Building tools and training for crime analysts using R @ University of Manchester
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm




The workshop will explore R (an open source statistical software) and its potential for crime analysis. Intelligence analysis is a critical component of contemporary policing strategies. While considerable effort is being made to develop training programmes and frameworks in order to systematically analyse and understand contemporary crime problems, there are few ‘how-to’ guides for specific analysis tools (statistics packages) for these programmes and frameworks. The workshop is a catalyst event to open discussions on what such ‘how-to’ guides might look like and to begin development of a network of policing practitioners and academics interested in working together to develop ‘how-to’ guides, and other training resources for the analysis of police data.

This event is now full.



Registration with coffee10:00
Introduction to the N8 Policing Research Partnership 10:30
Overview of the Day10:50
Presentations: examples of R for Crime Analysis (tbc):

·       Terrorism prevention with predictive modelling in R

·       Dashboards and interactive reports using R

·       Installing and using R on Police and Government systems

·       Estimating the time of aoristic crime events in R

·       Detecting points of change in crime trends in R

Workshops: co-producing an outline of training requirements / ensuring means for sustainable collaboration and material development.14:00
Afternoon tea break15:00
Final Reflections and Network Building: Highlighting key themes from the day, and outlining next steps to sustain connections made.15:15
Workshop closes15.45

For specific queries about the content of the day (not booking enquiries) contact Dr R Solymosi:

University of Manchester CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18
Oct 4 2017 – Feb 6 2018 all-day


CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18 (in collaboration with Methods@Manchester)


4th October 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

Contrasts in Punishment and the (usually) unacknowledged feature of social science research: good fortune

Professor John Pratt, Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism, by John Pratt and Anna Eriksson, was published by Routledge in 2012.  Based on research that began in 2003 and involved six countries and four languages, visits to forty prisons and interviews with fifty ‘key players’, and examination of documents going back 200 years, the book examines how long term cultural differences are reflected in contemporary approaches to crime and punishment issues in these two clusters of societies. In this seminar, John Pratt will discuss how he went about doing this research, highlighting the importance of luck, contingency and good fortune in the development of social science research projects, as much as careful planning. 


18th October 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

What is crowdsourced data?

Dr Reka Solymosi, School of Law, University of Manchester

Crowdsourcing involves harnessing the information and skills of large crowds of people into one collaborative project. Advancements in technologies allow for larger scale participation than previously possible, resulting in larger volumes of data that can facilitate more fine-grained analysis. For example, in Germany, in 2012, scientists collaborated with 5000 people to capture over 17,000 samples of mosquito, resulting in the discovery of an invasive species with implications for public health. Such crowdsourced data can highlight new information for social science researchers, and by considering the mode of production of much of this data, it becomes possible to examine the experiences and perceptions of the people generating it.


7th November, 2017, 4pm, 1.218 University Place

‘ACAB? The police and the criminal justice system through the eyes of English Defence League activists’

Hilary Pilkington, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester.

The English Defence League, a ‘feet on the street’ anti-Islamist movement active in the UK since 2009, is widely considered to be a violent Islamophobic and racist organisation whose street demonstrations often lead to drink-fuelled violent interactions with police and counter-demonstrators. Drawing on a three-year ethnographic study of English Defence League activism (2012-15), including interviews, informal conversations and extended observation at EDL events, this presentation will critically reflect on the gap between the movement’s public image and activists’ own understandings of it. It considers the attitudes to, and interactions with, the police at EDL demonstrations as well as activists’ personal experience of the criminal justice system. Notwithstanding high rates of arrest and conviction, the study revealed widespread cooperation with, and support for, the police. This, however, is accompanied by profound criticism of the criminal justice system as a whole, expressed in the notion of a ‘two-tier’  justice system, which, activists claim, allows ‘them’ to get away with things and fails to protect or recognise injustices towards ‘us’.


8th November 2017, 1pm Hanson Room, Ground Floor, Humanities Bridgeford

Doing research with letters: lessons from the field

Dr Marion Vannier, School of Law, University of Manchester

Doing [reporting on prisons] is like looking through a keyhole: it is very difficult to get reliable information about what is going on inside a corrections facility (Schwirtz, 2015) Marion will be discussing her research methods exploring how life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, the alternative to the death penalty, had become normalized, using California as a case study.  She received over 300 letters written from men and women serving life with no parole across the state. The adventures, thrills, demands and frustrations of her research will be outlined.  She will highlight how research rarely goes to plan and how researchers are required to adapt their approach by adopting an array of research tools; being creative when using them; and more generally, remaining flexible and adjustable because the original methodological frame is likely to change due to unexpected events and realities. During this interactive workshop she will discuss the pros and cons of doing research using prisoners’ letters, and will touch upon the emotions this form of data may provoke.


22nd November, 2017, 1pm, 2.07 Humanities Bridgeford

How to… analyse criminal networks

Thomas Grund, Visiting Simon Professor and Assistant Professor University College Dublin

Abstract to follow


4th Dec 2017, 4pm, 6.206 University Place

Controlling business cartels

Jelle Jaspers, Visiting Research, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Business cartels cause severe financial damage and harm consumer trust; cartel enforcement authorities use heavy penalties and whistle-blower leniency policies in their efforts to control and detect cartel behaviour. However, corporations react to increased external control by strengthening the internal control of cartels. Sanctions do not always deter sufficiently, and cartelists may use the leniency arrangement strategically. This project empirically investigates internal control mechanisms and social networks within cartels. Through case studies of detected cartels and interviews with insiders, this research aims to answer the question of what makes cartels endure and what forms of internal control play a role in this process.


6th Feb, 2018, 4pm, 2.220 University Place

Spatters and Lies: Technologies of Truth in the Sam Sheppard Case, 1954-1965

Professor Ian Burney, Director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.

In this talk I focus on the contrasting forensic regimes involved in the celebrated 1955 trial and 1965 re-trial of Dr Sam Sheppard for the murder of his wife Marilyn. The first regime cohered around the Cleveland Coroner Dr Sam Gerber, who took charge of the scene investigation, conducted a highly publicized inquest, and provided sensational trial testimony which included his claim to have recognized the pattern of a ‘surgical instrument’ impressed on Marilyn’s bloody pillow. A second regime began to develop in the weeks following Sheppard’s conviction and centred on the eminent Berkeley criminologist Paul Leland Kirk. Kirk provided an alternative, but equally striking, reading of the blood evidence: where Gerber saw qualitative, holistic shapes, Kirk deployed a pioneering (and since celebrated) exercise in spatial reasoning based on the emerging discipline of blood spatter analysis. The acquittal of Sheppard at his 1965 retrial could be seen as an instance of modern forensic technique as a catalyst for justice – with analytical and objective methods overcoming judgements based on mere common sense and local interest. I will suggest that this simple story obscures the more interesting – and surprising – route taken by those seeking to establish Sheppard’s innocence in the decade following his incarceration. In this campaign it was the polygraph rather than spatter analysis, and the detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner and the flamboyant defence attorney F Lee Bailey rather than Kirk, that took centre stage. This twist, I will suggest, allows us to reflect on the complex relationship between forensic knowledge and the broader context in which it is produced and deployed.


There is no charge to attend these seminars but registration is essential and there is no requirement to attend all sessions. Please contact Dr Geoff Pearson to register: 

SCCJR Annual Lecture: Policing in times of community distrust @ Lecture Theatre 1 of Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh
Oct 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm


The event is free of charge and open to all. Please register via


The immorality and ineffectiveness of physical and psychological torture @ Discovery Museum Newcastle-upon-tyne
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Newcastle University Forensic Psychology Research Group (FPRG) are delighted to announce that we are hosting a one-day conference entitled, The immorality and ineffectiveness of physical and psychological torture, scheduled to take place on Friday 13th October 2017, from 9am to 6pm, at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. 

This one day conference will include specialist talks from world renowned experts and will explore the emerging research re-shaping investigative and intelligence interviewing in a world where many believe enhanced torture techniques should be more widely used. There are many ethical and philosophical reasons to reject all forms of torture, not least because they breach a person’s human rights, but also emerging scientific literature questions the effectiveness of such techniques for consistently eliciting accurate and reliable information. The conference will close with a discussion on the way forward in terms of collaborative research. 

