Policing Research Group
The Policing Research Group is comprised of academics from across Loughborough University who are conducting research on policing, or whose research has a specific application in the policing context. The research strengths and expertise are varied and draw on the interdisciplinary nature of internationally renowned research conducted across Loughborough University in areas including Social Sciences, Geography, Design, Business, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and the Arts. The Group is led by Dr Karen Lumsden in the Department of Social Sciences.
The aims and objectives of the Policing Research Group are:
- To conduct internationally renowned research into policing, security and crime.
- To draw together and consolidate the expertise which exists across the University in areas including: Social Sciences, Geography, Design, Business, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and the Arts.
- To facilitate and build sustainable research collaborations on policing regionally, nationally and internationally.
- To link with work at the regional level including forces such as West Midlands Police and the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration and nationally with the Society of Evidence Based Policing.
- To focus on research which is designed to accommodate the needs of the user, providing ‘real world’ solutions for policing and security problems.
- To provide a forum for both academics and police to share research findings and explore knowledge transfer opportunities.
- To host an annual conference on policing, with workshops and seminars held across the year on policing relevant topics and themes.
- To link research with enterprise, ensuring that technologies and knowledge on policing, security and crime are made available to police and other relevant groups to make use of their full potential for social, economic and cultural impact.
East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
Loughborough University is an active and founding member of the recently established East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and sits on its Executive Board. EMPAC is a collaboration between the five regional police forces (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire), Police Crime Commissioners, College of Policing, and regional universities. The collaboration aims to: undertake high quality research which is relevant to the needs of users; enhance research capability; draw on an existing network of collaborating institutes; act as a catalyst for the translation of evidence into professional development and practice.
On 3 June 2014 Loughborough University hosted the launch event of EMPAC as part of its Secure and Resilient Societies Research Challenge which allowed for communication and scoping of police and university research themes and challenges, and explored ways of moving forward. Over 80 delegates attended the event which explored the regional and national context of police and academic partnerships and showcased policing related research currently in progress at universities. The day included presentations from regional police and academic partners and a research mapping exercise to facilitate the development and strategic direction of the collaboration in terms of future research and CPD. In 2015 we held CPD events on ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ and ‘Victims’ Journeys through the Criminal Justice System’.