EMPAC Universities offer world beating expertise

Did you know just how wide and deep the research driven by EMPAC universities in the East Midlands is? Have a look at this jaw dropping sample of just some of the expertise there is!

The EMPAC web has themes and topics listed so you simply click on a topic to easily find everyone active – or you can contact john.coxhead@EMPAC.org.uk to post a request for support in any policing research topic. There’s pretty much nothing somebody doesn’t know about across our EMPAC universities!

This is just a taster – go to ‘find an expert’ on the EMPAC web site for a more detailed search and delve into each university’s own comprehensive overview on their websites. Here we go on a whistle stop tour to introduce you to just a small part of what EMPAC universities have to offer!

Use EMPAC – it’s always worth a call if you are thinking about a policing research issue.


De Montfort’s Policing Research Group has been producing projects on:

  • Reducing Violence in the Night Time Economy
  • Police Leadership and the Strategic Management of Mega-Events
  • Burglary Reduction
  • Exploring Stop and Search
  • Complex Systems and Managing Change
  • Serious Offending by Mobile European Criminals
  • Crime Prevention Practices of the Serious Organised Economic Crime Unit
  • Community Management of Sex Offenders
  • Multi Agency Public Protection Panels
  • Policing as Critical-Reflective Practice
  • Policing and Dyslexia
  • Problems of Effective Co-operation: London 2012 Olympics and Lessons Learnt

DMU lead on Serious Organised Crime for EMPAC – Dr Lee Hadlington. See research networks on EMPAC for more information.

For more information visit DMU at http://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/research-faculties-and-institutes/health-and-life-sciences/community-and-criminal-justice-research/criminal-justice-research-group.aspx

The University of Derby, through its International Policing and Justice Institute, has active research in:-

  • Investigative Interviewing of Suspects, Witnesses and Victims
  • Witness Memory
  • Modern Slavery
  • Partnership Working
  • Evidence-based practice and Problem Solving
  • Domestic Violence, Homicide and Abuse
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • Kidnapping and Abduction
  • Serious, Organised, Transnational and Corporate Crime
  • Forensic Handwriting and Document Analysis
  • Children with Autism in the Criminal Justice System

For more information go to www.derby.ac.uk/ihss/the-institute

The University of Derby lead on Operational Policing for EMPAC – Nick Howe – see the EMPAC web site for more information.

Loughborough University’s Policing Research Group (PRO) uses an interdisciplinary approach, for real world solutions, and is coordinated by Dr Karen Lumsden.

For example, current PhD research within Loughborough’s Centre for Doctoral Training under the theme of Policing for the Future: Socio-technical Resilience and Innovation has five fully funded PhD studentships exploring:

  • Leadership Styles
  • Sexual Harassment on the London Underground
  • Mapping Repeat Victimisation (motor vehicles)
  • Forensic Science (fingerprints)
  • Counter Terrorism and Crowded Places

For more information go to lboro.ac.uk Policing Research Group

Loughborough lead on Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection for EMPAC – Dr Karen Lumsden. See EMAC web on research networks for more information.

Nottingham Trent University have current research examining:

  • Policy, Governance and Interoperability within Policing and Fire Services
  • Impact of crime reduction strategies
  • Compliance of Criminal Justice practitioners
  • Market reduction strategies by police services
  • Use of the Internet in hate crime
  • Economics of street based sex markets
  • Denial in adult sex offenders
  • Hate crime, through the Centre for Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes
  • Occupational Culture of Policing
  • Police Race Relations
  • The recruitment, retention and promotion of Black and Minority Ethnic Police Officers
  • Police Leadership
  • Policy development and implementation

For more information go to www.ntu.ac.uk.

Nottingham Trent lead on Local and Community Policing for EMPAC – Professor Simon Holdaway. See the EMPAC website for more information.

The University of Northampton, via its Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, uses crime analysis to support more effective operational policing. Research includes:

  • Understanding ASB
  • Front Line Voices of Emergency Workers
  • Victim Experiences and Public Attitudes
  • Special Constabulary
  • Employer Supported policing
  • Coaching
  • Citizens in Policing
  • Penal Reform
  • Sobriety bracelets in conditional cautioning

For more information go to www.ipscj.org.

Northampton help deliver EMPAC administration and are coordinating liaison for the national SEBP 2017 conference, to be held in Northamptonshire.

The University of Northampton lead on Organisational Transformation for EMPAC – Laura Knight. See the EMPAC website for more information.

The University of Lincoln has research across a wide spectrum, including:

  • Powers of Entry
  • Policing of LGBT
  • Penal System
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Domestic violence and sadomasochism
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers

For more information on research activity visit Lincoln.ac.uk.

Lincoln are currently working with Lincolnshire Police to develop ‘thoughtful policing’ and are hosting a conference on 31st October – see the EMPAC web for more information and to book.

The University of Leicester have three overarching research themes:

  • Penology including prisons, sentencing, desistance and probation
  • Policing including victims of domestic abuse, policing football matches and the implementation of banning orders, police, media and public life, and  forensic evidence in policing.
  • Security, risk and loss including the implications of mobile scanning on theft.

In addition,

  • Hate Crime Leicester has become a leading centre in the UK for research in this area. The Leicester Centre for Hate Studies is led by Neil Chakraborti.
  • Forensic Science Including the effectiveness of forensic evidence recovery from crime scenes, and legal highs.
  • Gender, Crime and Justice. Including women’s sentencing, custody and alternatives to prison, gender-based violence, family intervention, the commercialisation and criminalisation of sexually exploited young people, and prostitution.

For more information visit www2.le.ac.uk/criminology


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