College of Policing / HEFCE ‘Policing Knowledge Fund’
Dates: September 2015 to October 2017
Co-Investigator at Loughborough University: Dr Karen Lumsden. Other investigators: PI University of Northampton; Co-Is: University of Derby, University of Lincoln, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, regional police forces and PCCs.
Description: The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) combines the best of academic expertise and a ‘what works’ evidence base to create a dynamic and exciting multilateral partnership that has a tangible impact on policing in the East Midlands and beyond. EMPAC is comprised of police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and universities in the region. This project seeks to embed or accelerate understanding of crime and policing issues, and evidence-based problem-solving approaches. It also seeks to demonstrate innovation in building the research evidence base and applying it through knowledge exchange and translation across all levels of policing. EMPAC includes five thematic research networks. At Loughborough University Dr Karen Lumsden is the Academic Lead of the network on Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection, with four research projects and various events scheduled per network over the next 2 years.
Events: EMPAC annual event (4 March 2016), further details to be provided.
For more information email: K.Lumsden@lboro.ac.uk
Enterprise Project Grant: Loughborough University Strategic Partnership Development with Police Forces
Dates: July 2014 to July 2015
Principal Investigator: Dr Karen Lumsden; Senior Research Associate: Dr Jackie Goode
Description: This Enterprise Project Grant funded via the Higher Education Innovation Fund (£117k) focuses on the strategic development of partnerships with regional forces in order to build a wider sustainable framework for collaboration with police partners on research, knowledge transfer, enterprise, evidence-based policing, continual professional development, and teaching.
Events: March 2015: Victims’ Journeys through the Criminal Justice System. July 2015: Policing Research Group Annual Conference.
Achieving Best Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases with Intoxicated Victims
Dates: September 2014 to July 2017
PI at Loughborough University: Dr Heather Flowe. Other investigators: Dr Anna Carline and Dr Clare Gunby, University of Leicester
Description: We work with organisations from all over the world to achieve best evidence in sexual assault cases through evidence-based training and research. We are working to develop interview protocols, specifically for sexual assault cases in which the victim was intoxicated during the offence. Our group is composed of criminal justice professionals and academics who specialise in interviewing and memory. Our work has been funded by the ESRC, the British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation, and Alcohol Research UK.