Policing, community safety, crime prevention and victim services have all gone through unprecedented changes in recent years. This pioneering partnership provides an ideal opportunity for research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the research, policy and policing practice.  

The N8 Research Policing Partnership is an established research collaboration between the eight universities that comprise the N8 (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, York) and 11 policing forces and OPCCs across the north of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Greater Manchester Police, Humberside, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumbria, North Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police, and West Yorkshire Police).

N8 PRP was established in 2013 and is currently co-funded by the partner HEIs and 11 Forces. The overall partnership aim is to build research co-production capacity and test mechanisms for exploiting the knowledge and expertise of the HE sector in order to strengthen the evidence base on which police policy, practice and training are developed and so support innovation and the professionalisation of policing.


  • Building research co-production capacity;
  • Testing mechanisms for exploiting knowledge and expertise to strengthen the evidence-base on which policy, practice and training are developed;
  • Supporting innovation and the professionalisation of policing.


  • Produce high quality, independent research;
  • To build policing research and knowledge exchange capacity in HEIs;
  • To enhance the quality, integrity, scope, synthesis and exploitation of datasets;
  • To develop capacity and resources in (a) policing research and (b) police and crime data analytics;
  • To encourage and foster the development of national and international links;
  • To develop and disseminate a transferable model of practice.

For further information:

N8 PRP About

N8 PRP Purpose, Rationale & Principles

International Advisory Board

The Advisory Board comprises senior representatives from the policy, practice and research communities both nationally and internationally with links to and expertise in policing