Research Networks

Between 2015-2017 some EMPAC research was funded through the Home Office’s Police Knowledge Fund. During this period, the themes and their respective leads were:

  • Local and Community Policing
    Prof. Simon Holdaway: Nottingham Trent University
    Chief Constable Simon Cole: Leicestershire Police
  • Serious Organised Crime (including crime in the “digital world” and terrorism)
    Dr. Lee Hadlington: De Montford University
    Detective Superintendent Andy Dickin: East Midlands Police
  • Organisational Transformation
    Laura Knight: Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, University of Northampton
    Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann: Northamptonshire Police
  • Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection
    Dr. Karen Lumsden: Loughborough University
    PCC Paddy Tipping: Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire
  • Operational Policing
    Nick Howe: University of Derby
    Superintendent Dave Lawson: Northamptonshire Police

Moving forward, 2018- 2019 and beyond, the East Midlands is developing a new Priority Based Research Plan, through its new regional Police and Crime Research and Development Portfolio. Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, leads the research portfolio. Lincolnshire Police Deputy Chief Constable is EMPAC’s strategic operational lead, since Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay (Leicestershire) moved to the College of Policing.

The Research Plan is to be informed by regional level risk, threat and harm, as well as the relevant aspects of the Policing 2025 Vision and will drive innovation and understanding demand for the region. The new research plan will be up and running in 2018 and represents an evolution of previous police and academic collaborative regional working into a particularly action orientated approach: the activities of the collaboration will be in servicing and delivering the agreed regional plan to enhance public service delivery.

EMPAC is collating the recently refreshed five forces’ threat, risk and harm priorities and each Police and Crime Commissioners’ Crime Plans to offer a one page regional overview of what’s important to policing. This, in turn, can better inform prospective researchers to align their efforts to help keep people safe in the region.

Regional Universities are being encouraged to align their research interests with policing and crime needs, so that together there is an enhance capacity and capability to improve policing service delivery, informed through research. The regional work will remain complementary to other more local work, so there is in-built flexibility for issues within the region to be managed at the right level at the right place at the right time. But where there are overlapping issues of mutual challenge or interest it makes sense to work together to realise efficiencies.

Regional Universities will be encouraged to take a thematic voluntary lead o key issues, maintaining a ‘watching brief’, hosting round tables and seeking research grants. To optomise opportunities, EMPAC continues to encourage cross institution work as well as cross discipline, for example beyond the traditional links with ‘Criminology’ but develop new links with Business Schools and Science Faculties.

The commissioning process for research can also be directed toward application through the use of the EMPAC Impact Capacity Rating – click here to access: EMPAC IMPACT CAPACITY RATING to help fine tune how research is developed for usefulness and application as well as on what particular policing priority topic. EMPAC has a strong media partner too in Policing Professional, the UK’s largest selling policing publication with both a print and digital reach, 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!

The strategic approach is to align and coordinate the topics of the research to ensure relevancy is mapped to policing risk, threat and harm. As crime patterns and policing issues change, so do priority plans, informed through public consultation. As plans change we will refresh the overview here to reflect the latest versions. Over time, as this is a Police and Crime portfolio, more and more partners, for example from Fire and Rescue Services and Councils will be involved through the research plan work streams, as the priority issues involve far more than just the Police and need an interconnected, joined-up approach to enhance service provision.

To view the summary click below:

Although ‘work in progress’ – to be finalised during some key meetings in April 2018 (led by DCC Craig Naylor and PCC Hardyal Dhinsdsa) – here is the current charting of that alignment of where research interest and policing need meet. We’ll update this as it evolves, but it gives you a flavour of where we’re going.

Alignment of R & D themes HEI

Each PCC’s currently published Police and Crime Plan is also linked here as well to give you an easy access yet detailed picture of the local crime analysis behind the identified priorities:




Nottinghamshire PCC Police-and-Crime-Plan-2016


Leicestershire Police-and-Crime-Plan-2017-2021


Lincolnshire police-and-crime-plan-for-lincolnshire-2013-2017