Guest speakers include: 

  • Professor Gisli Gudjonsson OBE, Kings College London, UK (an expert on false confessions, interrogative suggestibility and psychological vulnerabilities); 
  • Mark Fallon from the USA (a former U.S. Dept. of Defence Counter-terrorism Official and Senior Executive in the Dept. of Homeland Security, USA); 
  • Michel de Smedt (Director of the Investigation Division, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands); and 
  • Sam Hawke (Advocacy and Policy Officer, Liberty, London, UK). We will also have speakers from the Centre for Research in Evidence and Security Threats (CREST), Northumbria Police, Newcastle University, and the Norwegian Police University College.  

The event is aimed at police and law enforcement officers, legal professionals working in the area of human rights, academic researchers, human rights professionals, and post-graduate students with a keen interest in the area. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day for a nominal fee of £20. A flyer with further details of the event is available below and if you would like to book a place on the event, please click here

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Gavin Oxburgh –

Event Flyer:

Human Rights Conference (21 Aug 17)

N8 PRP Policing Innovation Forum – Early Intervention Policing @ Manchester Central:
Nov 2 all-day

On 2nd November 2017, the N8 PRP will be hosting the third Policing Innovation Forum which will bring together key academics, police, and other stakeholders.  The primary focus for this year’s forum is early intervention in domestic abuse with the morning plenary session exploring this subject.

In the afternoon workshops will showcase ideas from other areas where early intervention and prevention programmes are used. The intention is to get officers and academics to draw upon successful programmes in other crime areas to inform innovative solutions or areas for future research.


The second N8 Policing Innovation Forum event in 2016 focused on domestic abuse (DA) by taking an innovative approach to exploring creative ways to implement positive change and examining innovations in policing non-physical forms of domestic abuse, namely coercive and controlling behaviours.  A common theme that emerged during the discussions was the need for early intervention. With that in mind this year’s forum will keep a focus on DA but within the context of early intervention based on trigger behaviours, and will further explore the learning that could be applied in other policing and other public authority preventative areas.


Research has consistently shown that early intervention and effective prevention are inextricably aligned across a range of social issues including child delinquency, youth homelessness, women’s homelessness and rough sleeping (including the impact of domestic abuse as a contributory factor), self-harm, major affective disorders and anxiety disorders, to name some examples.  ‘Trigger behaviours’ are equally diverse including long-term effects of intimate partner violence on adolescent mothers.  Many of these antecedent behaviours will be ‘hidden’ to most but ‘known’ to some agencies, thus supporting the need for multi-agency engagement at the forum.


This event will launch the next round of the N8 PRP Small Grant Awards and it is hoped that ideas and relationships formed at this event will feed directly into this programme of work supporting research into targeted and important areas of policing.

Programme coming soon.

If you would like to register for this event, please do so using the form below:

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Steering Group (This section is to be completed by N8 Steering Group members only)

Security, Democracy & Cities – Coproducing Urban Security Policies @ Disseny Hub Barcelona, SPain
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm

Organised by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) in partnership with the City of Barcelona and the Government of Catalonia (Spain), it will be a unique occasion for around 800 security and urban life stakeholders from Europe and the rest of the world to get together.

The 6th edition of the international and interdisciplinary Conference “Security, Democracy and Cities” will be opened from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November 2017 in Barcelona.

Come along to share your knowledge, experiences and practices!


Programme now online!

Coproducing urban security policies will be the core of this 6th edition. The conference will address the issue of shared governance between different territorial levels as well as the participation of the private sector and the civil society – in particular citizens – in security policies. During those 3 days you will have access to:

  • 12 thematic workshopsElected officials, researchers, associations and other security professionals will debate on numerous topics related to urban security, such as preventing violence against women, preventing violent radicalisation, or cities facing drugs and addictions issues.
  • More than 20 field visitsYou will discover concrete actions in Barcelona and its surroundings aimed at improving security and urban life. During the visit, a time will be dedicated to discussion during which other local, European or international authorities will present their own projects.
  • Plenary sessions. They will mark the main steps of the conference from its opening to the adoption of the Manifesto. Gathering all participants, they will also be the occasion for high level speakers to present their views on urban security’s evolution and new challenges.
  • Zoom sessions. During those short and informal presentations, you will learn about an initiative, a project, a tool or a study related to an innovative approach regarding urban security.
  • Networking opportunities to exchange in a more friendly way with other participants, and discover the exhibition stands of partner organisations.
  • Several side events. As soon as Monday 13 November, several activities will be available in parallel to the conference. You may thus take part in visits, workshops and conferences organised by Efus and its partners.

