EMPAC has collated the 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. That’s not about wanting to close research opportunities down – innovation and insight is sought more than ever – it just helps give purpose of why research can genuinely help when targeted.
We encourage researchers from wherever they may be to target their efforts into making a difference based on these identified priorities, which have been identified through publicly accountable consultation. Researchers are also encouraged to use 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.
For policing research commissioners (which could include OPCCs or force based EBP groups), this approach means more researcher assets to help you deliver policing strategic intelligence requirements. Already we have seen in our region researchers deployed as interns within policing analytical teams, and there is much more room to do more of that. All we need to do between policing and university researchers is to align and coordinate the topics of the research to ensure relevancy is mapped to policing risk, threat and harm. If we have, for example, 500 researchers in our region currently focussing on policing, that means we can coordinate 500 more researchers to actively address risk, threat and harm – creating a virtual army of resources to help! All we need to do is to drive the message of the need to align our focus to operate as one big team.
As crime patterns and policing leaders change, so do priority plans, informed through public consultation. As plans change we will refresh the overview here to reflect the latest versions.
Although these plans may not capture everything about the complex job of policing, these local priorities, and the national Policing Vision 2025, are a good start to encourage policing research of the future to become more and more applied and of direct benefit to policing, and, ultimately, the public.
To view the summary click below:
REGIONAL RISK, THREAT, HARM
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: