East Midlands Policing and Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
Loughborough University is an active and founding member of the recently established East Midlands Policing and Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and sits on its Executive Board and Academic Governance Group. 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 first 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.