Local and Community Policing

The Local and Community Policing Network is jointly led by Simon Cole, the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, and Simon Holdaway, Professor of Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Together they have selected two projects for our network to focus on in our first year, based on priorities suggested by police forces together with Police and Crime Commissioners.

The first is to develop a system to allow police officers to work out how best to communicate with different groups of people in their local area. The second is to identify which victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB) are at risk of becoming victims of other types of crime. A team of researchers based in the School of Social Sciences at NTU will be coordinating this work.

If you’d like to keep up to date with our network, ask questions, or get involved, then you can follow us on Twitter (@EMPAClocal), visit our website or get in touch via email.

Academic research lead: Simon Holdaway
Policing research lead: Chief Constable Simon Cole

The Local and Community Policing Network will deliver the following projects:

Police engagement with local communities

Aims: Development and testing of a tool which enables police forces to target their engagement approaches most effectively, across socio-demographics, particularly rural areas and for children and young people. Improving efficient practice in neighbourhood policing, public confidence, reporting crime.

Police engagement with local communities project page

Anti-Social Behaviour risk and management

Aims: Development and testing of a tool to identify those at risk of further victimisation, for example violence, based on individual profile, context and circumstance. Implementing targeted resources to reduce repeat victimisation, policy development across police and partners

Anti-Social Behaviour risk and management project page

Cyber beat: policing cyber space

Nottingham Trent University will be responsible for independently evaluating the Cyber Beat pilot. Evaluation criteria include changes in demand, efficiency savings and changes in public confidence.


Braunston Blues impact evaluation

Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) are collaborating in a project to reduce demand for all three emergency services from repeat service users in the Braunstone area of Leicester.

The evaluation includes assessing the impact of deploying an EMAS paramedic to three care homes in the area.