
EMPAC Office Administration:-
Telephone 0116 2222222, extension 2066
The Single Point of Contacts (SPOCs) for each member organisation are:
Derbyshire – C/Inspector Wendy Smedley
Leicestershire – C/Inspector Dan Pedley / Graham Pickering
Linconshire – Kelly Rodgers
Northamptonshire – Sarah Calvert / Nicole Plummer
Nottinghamshire – C/Inspector Simon Allardice
EMSOU – Alex Paradise
De Montfort University – Professor Rob Canton
University of Derby – Professor Phil Hodgson
University of Leicester – Associate Professor Matt Hopkins / Dr Claire Davis
University of Lincoln – Professor Matthew Hall
Loughborough University – Professor Michael J de C Henshaw / Professor Darren Smith
University of Northampton – Dr Laura Knight / Danny Ash
Nottingham Trent University – Professor Cillian Ryan / Dr Rowena Hill / Associate Professor Andy Newton
University of Nottingham – Professor Todd Landman / Associate Professor Kerry Clamp
Regional Police and Crime Plan overview
Each PCC’s currently published Police and Crime Plan is also linked here as well to give you an easy access yet detailed picture of the local crime analysis behind the identified priorities: