EMPAC welcomes two Senior Research Fellows

EMPAC has had considerable success in the past promoting and developing Fellows, to encourage practitioner research. Now, EMPAC has appointed the first of its Honorary Senior Research Fellows to help support our wider networks and to accelerate policing innovation, using proven experts in their field.

Dr Emma Williams

Dr Emma Williams  previously worked in the Strategic Research and Analysis Unit within the Metropolitan Police Service before becoming  Programme Director for the BSc and MSc for police professionals, and Director of Policing Research, at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dr Williams sits on the College of Policing Professional Board and the Executive Board of the Society of  Evidence Based Policing (SEBP).

Emma completed a PhD in rape investigation at Southbank University, and has published extensively on a variety of policing topics, including supporting the workforce in adopting and enabling the Police Educational Qualifications Framework (PEQF). We look forward in particular in working with Emma given her expertise in policing mental health and vulnerability; a topic that one of our EMPAC strategic leads, PCC Hardyal Dhinsda, heads a national portfolio for.



Dave Hill

Dave is a Senior Research Impact Fellow with EMPAC – meaning his particular focus is all about the ‘so what’ of research and how research findings make an applied difference.

Psychology graduate Dave Hill has a long history with EMPAC – he was EMPAC Director for a period, seconded as a Northampshire Police Superintendent.  Before Northamptonshire Police, Dave served with the Ministry of Defence Police.

EMPAC now looks forward to working with Dave particularly around his specialist expertise in change management and organisational development;   topics that Dave is actively working on with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), as part of Dave’s Visiting Fellowship with the University of Northampton’s Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice (IPSCJ).



Both Senior Research Fellows are in a strong position to both conduct new  research and translate existing research to inform professional practice – and we welcome them!

Watch out for upcoming events led by our Fellows.