School of Law

Responding to Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour: Research Impact Event

27 July 2011 |

Members of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies engaged with over 50 professionals working in policy and practice across 25 organisations, both regionally and locally, at an event designed to explore the relations between research, policy and practice in responding to crime and anti-social behaviour, which took place on 13th July.

Jane Mowat, Chair of the National Community Safety Network, opened the event by outlining and discussing some of the current challenges confronting community safety partnerships. She highlighted the benefits derived from inter-organisational working and the difficulties that present themselves in the current climate of fiscal constraint.

After this introduction, the findings of recently completed research conducted within the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies were presented in relation to three substantive themes:

  1. Anti-Social Behaviour (The Use and Impact of Interventions with Young People), by Adam Crawford, Sam Lewis, Peter Traynor;
  2. Policing (Harnessing the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships) by Stuart Lister; and
  3. Housing (Gating as Crime Prevention) by Sarah Blandy.

The findings and implications of the Centre’s research projects for policy and practice were responded to and discussed by practitioners. Formal responses were given by: (i) Harvinder Saimbhi, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour Team and her colleague Keith Mack, at Leeds Community Safety; (ii) Chris Moore-house Everett, Chief Inspector with West Yorkshire Police; and (iii) Calvin Beckford who has held key roles in the Metropolitan Police, ACPO Secured by Design and the Designing Out Crime Association.

The findings of all the above research projects were also showcased through a poster exhibition. In addition, the exhibition included a study of 'Perceptions of Safety and Reassurance' by Anna Barker who is currently completing her ESRC funded CASE PhD in collaboration with Safer Leeds.

The event highlighted a number of research partnership opportunities for organisations with the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Leeds Social Science Institute (LSSI), including:

  • Collaborative research with PhD students
  • ‘Building Sustainable Societies’ Transformation Fund ‘Security and Justice’ Hub
  • LSSI Placement Scheme

Event outcomes included:

  • Harnessing and increasing the local impact of research, notably within the city of Leeds and regionally.
  • Fostering good relations with local policy-makers and research-users.
  • Identifying possible CASE studentship proposals.
  • Encourage future knowledge transfer partnerships.
  • Poster displays at the offices of Safer Leeds.

Feedback included the following:

"A very interesting and thought provoking day." Community Safety Officer

The following organisations were represented at the event:

  • Blackpool Community Safety Partnership
  • Bradford District Safer Neighbourhoods and Partnerships
  • Centro
  • Craven Community Safety Partnership
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • East North East Homes Leeds
  • Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership
  • Kirkless Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Leeds Community Safety
  • National Community Safety Network
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Partnership Development services
  • Places For People
  • Ryedale District Council
  • Safer Halton Partnership
  • Scarborough Safer Communities Partnership
  • South Bucks District Council
  • The Crime Prevention Website
  • Wakefield Council
  • West North West Homes Leeds
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Police Authority
  • West Yorkshire Probation Trust

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