Research Roundup: a one minute briefing

Here  is the latest for February 2021

  • EMPAC is pleased to welcome Deputy Chief Constable Kate Meynell, who is taking over from Chief Constable Rachel Swann as senior operational strategic lead for the collaboration. EMPAC thanks Rachel for her support over the last two years and looks forward to working with Kate, alongside PCC Hardyal Dhindsa.
  • Professor Karen Harrison is our new University of Lincoln point of contact.
  • EMPAC are scoping a bid to enhance health-based approaches in policing, focussed on mental health via a national research grant, led by Dr Matt Callender of the University of Northampton, drawing in Dr Craig Paterson (Sheffield Hallam University). and Professor Peter Kawalek (Loughborough University) as well as NHS commissioning strategic colleagues.
  • EMPAC are developing a resource that collates relevant research in global policing problem solving approaches to support Lincolnshire Police’s development of problem solving.
  • The latest reports on Serious Organised Crime research, led by De Montfort University, have been published. The next interim update report being prepared concerns ‘Intelligence’. You can read the previous reports here:- Community Resilience: EMPAC SOC COMMUNITY RESILIENCE Progress Report Nov 2020 Organisational AdaptabilityEMPAC SOC ORGANISATIONAL ADAPTABILITY Progress Report. 
  • Dr Dan Sage, Dr Chris Zebrowski and Nina Jorden (Loughborough University) are leading on UK Cabinet Office supported research on Enhancing the use of Resilience Direct in the Covid-19 response: a comparative analysis of Local Resilience Forums.
  • The University of Leicester won Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) funding to tackle knife crime and reduce violence. Led by Associate Professor Matt Hopkins, Dr Claire Davis and Dr Keith Floyd, a Violence Reduction Network has been established involving representatives from all the region’s forces.
  • Loughborough University are creating a new Policing Innovation Special Interest Group, led by Professors Peter Kawalek and John Coxhead, to champion the ‘what if’ agenda, which complements the new national invitation in policing competition (hosted at Loughborough).
  • Lincolnshire Superintendent Mark Housley, Kate Hemstock (Derbyshire) and Dr Rowena Hill (Nottingham Trent University) are leading work to better understand and reduce demand, aligned to Force Management Statements (FMS),  see updates here: –
  • Associate Professor Loretta Trickett, of Nottingham Trent University, has ongoing research about improving police handling of hate crime through more targeted risk assessing; and is also scoping research about race hate tensions  within communities.
  • Dr Ben Brewster, of the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, is working with Detective Inspector Steve Roberts to scope a new regional problem profile to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. This issue was identified at a regional level as a core vulnerability concern and now stakeholders are being canvassed and research funding sought. The scoping includes working with other national experts, such as Dr Craig Paterson from Sheffield Hallam University, given the transnational nature of the crime.
  • EMPAC are exploring a cutting-edge agile data analysis tool called Netgraph that could really change the way data informs improved policing decision-making. Piloting is underway in Derby – watch this space!