Spotlight on EMPAC Fellows

EMPAC would like to celebrate its Fellows by offering some insights into what they’re up to – hearing all about them may encourage other practitioners out there to be a part of research too.

EMPAC Fellowships are an innovative way of developing our policing organisations and staff at the same time. The research approach taken by existing Fellows is exploratory, offering extensive support to innovation and transformation – in a nutshell – to improve policing.

Practitioner-researcher Fellows:
o Have ready access to data with existing professional accountability
o Understand policing’s practical context
o Can identify and develop potential innovations
o Prioritise risk and threat needs
o Develop in the process as a long term asset for policing
o Act as workplace champions for EBP, encouraging a learning organisation culture

There is harmonisation from this model with the Police Qualification Framework and all Fellows register on the College of Policing Research Map, with access to the national Police Online Library, as well as registration with our local EMPAC universities, to access the best of global research.

By the use of existing practitioners, up-skilling and insight is built on a long-term basis rather than through an external ‘one-off’ contribution. This approach builds enhanced critical thinking skills, knowledge and experience for capacity and capability.

We’ve collected a few snippets from existing Fellows who explain what they’re doing.

Neil Matthews explains how his research into serious and organised crime works just like the tactical advisor model for public order and football – getting the best information to inform the best operational decisions:

John Tanner explains he’s interested in finding the best way to use the Crime Harm Index in operational policing. You can read more about the Crime Harm Index on EMPAC news pages, following a recent workshop held at SIPR (Scottish Institute for Police Research) –

Marilyn Barratt, who is enrolled on a Post Graduate programme at Nottingham Trent University, discusses adult vulnerability and the harm caused to older population victims, and her intention to do something to help protect them. Marilyn also explains how being an EMPAC Fellow has been an ‘eye opener’ for her; finding new tools that enhance her existing specialist knowledge and skills:

Dan Whyman, a Chief Inspector with Lincolnshire Police, gives an overview of his research to enhance work with young offenders:

Jonathan Leach, who is enrolled on a Post Graduate programme at the University of Derby, talks about his research into better engagement with both staff and public:

Mark Booth, of EMSOU, discusses one the fastest growing risk and threat areas – cybercrime.  Cybercrime has been described as ‘changing the face of criminality’ within this new digital landscape which carries a Tier 1 Threat to National Security – putting it on the same level as terrorism:

There are many more EMPAC Fellows – Sgt. Lee Johnson from Lincolnshire Police and D.C. Amy Rutland from Leicestershire Police are both featured in editions of Police Professional, for example, and there’s a growing interest from others who would like to research policing issues.

If you are interested further in research about policing in the region just contact EMPAC!


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