EMPAC refreshes research priorities ready for 2020

The East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration is undergoing structural and strategic changes in the Autumn of 2019, ready for an exciting year in 2020!

Firstly, some things stay the same. The strategic leads will continue to be Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the East Midlands region.

Office administration is Susan Atkins at Leicestershire Police HQ,  who can be contacted at susan.atkins@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk / telephone 0116 2222222, extension 2066.

The Single Point of Contacts (SPOCs) for each member organisation continue as:

Derbyshire – C/Inspector Wendy Smedley

Leicestershire – C/Inspector Dan Pedley

Linconshire – Kelly Rodgers

Northamptonshire – Sarah Calvert / Nicole Plummer

Nottinghamshire – C/Inspector Simon Allardice

EMSOU – D/Inspector Harry Dick

De Montfort University – Professor Rob Canton

University of Derby – Professor 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 / Associate Professor Kerry Clamp

Our fresh priorities for policing research and innovation

As the new Research Partnership Manager role will be different going forward, now funded equally across East Midlands policing as a specialist police staff post, the new targeted priorities will be:

  • Force Management Statements: Understanding Demand, led by Supt. Mark Housley (Lincs) and Dr Rowena Hill (NTU)

You can contact Mark at mark.housley@lincs.pnn.police.uk and Rowena at rowena.hill@ntu.ac.uk.

  • Serious Organised Crime, led by DCC Chris Haward (EMSOU) and Professor Dave Walsh (DMU)

You can contact Dave at dave.walsh@dmu.ac.uk.

For other themes or topics, individuals are invited to discuss their thoughts with EMPAC concerning the relevance of proposed research to policing, on a case by case basis. As initial point of contact for EMPAC, from September through to November 2019, contact Susan Atkins in the first instance with your enquiry (susan.atkins@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk).

You can read more about the refreshed EMPAC Operating Model here:- http://www.empac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/EMPAC-operating-model-2019-2021.pdf

EMPAC remains committed to the importance of impact in research – see the EMPAC Impact Capacity Rating – click here to access: 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 too retains its 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!


As before, EMPAC meetings are hosted at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, at Police and Fire HQ, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS. 2019 meetings have now concluded and the next meeting, in early 2020, will be notified on the EMPAC web in due course.