EMPAC features the Lincolnshire Police Single Point of Contact this time: Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Davison, Local Policing lead for Lincolnshire Police. EMPAC SPoCs are voluntary positions in each force and University in the region, and are crucial to ensure two-way communication to keep research focused on impact and making a difference.
Lincolnshire are a progressive force, who have contributed to many EMPAC activities, particularly around Force management Statements and Understanding Demand. Lincolnshire Police HQ hosted the very first Roundtable on Understanding Demand, in 2017, bringing together the forces and universities in the East Midlands Region, but also attracting forces from other parts of the country and representatives of other universities including Edinburgh, University College London and Oxford.
In 2018, Lincolnshire Police hosted an EMPAC Research Cafe to promote and encourage research opportunities to police personnel, supported by the College of Policing What Works Centre, and the National Police library, and in the same year hosted a regional symposium of well-being research, supported by the College of Policing. The Lincolnshire Police Deputy Chief Constable has in the past been an EMPAC strategic operational regional lead, and led on a roundtable on Rural Crime, also in 2018, which was supported by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC) national lead for rural crime.
The University of Lincoln too have been very active in connecting undergraduate projects with policing priorities, producing some very insightful work to help improve policing services. The University also hosted a regional Society of Evidence-Based Policing conference in 2016, where the keynote speakers were Professor Simon Holdaway, of Nottingham Trent University, and the Lincolnshire Deputy Chief Constable.
Lincolnshire have been at the forefront of an innovative National Health Institute for Research (NIHR) bid for external research funding to help improve policing of mental health, drawing together policing and health commissioning, putting them right at the cutting edge of the development of research to improve policing of the future.
T/ACC Davison explained, “Lincolnshire is a relatively small force in numbers, covering a huge geographical area. We have and will continue to find ways to work smart to make the best of our resources. We’re constantly looking for new possibilities to improve, and work closely with our strategic partners and our communities to ensure we’ve got a joined-up approach
We’ve got a really strong network already in place so what I’d like to build on now is in encouraging all our policing family, partners and communities to get more involved in offering up their policing innovation ideas. We’re a really progressive force and we want to be proactive in how we continually evolve to be even better – that takes ideas and enterprise to give things a go. We’ve learned a lot from the policing of the pandemic so we’ll be launching a campaign later this year to stimulate and accelerate research and innovation with our partners and as EMPAC SPoC I’ll be helping join up the communication so it’s a team effort. That will also help us participate in the national Innovation in Policing competition as Lincolnshire is as progressive a police service as you’ll find anywhere in the country.”