Innovation and investment in policing with new ESRC funding

A new project set up by the University is to bring innovation to policing across West Yorkshire.

The aim of the year-long project, which has secured funding of £125,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council, is to help create opportunities for research, information sharing and skills training, so that knowledge can be exchanged between a research team at the University, West Yorkshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

It will focus on four key themes: Partnerships and Culture Change, Understanding Acquisitive Crime such as burglary and shoplifting, Community Engagement and also Public Order.

Professor Adam Crawford, of the School of Law, who is leading the University of Leeds team, said: “We are building a stronger partnership of collaboration and a more robust evidence base upon which police can draw. We see this as a pilot project that will transform relationships between police and universities in years to come, with benefits in knowledge creation, innovation and learning that could impact on policing across the United Kingdom.”

Other members of the research team include Stuart Lister, Dr Clifford Stott (both Law) and Dr Nick Malleson, of the School of Geography.

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