Avon and Somerset Constabulary and UWE Bristol receive funding to strengthen collaboration between policing and academia

Issue date: 25 February 2014


Avon and Somerset Constabulary along with UWE Bristol (the University West of England, Bristol) are pleased to announce that both organisations were successful in winning funding to help strengthen collaboration between policing and academic establishments.

The funding has been made available from both the College of Policing and Home Office with the intention of strengthening research within policing to help better inform operational policy.

As part of the successful bid, the Avon and Somerset Constabulary are seeking to establish a network of 'evidence based' champions taken from within the Police, academia, statutory partners, along with the voluntary and private sector. The aim of this network group will be to help identify and facilitate future police research specifically aimed at addressing local priorities and improving community safety.

UWE Bristol will be bringing together the police, academia and local partnerships to help identify and prioritise which research will provide the police with the best opportunities for reducing crime and improving public confidence.

This exciting partnership is being led and supported by Deputy Chief Constable John Long, Vice Chancellor Professor Steve West and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens with support from the College of Policing and the Home Office.

UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor Steve West said, “I am delighted to announce this collaborative project between UWE Bristol and Avon and Somerset Constabulary. UWE Bristol are fully supportive of the project and are committed to real and meaningful partnership working with key organisations in the region. This partnership will build on existing links between the University and the Police and will provide the spring board for broader and deeper joint working going forward that will be of direct benefit to the police, to the University and of course the wider community.”

DCC John Long said, “Our links with academia across the Avon and Somerset area and beyond, are already very strong. We are confident the College of Policing fund will help us to widen our network of academic experts to help target and identify policing priorities that will benefit from further academic research. Through this partnership with UWE Bristol we are seeking to identify local policing challenges and priorities that will benefit from research, which in turn will provide a better evidence base of “what works.”

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said, “This exciting new initiative will help us to develop new insight across untested areas of police and partnership working. It brings clear opportunities for us all to work smarter, invest our time and resources more wisely and further strengthen our relationships with local and national academic institutions.”

Director of Knowledge, Research and Education at the College of Policing, Rachel Tuffin, said: “As the home of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, the College of Policing wants to build links between police and academia so the way we go about policing is as efficient and effective as possible. This funding will be a springboard for future research and learning so police officers and staff get the best evidence to help them cut crime and keep the public safe."

This project is being led within UWE Bristol by James Hoggett, Kieran McCartan and Phil Rumney.

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