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Support to do research

Tools, networks and information to help with research on policing projects and interventions.

Hands-on research help

We provide officers and staff with access to support from specialist College research staff.

Research surgeries

Research surgeries are an opportunity to get bespoke advice and guidance on any research issue facing you or your force. Surgeries can be used for a variety of reasons, such as developing a force survey, planning focus groups with staff, or introducing a new technology or business process.

Surgeries are typically an hour long, though longer slots may be available for complex projects or those focused on national priority areas. They are staffed by two senior College researchers with a broad range of experience designing and undertaking research in policing. Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

2024 surgery dates

All research surgeries take place on Microsoft Teams between 9am and 5pm. 

To request a slot at a session, fill in a research surgery request form and email it to [email protected].

Upcoming dates are:

  • Wednesday 17 January
  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Wednesday 20 March
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Wednesday 22 May
  • Wednesday 19 June

Before confirming your booking, a member of the research team may contact you by telephone to discuss your requirements.

The registered pilots scheme

Get advice and support on how to robustly test new and innovative approaches to tackling crime and other policing problems.

Register a pilot scheme for support with: 

  • research advice and quality assurance of research methods
  • identifying and engaging with relevant academics, specialists and stakeholders
  • enquiries or concerns from media and the general public
  • sharing details of registered projects across forces
  • peer review and hosting of final project reports or findings

Express your interest in registering a pilot by emailing a completed eligibility assessment form to [email protected].

Online research tools

Glossary of research terms

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has an A to Z of terms commonly found when undertaking research.

Peer networks

Academic support network

A peer support community for police officers and staff who are undertaking academic study. Get advice and support from others who have experienced similar challenges in both academic topics and balancing study with policing.

Evidence champions' network

Evidence champions are police officers or staff in force with a focus on evidence-based policing (EBP).

Evidence champions can help you to:

  • get in touch with staff carrying out further study or research if you are carrying out your own research as part of a higher education programme

  • develop a clearer understanding of EBP by directing you to relevant local or national resources

  • gather examples of EBP in your police force or another force in your region, to help with your research or prepare you for career progression

If you need more information or would like to contact your evidence champion, email [email protected] 

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