EMPAC’s new Knowledge Exchange Manager is John Coxhead, an inspector from Derbyshire Constabulary. John joins Dave Hill from Northampton to create the EMPAC core team.
John has served with Derbyshire for 27 years, working in both urban and rural areas. He has most recently moved to his EMPAC secondment from reactive response at north BCU, based at Chesterfield.
As well as operational policing experience, John has two Queen’s Awards for Innovation in Police Learning and Development, gained from training cohorts of new officers and more specialised courses in leadership and performance.
John joined Derbyshire straight after graduating from Keele University and returned to Keele to complete a research masters in Criminology before undertaking a doctorate researching the link between policing training and workplace performance. Later applied research with Lancaster and SOCA rounded off his research training and brought publications.
Now busily moving about the East Midlands meeting EMPAC’s workstream leads, John is keen to develop the interaction between operational police personnel and researchers and encourage joint work. Understanding both worlds of policing and research, the task is to bring these two important professions together for mutual benefit.
John sees huge potential in EMPAC. “I’d like to see operational police staff working with academic researchers together as a joint team as business as usual. There is so much potential of joining up the expertise from police and researchers, who both have lots to offer, but get even more by working jointly.”
“EMPAC brings together the five East Midlands forces, which already have a national reputation for delivering value added collaboration, with seven regional universities and a massive skill set. It’s really got a world class level of people, skills and ideas in there and we can build on this through joint working.”
When asked how knowledge exchange could help EMPAC he explains, “the key thing is utilising the talent we have. Getting operational leads working with researchers means we can develop applied research that puts the East Midlands really at the top for cutting edge development. That means better efficiences, better knowledge, better informed decisions, better innovation, increased professionalism – better policing to fight crime and protect the public.”
“Criminals have always been entrepreneurial but our research collaboration will add so much insight into current and emerging criminality, really putting us on the front foot. The research scanning capacity we now have with seven universities means we can look right across the world for the best policing ideas and seek to build applications for them right here in the East Midlands.”
The ongoing priority though is about ensuring research is operationally relevant – and there are several events planned across the region to bring practitioners and researchers together to ensure research passes the ‘reality test’. See the EMPAC web site for the range of forthcoming events lined up.
John can be reached on 07470 181050 and firstname.lastname@example.org.