EMPAC drives new Innovation in Policing competition

EMPAC has been driving innovation in policing research and innovation for some time: in many ways punching well above our weight. Take a look here at one of our events about innovation, held at Derbyshire Constabulary’s HQ in Ripley, which brought together representatives from all our region’s forces and a number of academic researchers, alongside the Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Toyota, and even Klime-Ezee, a ladder manufacturing company! http://www.empac.org.uk/empac-publishes-new-report-on-innovation-in-policing/

EMPAC seeks to make the East Midlands region the most progressive and innovative policing region in the country and to really push forward, working with our national media partner, Police Professional, and the College of Policing, we’ve been the driver behind a new competition in policing innovation. The purpose is to accelerate innovation and enterprise, to support the delivery of the national 2025 Policing Vision and the future beyond.

The College of Policing national innovation lead, Rob Flanagan, will be amongst the judges, which in July 2021 will select one overall winner and two runners up based on the following criteria:-

1. How relevant is the innovation research / idea to UK policing? (25 marks)

2. What potential benefits does the research / idea offer to improving UK policing? (25 marks)

3. How feasible would the innovation be to realise any potential benefits? (25 marks)

4. How well has the applicant articulated the idea / research? (25 marks)

Submissions are open now and we are encouraging everyone out there to have a go at helping find ways of delivering the 2025 Policing Vision. You can read the Vision here: – https://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/Policing%20Vision.pdf.

Ideas from all backgrounds and disciplines are invited – the important thing is whether the ideas could be applied within, and help improve, policing. For example, Universities are encouraged to promote this new opportunity widely to all their students (across all disciplines) and review their ‘top 3’  ideas for potential innovation policing application. To encourage a wide and flexible approach, submissions may for example, may come from an idea within assessed work or a standalone submission such as a presentation or report. Universities and Forces are invited to collate ideas at their local level, and identify those which they believe have the strongest innovation application potential for policing, considered against the judging criteria. Otherwise, individuals too many submit their own ideas direct.

Applications are open from September 2020, and any student work (from any discipline) commenced or completed in 2020 or 2021 is eligible.

A panel appointed by Police Professional will judge the top 3 overall entries at a national level in July 2021. The winner will receive a year’s free subscription to Police Professional and the two runners up will receive a certificate of achievement, and be featured at a national level in future editions of Police Professional. Although not currently possible because of COVID-19 restrictions, it is anticipated an awards ceremony invite will be offered to winners to attend Loughborough University in the future.

To flexibly encourage ideas in their widest remit, there is no prescribed submission format but all entries should make explicit their potential contribution to policing innovation, (3 minute style presentations or posters are a popular format) and should be sent via relevant University leads where possible by email to innovation@policeprofessional.com.

Submissions will be accepted for the 2020-21 competition from 1st September 2020 until 5pm, Friday 2nd July 2021. Winners will be notified by email and announced in Police Professional. No feedback will be offered to other applicants, and the judges’ joint decision will be final. Winners will be invited to join the judging panel for the subsequent year.