Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

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An Exploratory Knowledge Platform for Policing: Exploiting Knowledge Assets, Utilising Data and Piloting Research Co-production

November 2014 - October 2015

This year-long project, which has secured funding of £125,000 from the ESRC, is a collaboration between a research team at the University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

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The project aims to build a stronger partnership of collaboration between the university and police. It also aims to build a more robust evidence base upon which police can draw and therefore support the emergence of an evidence-based profession.

The project seeks to change the ways in which the police use evidence and insights from research. It also seeks to change the ways in which researchers frame research questions and engage with policing professionals across the life-course of research.

The project will build a platform for knowledge exchange and research co-production, creating opportunities for research, information sharing and skills training. It will explore different models of fostering greater collaboration between the police and the university.

The project will focus on four key themes: Partnerships and Culture Change (lead Adam Crawford); Understanding Acquisitive Crime such as burglary and shoplifting (lead Nick Malleson); Community Engagement (lead Stuart Lister) and Public Order (lead by Clifford Stott).

The project is envisaged as a pilot project that will transform relationships between police and universities in years to come, with benefits in knowledge creation, innovation and learning that could impact on policing across the United Kingdom.”

Partnerships in the Delivery of Policing and Safeguarding Children Summary (pdf)
Partnerships in the Delivery of Policing and Safeguarding Children Full Report (pdf)
Adam Crawford and Xavier L’Hoiry (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds)

Evaluation of Police-Community Engagement Practices (pdf)
Stuart Lister (University of Leeds), Beverley Adams and Simon Phillips (West Yorkshire Police)

Public Order and Public Safety (POPS) Policing (pdf)
Dr Clifford Stott (University of Leeds), Supt. Owen West, Insp. Richard Cawkwell, Supt. Dave Lunn, Chief Insp. Derek Hughes (West Yorkshire Police) and Sgt Ben Kemp (WyFi)

Understanding Acquisitive Crime through Collaborative Spatial Analysis of Burglary and Shoplifting  (pdf)
Understanding Acquisitive Crime through Collaborative Spatial Analysis of Burglary and Shoplifting Full report (pdf)
Dr Nick Malleson (School of Geography, University of Leeds)

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