Mapping and Identifying Modern Slavery Vehicular Activity: A Proof-of-Concept Study

Summary This project sought to determine the feasibility of using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera data to identify vehicles involved in the perpetration of modern slavery within two police forces in England. The intended aim was to link police intelligence logs relating to modern slavery with ANPR data and to use machine learning to … Read more Mapping and Identifying Modern Slavery Vehicular Activity: A Proof-of-Concept Study

Emerging Technology and Big Data Analytics: Realising the Potential of Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Summary In recent years, the replacement of vehicle number plates to avoid detection has become a major policing issue. We refer here to those from any other vehicle as false plates, and to those from identical make, model and colour vehicles as clone plates. The UK’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera network offers the … Read more Emerging Technology and Big Data Analytics: Realising the Potential of Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Early Identification of Honour-Based Abuse

Summary The project brought together the University of Manchester, West Yorkshire Police, and Karma Nirvana to identify and explore the barriers to supporting victims of honour-based abuse (HBA), gaps in the current provision, and instances of good practice. The overarching aims of this work was to increase the confidence in reporting, improve identification of HBA … Read more Early Identification of Honour-Based Abuse

Policing Vulnerability: Learning from the sex work liaison officer role in West Yorkshire Police

Summary Policing is a key determinant in both likelihood of violence and access to justice for sex workers (Platt et al, 2018), which vary significantly across the diversity of the sex industry. In England and Wales it is not illegal to sell or pay for sex, but soliciting is prohibited, as is working with others, … Read more Policing Vulnerability: Learning from the sex work liaison officer role in West Yorkshire Police

Innovation in Policing Domestic Abuse – Understanding Success to Build Capacity

Summary In recognition of the principle that evaluation needs to concentrate on mechanisms of change, as well as outcomes, the central idea of this project was for academics and police collaboratively to identify areas in which innovation around the policing of domestic abuse (DA) has been successful, and to develop deeper and richer understanding of … Read more Innovation in Policing Domestic Abuse – Understanding Success to Build Capacity

Policing Cannabis in North Yorkshire

Summary Despite the importance of the issue, remarkably little research has been conducted on the policing of cannabis possession. This study aimed to explore the enforcement of cannabis possession offences by North Yorkshire Police – a police force, which while having the lowest crime rate in England, was ranked 14th for drug offences in 2016. … Read more Policing Cannabis in North Yorkshire

Policing Bitcoin: Investigating, Evidencing and Prosecuting Crime Involving Cryptocurrency

Summary Cryptocurrencies have increasingly become a common method of value exchange in a number of types of criminal activity; notably in May 2017 the NHS was crippled by a global cyber-attack whereby Ransomware was utilized to demand payment for the decryption of encrypted files in bitcoin. This collaborative project has brought together a variety of … Read more Policing Bitcoin: Investigating, Evidencing and Prosecuting Crime Involving Cryptocurrency

Exploring the Impacts of Police use of Body-Worn Cameras at Incidents of Domestic Abuse

Summary Over the last decade British police forces have begun to utilise, develop and support the deployment of a range of emergent digital technologies, including body-worn video cameras (BWCs). This collaborative study, involving the University of Leeds, Cumbria Constabulary and West Yorkshire Police, explored the impacts of police use of BWCs at domestic abuse incidents. … Read more Exploring the Impacts of Police use of Body-Worn Cameras at Incidents of Domestic Abuse

Police Responses to Coercive Control

Summary This project aimed to analyse police responses to domestic abuse cases since the introduction of the coercive control offence. This research provides a much-needed empirical evidence base on the impact of the new coercive control legislation in the context of policing domestic abuse, to inform academic debate, policy and practice. The study was funded … Read more Police Responses to Coercive Control

Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England

Summary This study aimed to understand the link between NPS use and offending behaviour via qualitative, experiential accounts obtained from police staff and NPS users based in the North East of England. The study was funded by N8 PRP 1st April 2016 – 30th April 2017. Negative behavioural consequences of NPS use meant that NPS … Read more Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance use and its consequences for police practitioners and substance users in the North East of England