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The benefits of Peer Reviews in policing

The research literature about Peer Reviews is of relevance to policing in two main ways. Firstly, it is the standardised way that most published research is assessed for validity and quality (for example in academic journals) and, secondly, because it is also a term that describes a function that can…

Latest thinking on police education

John Coxhead has shared two recent articles with the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference hosted in Chicago, based on research with the Universities of Loughborough and Keele in the UK.  The two related articles explore how policing needs fresh approaches to better…

Paid Internships at EMSOU

  EMPAC is excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for students out there to apply for a paid internship with one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the UK. Interested? Read on! The East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU) is one of the largest collaborative policing units in the…

Research to reduce stress in custody cells

Richard Hall is a retired Notinghamshire Police officer who worked as a custody sergeant and inspector for 20 years.  When he retired he undertook a degree and became a professional photographer.  Richard’s dissertation explored the concept of using art in police cells, just as you tend to find in hospitals…

World first approaches in problem solving

EMPAC is all about bringing together the best thinking and insights in order to improve policing and better protect the public. We are interested in driving accelerated innovation and enterprise in order to tackle crime. To support problem solving a fresh approach has been piloted around  the operational real-world challenge…

Research on assaults on Police

Lincolnshire Police Sergeant Lee Johnson has been leading important new research exploring how to better prevent assaults on police. Lee began researching the occupational culture of the police in 2007 as part of a module for a degree and his interest continued into later work during his PhD. Here, he…

New research on County Lines

County Lines is a serious ongoing professional challenge, well documented by Simon Harding in his 2020 book County Lines: exploitation and drug dealing among urban street gangs (Bristol University Press). Now NTU doctoral researcher, Barbie Nash, is conducting new research about ‘To What Extent are County Line Participants’ Entrepreneurs, Offenders…

University of Derby MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy & Organisation

EMPAC is pleased to be able to showcase the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation programme at the University of Derby, which has attracted students from Staffordshire Police, Nottinghamshire Police, Derbyshire Constabulary and South Yorkshire Police. The Programme leader is Dr Richard Stapleford, a serving Chief Inspector with Nottinghamshire Police,…

Research Impact Hub

As part of our core function to drive improved professional practice and innovation in policing, we work collaboratively with universities within, and beyond, our region to bring in the best ideas to benefit policing. As part of that offer, EMPAC also has an in-house capability to carry out its own…

Professionalising interprofessional practice

We often hear that agencies ‘can’t do it alone’, whether that’s safeguarding or crime prevention. Whilst the labels of interagency, multi-agency working or problem solving or interprofessional practice are referred to an awful lot – section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act even made such working a statutory requirement…