28 November 2017

Conference held to showcase successful collaborations between police and academia

A special showcase event was held yesterday (Monday, 27 November) to mark the successful completion of a £10m collaboration to support closer working between police and academia.

​The Police Knowledge Fund Showcase Conference took place in Ryton to mark the completion of the programme, which brought together officers, police staff and academics to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving in policing.
More than 30 forces worked with a similar number of universities to contribute to the evidence base in vital areas such as cybercrime and mental health.
The programme aimed to develop the understanding and use of research in policing; widen understanding of evidence-based approaches to solve problems and, where there were gaps, develop and build new evidence-based approaches and share learning and knowledge across policing.
Police officers and staff joined forces with experts from a wide range of disciplines including criminology, economics, neuroscience, epidemiology and computer science to develop new skills, understand more about why crimes are committed and use that evidence to develop new and innovative ways of policing.
As a result of the work carried out during the project more than 500 officers attended evidence based policing workshops and courses and 569 products, including tools and applications, were developed for policing.
The event is providing an opportunity for each collaboration to celebrate of their work and give some of the highlights.
The event is focussed on showcasing products and activities which have had a direct impact on policing, including the creation of research evidence and the development of practical tools for officers and staff.

Dr Nicky Miller, Research Evidence Partnerships Manager at the College of Policing, said: "The conference marks the culmination of two years of successful collaborations between police and academia which helped ensure officers and staff could develop their skills, build their knowledge about what really works in policing and crime reduction and put it into practice.
"The showcase was an opportunity for us to find out more about just some of the extraordinary work which was carried out by officers, staff and researchers and give us an insight into how we can use that information to provide the best service to the public."

Find out more about the Police Knowledge Fund projects on the College website.
Notes to Editors
The Police Knowledge Fund was made up of £5 million of funding from the Home Office and £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, secured through the College of Policing. It supported education and research collaborations between police forces and academic institutions.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. HEFCE invest on behalf of students and the public to promote world-leading research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

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