EMPAC refreshes research priorities for 2020

The East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration has refreshed its proactive research priorities ready for an exciting year in 2020. EMPAC’s strategic leads are Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, on behalf of the East Midlands region.

Our proactive priorities for policing research and innovation

The new Research Partnership Manager role is now directly funded equally across East Midlands policing (following previous investment via the Home Office and HEFCE via the Police Knowledge Fund) as a specialist police staff post. The new proactive targeted priorities for policing are:

  • Force Management Statements: Understanding Demand, led by Supt. Mark Housley (Lincs) and Dr Rowena Hill (NTU)

You can contact Mark at mark.housley@lincs.pnn.police.uk and Rowena at rowena.hill@ntu.ac.uk.

  • Serious Organised Crime, led by DCC Chris Haward (EMSOU) and Professor Dave Walsh (DMU)

You can contact Dave at dave.walsh@dmu.ac.uk.

EMPAC welcomes other additional research workstreams which are of interest to any academic researcher(s) and offers a beneficial impact to East Midlands policing. EMPAC welcomes any interest in scoping external research bid funding (such as ESRC). Researchers are invited to discuss their thoughts with EMPAC concerning the relevance of proposed research to policing, on a case by case basis.

EMPAC remains committed to the importance of impact in research – see the EMPAC Impact Capacity RatingEMPAC IMPACT CAPACITY RATING.  This helps fine tune how research is developed for usefulness and application as well as on what particular policing priority topic. EMPAC has a strong media partner in Policing Professional, the UK’s largest selling policing publication with both a print and digital reach monthly of 50,000 readers, to help with communicating ideas for practitioners to use in the workplace. EMPAC doesn’t just want to encourage good ideas it wants to see them used!

Contact us

EMPAC Research Partnership Manager:- 


Telephone 07470 181050

EMPAC Office Administration:-


Telephone 0116 2222222, extension 2066



The Single Point of Contacts (SPOCs) for each member organisation:- 

Derbyshire – C/Inspector Wendy Smedley

Leicestershire – C/Inspector Dan Pedley / Graham Pickering

Linconshire – Kelly Rodgers

Northamptonshire – Sarah Calvert / Nicole Plummer

Nottinghamshire – C/Inspector Simon Allardice

EMSOU – D/Inspector Harry Dick / Alex Paradise

De Montfort University – Professor Rob Canton

University of Derby – Professor Phil Hodgson

University of Leicester – Dr Matt Tonkin and Dr Claire Davis 

University of Lincoln – Professor Matthew Hall

Loughborough University – Professor Michael J de C Henshaw

University of Northampton – Dr Laura Knight / Danny Ash

Nottingham Trent University – Professor Cillian Ryan / Dr Rowena Hill

University of Nottingham – Professor Todd Landman / Associate Professor Kerry Clamp





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