East Midlands Police & Crime Research & Innovation

The East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Innovation Plan is informed by regional level risk, threat and harm, as well as the relevant aspects of the Policing 2025 Vision, to drive innovation and research to inform best policing practice. The R & D plan is led by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the region. In turn, progress is reported quarterly via the research and development portfolio to the region’s PCCs and Chief Constables, where any additional research needs are also highlighted by the region.

Who’s who

Each of the five forces and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) have key contact points, as do the region’s eight universities (see below). The function of the contact points is to be a conduit into the regional collaboration and support two-way communication.

Derbyshire – C/Inspector John Tanner / C/Inspector Frank Burns

Leicestershire – C/Inspector Dan Pedley

Linconshire – Kelly Rodgers

Northamptonshire – Sarah Calvert / Nicole Plummer

Nottinghamshire – C/Inspector Richard Stapleford

EMSOU – D/Inspector Harry Dick

De Montfort University – Professor Rob Canton

University of Derby – Profressor Phil Hodgson

University of Leicester – Associate Professor Andy Newton

University of Lincoln – Professor Matthew Hall

Loughborough University – Professor Michael J de C Henshaw

University of Northampton – Dr Laura Knight / Danny Ash

Nottingham Trent University – Professor Cillian Ryan / Dr Rowena Hill

University of Nottingham – Professor Todd Landman / Assistant Professor Kerry Clamp

Our approach to research and innovation

For policing needs, the regional plan is about simply offering additional capacity and capability, and particularly of benefit to ‘NIM Level 2’ issues (cross border), being complementary to other more local work, so there is in-built flexibility for issues within the region to be managed in the right way at the right level at the right place at the right time. DCC Rachel Swann liaises regularly with the region’s DCCs to ensure the NIM level 1 and 2 research matters are complementary and joined up.

EMPAC has collated the five forces’ threat, risk and harm priorities and each Police and Crime Commissioners’ Crime Plans to offer a one page  regional overview of what’s important to policing. Using principles within the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), EMPAC Universities have aligned their research interests with policing and crime needs, so that together there is a sustainable, enhanced capacity and capability to improve policing service delivery, informed through research.

EMPAC Universities have a thematic voluntary lead on chosen issues whilst working with policing professionals to ensure a co-production approach, maintaining a ‘watching brief’, hosting round tables and seeking research grants, via United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Each workstream optimises opportunities by working across institutions and working across all relevant disciplines. Over time, as this is a Police and Crime portfolio, more and more partners, for example from Fire and Rescue Services and Councils will be involved through the research plan work streams, as the priority issues involve far more than just the Police and need an interconnected, joined-up approach to enhance service provision.

The commissioning process for research is underpinned through the use of the EMPAC Impact Capacity Rating – click here to access: EMPAC IMPACT CAPACITY RATING to help 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 too 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!


The EMPCRI Plan & EMPAC meetings are hosted at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, at Police and Fire HQ, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS. EMPAC’s intention as a cooperative network is to be action orientated, so our meetings review the progress of R & D workstreams within the plan and also integrate any other research business relevant to the region, including proactively driving any identified knowledge gaps. The remaining meetings for 2019 will be held on the below dates:-

8th August 2019       10.00am -12.00

See the agenda here:http://www.empac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/EMPAC-Agenda-8th-August-2019.pdf

To see discussion item (Operating Model): http://www.empac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/EMPAC-operating-model-2019-2021.pdf

9th October 2019     10.30am -12.00

You can view the East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Innovation Plan by following the links here:


What are the current regional risk, threat and harm priorities?

To view the summary of existing regional risk, threat and harm click below:

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:






Leicestershire Police-and-Crime-Plan-2017-2021