East Midlands Police & Crime Research & Development

The East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development 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 Lincolnshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor. 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.

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 Craig Naylor 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. 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 is interested in working with the best for our regional benefit, so there is ongoing cross-collaboration work with N8, a three-police-region and eight university collaboration based at Leeds University, on research data access. EMPAC has a strong media partner too in Policing Professional, the UK’s largest selling policing publication with both a print and digital reach weekly 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!

An Annual Review of progress in Summer 2019 will sift what has worked best and highlight the opportunities to fine tune the delivery of the R & D plan. The ethos of the Review will be ‘what difference have we made?’ and ‘what more can we do together to improve outcomes for the public?’. The Annual Review will culminate in a regional level event to showcase our achievement of research impact.

The EMPCRD Plan & EMPAC meetings are scheduled for the following dates for 2018 and 2019, 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. Meetings for 2019 will be held on the below dates at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Derbyshire:-

23rd January 2019   10.30am -12.00

At this next January meeting, as well as reviewing the current EMPCRD worskstreams, scheduled key discussion items are:-

‘Blue Light +’ research alignment opportunities (Dr Rowena Hill, NTU)

Research Placements opportunities  (Jennifer Darbon and Detective Inspector Harry Dick, EMSOU)

Harmonisation of force level EBP groups with regional complementary coordination (Chief Inspector Ross Dimmock, Leicestershire Police)

Hate Crime Risk Assessment update (Associate Professor Loretta Trickett, NTU)

Invite strategic topics for discussion at the following April meeting (all)

24th April 2019         10.30am – 12.00

10th July 2019           10.30am -12.00

9th October 2019     10.30am -12.00

You can view the East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development Plan here:

EMPCRD Plan jan 2019

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