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Crime research hub a collaboration between University of Gloucestershire and Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

By Lisa Jones

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A centre of expertise is to be created for research into domestic abuse, murder, serious sexual offences, neighbourhood policing and crime prevention.

A £20,000 cash injection will fund the Gloucestershire Hub for Policing Research, Development and Community Engagement.

The partnership is a collaboration between Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, Gloucestershire Police and the University of Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: "We are delighted to be one of only two police forces to be recognised by the College of Policing.

“We have known for a long time that different forces take different approaches to similar scenarios, regardless of what the evidence might suggest is the best approach. This grant will enable us to work more closely with the University of Gloucestershire to evaluate the effectiveness of the work of the police and other agencies.

“Evidence-based practices – what’s worked before will work again – are used in medicine and can be applied in policing. It’s important that we examine every way we can to improve policing and the service we provide to the public and this will help us achieve that.”

The wider collaborative approach will also involve work with Gloucestershire College and Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action.

The hub will focus on building evidence of what works in policing; looking at innovative ways to engage with the community; and training and continuous professional development for police officers and staff.

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University, said: “The university is committed to working with our partners to help make Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. This partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner is a good example of working together for the wellbeing of our community.

“It will allow us to collaborate on research in areas such as domestic abuse, homicide, neighbourhood policing and crime prevention. Drawing on the expertise of the university’s staff, we will be looking at evidence of what works in policing. We will also be seeking ways to work together to provide training and continuous professional development for police officers and staff.”

Gloucestershire Police was one of two police forces who joined a list of seven top universities and a crime prevention charity to receive grants totalling £496,000 to create local networks between police and academic partners.

The work carried out by the local partnerships will feed into the National What Works Centre for Crime Reduction providing robust and comprehensive evidence for police to tackle crime.

College of Policing head of research, 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.”

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