Policing Research Group

About us

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The Policing Research Group (PRO) 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 Policing Research group is directed by Dr Karen Lumsden in the Department of Social Sciences. For more information see ‘members’ section.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the Policing Research Group (PRO) 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.
  • In relation to the above, to link with work at the regional level including the East Midlands Policing and Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and nationally with the Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP).
  • 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.