Don’t wait any longer & benefit from
the early-bird rate until 31 August 2017!

Register Now

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The Police Foundation’s Annual Conference Networked Policing: effective collaboration between the police, partners and communities @ BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase, London
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Supported by BT

Demand on the police has become more varied and complex. As traditional volume crime has declined, a greater proportion of local police demand is generated by complex social problems such as children going missing or mental health related incidents. Alongside this we have seen rising levels of reported intimate crime, such as sexual crimes against children and domestic abuse, which is generally more complex to both prevent and investigate.

There is a growing consensus that organisations, public service workers and citizens need to work together to tackle these complex problems holistically and before they escalate. However, while there is a great deal of rhetorical commitment to this goal, collaboration too often remains at the margins of mainstream systems or is relegated to woolly language in strategy documents. People are often willing to work together locally but find that the systems and organisations in which they operate force them to work in separate silos.

The Police Foundation’s eighth annual conference will look at how the police can work much more collaboratively with other agencies and with citizens to prevent crime and solve complex problems. It will explore examples of integrated place-based working from around the UK and discuss how public service systems as a whole need to change if they are to address the more complex times in which we live. This year’s event will provide an opportunity to debate with and learn from some of the leading experts in the field about how the police, the criminal justice system and wider public services can best respond to these challenges. It will address the following questions:

·        What makes for effective collaborative working?
·        What will a more integrated public service frontline look like in the future and what role
should the police play within it?

·        How can barriers to information sharing between agencies be overcome?
·        How can we balance the demand for accountability with the need to give professionals the 
freedom to ‘think outside the box’ and work  with others to tackle complex cases?

·        What role can leaders and managers play in breaking down silos?
·        How can neighbourhood policing help tackle complex harm?
·        What role must citizens themselves play in collaborative networks?

The event will be chaired by Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB and speakers include:

  •   Professor Adam Crawford, Director, Leeds Social Sciences Unit, University of Leeds (Confirmed)
  •   Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, MOPAC (Confirmed)
  •   Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police (Invited)
  •   Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit (Confirmed)
  •   Anna Randle, Director of Public Services, Collaborate CIC (Confirmed)

Break outs will include sessions on:

·        Partnership and prevention: insights into the Scottish experience
·        Collaboration around mental health
·        Multi agency approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation
·        Modern slavery
·        Whole system offender management
·        Community engagement

View the full programme here

Who should attend?

The conference will appeal to senior police officers, representatives from the public and third sectors, Police and Crime Commissioners, other criminal justice professionals, government policy makers, academics and representatives from the private sector.

Book by 29 September for a £50 early bird discount.


In the spirit of austerity, the Foundation is offering a 10% discount to all police officers. To take advantage of this offer enter code PFCONF08 when booking online.

We are also offering the following discounts (available on request)

  • 20% discount to Police Foundation partners (Thames Valley Police, Bedfordshire Police, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and West Midlands Police)
  • 50% discount to students (available on request)

BT Tower complimentary drinks and buffet reception

A complimentary pre-event networking and drinks reception will be held for delegates on the evening prior to the conference on Tuesday 28 November, in the iconic revolving restaurant on the 34th floor of the BT Tower (60 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JZ, a separate location from the BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase where the conference will be held). This is a truly special location rarely available to the public and places are limited to 50 delegates, so book now to avoid disappointment.

How to book or find out more:

Telephone: Judy Mackay on 07962 022572

Society of Evidence Based Policing Annual Spring Conference @ Open University in Milton Keynes
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Planning is underway for the next conference on 1-2 March 2018 at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

Bookings are now open! Tickets are £85.

Book your place here: Click

We will announce speakers and topics as soon as we have confirmation. Check this page for updates.

If you would like to contribute to organising the conference in any way, please contact us.