The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) is a cooperative network between the five forces and Offices of Police and crime Commissioners and University researchers, to improve policing in the region through research and innovation. 

Our purpose is to improve policing practice, informed by research. We do this by bringing together policing professionals with academic researchers to:-

  • drive research and innovation with a policing purpose, focusing on policing priorities
  • ensure all of the police forces of the EM region are involved and benefit, and academic researchers across disciplines and institutions are involved in order to optimise the benefits to regional policing practice
  • work together to co-problematise and co-produce high impact research (i.e. research that is useful and applicable to policing practice – see our impact measuring guide here:- http://www.empac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/EMPAC-IMPACT-CAPACITY-RATING.pdf.

We encourage a place for professional practice and academic research to come together for a team effort. As a region, the East Midlands offers a strong test bed for investment in policing research, given the potential for transferability and replication across other policing regions of the country. Our aspiration is to be the most progressive and innovative policing region in the country.

Our approach

EMPAC is not a single, separate entity, but a collaboration across the region’s policing structures and research institutions. EMPAC offers a strong progressive opportunity for policing and researchers to work together, where joint working will produce better outcomes than either working alone. We seek an alignment wherever possible of researcher interest with policing priorities – creating a win / win that in turn benefits the public by improving policing services.

Alignment can take various forms – such as via a self-funded PhD candidate, or a professional researcher with allocated research and scholarly time, who shares an interest with policing over a priority topic.

EMPAC is not a funding body but will act as a bidding partner for external research grant applications. We are keen to progress working in partnership to bring in fresh research investment to our region.

Respecting the importance and sensitivity of policing within society, research data arising from Police EMPAC members partners involvement will be owned by the Police, and will not be not be used or disseminated without explicit Police permission (e.g. a specific jointly agreed data processing contract or data protection agreement).

See more about our research priorities here:- http://www.empac.org.uk/east-midlands-police-crime-research-development/


EMPAC’s  strategic leads are Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the East Midlands region.

Hardyal Dhindsa is a psychology graduate, who qualified as a Social Worker from the London School of Economics and went on to 30 years’ experience as a senior Probation Manager in Nottinghamshire, prior to being elected as Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

A Loughborough graduate, Rachel Swann began her policing career in 1994 with Leicestershire Police.  A former Assistant Chief Constable at Northamptonshre, Rachel is now the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary.

EMPAC’s Research Partnerships Manager, who reports to the strategic leads, is Dr John Coxhead. John is a former police officer of 30 years, now employed as specialist police staff. As a ‘pracademic’ he  completed his doctorate back in 2006 and has current professorships at Keele and Loughborough Universities, as well as being external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University (undergraduate policing), Manchester Metropolitan University (MA Applied Criminology) and the University of Wales Trinity St David (MSc Policing Leadership). He is a resident journalistic columnist with Police Professional (the UK’s biggest selling policing publication) and his most recent book – Research for Police Professionals – is co-authored with Professor Ken Pease (University College, London).

Contact us

EMPAC Research Partnership Manager:-


Telephone 07470 181050

EMPAC Office Administration:-


Telephone 0116 2222222, extension 2066