16 June 2017

Queen’s Birthday Honours for senior officer following College nomination

A senior police officer has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his outstanding contribution to evidence-based policing after being nominated by the College of Policing.

​Alex Murray, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable at West Midlands Police, will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his outstanding work to embed an evidence-based approach in all policing decisions.

In 2009 T/ACC Murray and others started the Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which aimed to promote an evidence-based approach to policing across the UK by using the best available research.

It now has around 5,000 members including branches around the world in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

He has developed innovative ways of using research to improve policing, including evidence on what works in violent crime reduction, community partnerships, major drug initiatives and counter terrorism.

He was also involved in the ground-breaking development of research fairs with the College of Policing, where police employees could meet and be matched with academics for research projects.

T/ACC Murray, 41, who started his career with West Midland Police in 1996, said: "I was really surprised when I received the letter telling me I had been awarded the OBE. It is a credit to all those staff who have tried to work in in an evidence-based way. I have worked with lots and lots of people in the police, in the College of Policing and in universities who are really committed to this approach and the benefits it can bring and I would like to say thank-you to them all.

He went on to say: "Evidence-based policing is not about the type of evidence we use in court, but about the evidence around what really works in fighting crime. How do we understand what the actual effect of our action is? How do we link cause with effect? It allows police to be innovative because we can get a genuine understanding of the impact we are making.

"In the West Midlands this has allowed us to change the way we manage offenders, police hot-spots, road safety and even counter-terrorism."

His work in West Midlands Police led HMIC to note that the force had a strong track record of using evidence-based policing projects, working with universities to improve the police response to public concerns.

T/ACC Murray has also written ten publications on evidence-based policing and regularly promotes it through the media and on social media.

College of Policing Director of Knowledge, Research and Education, Rachel Tuffin said: "On behalf of everyone at the College I would like to congratulate Alex Murray on his OBE, which is a tremendous honour which he thoroughly deserves.

"He has had a major personal impact on the development of the profession of policing through his passionate championing of an evidence-based approach.

"His innovative work puts integrity and leadership at the heart of evidence-based policing and inspires officers and staff to combine policing skills and knowledge with scientific methods to make a true profession.

"The College and Alex have worked closely for a number of years and his work supports our aims and has the potential to change the culture and leadership of policing at every level."

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