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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…

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…

New qualitative research on front-line police work with the bereaved

EMPAC is pleased to report on a new qualitative study at the University of Nottingham in an under-researched topic – how police professionals interact with the bereaved.   Breaking bad news   Police officers deal with death on a daily basis as part of their everyday work. This includes the…

Spotlight on EMPAC experts: Daniel Ash

This time, we feature Daniel Ash, who is our EMPAC SPOC (single point of contact) at the University of Northampton. Danny is a great example of a ‘pracademic’ – someone who has worked in professional practice and also conducted research. He spent over 20 years as a police officer with…

Offer to participate: critical incident research on policing Covid-19

Professor Ken Pease (University College, London) is interested in carrying out critical incident technique  research about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on policing. The intention is to cross compare this UK based research with parallel research in Italy. The proposed work seeks to capture front-line policing experience in a…

Cognitive diversity: the delusion of command and control

Here is another opinion piece to get your cognitive juices flowing: be part of the debate – let us know what you think! One of EMPAC’s founding principles is to drive innovation, and that means supporting an agile environment where new ideas are able to grow. We have promoted the…

Spotlight on Loughborough University research

Loughborough is in the top 4 of the 2020 Guardian’s rankings, with thriving campuses at Loughborough and London, and over 18,000 students. Their applied research is world-leading, pioneering modern optics and laser technology, and producing extensive police-related outputs including:-  applications in digital policing, led by Professor Peter Kawalek; demand management,…

Derbyshire cadets win national recognition

Crimebeat is the national youth crime prevention charity of the High Sheriffs’ Association and each year an awards ceremony is held to recognise the most innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people (aged up to 25 years old). You can read more about Crimebeat and the…

Community resilience during COVID-19

EMPAC is pleased to report here on new social scientific research that is certainly stepping up to the challenge facing us all because of the COVID -19 pandemic. Superintendent Mark Housley of Lincolnshire Police, who leads on EMPAC’s workstream on understanding demand is using a survey to understand community cohesion…

Update on violence reduction research

The University of Leicester were able to secure research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish a Violence Reduction Information Network (VRIN), and had started to work with East Midlands police services. The academic team at VRIN comprises Associate Professor Matt Hopkins, Dr Claire Davis and…