Work continues on £10m fund for evidence based policing

Thirty universities are working with 39 forces to build the evidence base for frontline policing

​Work is ongoing on police and academic collaborations supported by a two-year £10m fund to build the evidence base to benefit frontline officers and staff.

The Police Knowledge Fund involves thirty universities working with officers and staff from 39 forces so that those on the frontline can develop their skills and expertise in using and understanding evidence, and put it into practice.

The fund, which is a joint initiative between the College, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Home Office, is delivering work in areas such as mental health, cybercrime, domestic abuse, child exploitation, hate crime and organised crime.

For example, one project will examine the memory of victims in cases of rape and sexual abuse. The project will inform the development of training materials and tools.

The University of Sussex is working with the Metropolitan Police Service to modernise the approach to policing hate crime through making better use of the evidence base, while the University of Sheffield is partnering with forces in South Yorkshire, Humberside and West Yorkshire to improve the delivery of restorative justice and victim engagement.

In addition there are several projects which are designed to assist officers and staff to use evidence-based policing in their work.

This week a dozen of the 14 leading universities met to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working together to ensure those on the frontline benefit from the work.

More information from the projects will be published in the College newsletter in the coming months.

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