‘Exploring Evidenced Based Policing’ an N8 Policing Research Partnership Workshop

26th February 2016 Delivered at UCLAN, Preston.

N8 Policing Research Workshop

‘Exploring Evidenced Based Policing'

Over forty people recently attended an N8 PRP pilot workshop as part of the training & learning strand of the project. ‘Exploring Evidenced Based Policing’ was part of a series of workshops aimed at developing research training and learning among police and partner agencies.
This was a hugely successful event which attracted delegates from police forces, academia, College of Policing and other policing agencies.

Workshop Aims

The aim of the programme was to engage participants in a debate around the concept and practice of Evidence Based Practice and this event followed on from an earlier event delivered by Professor Stuart Kirby.

Topics covered during the event included:

 a National Perspective on policing;
 a consideration of the evidenced and use of evidence based policing;
 use of the Maryland Scale;
 quantitative approaches;
 researching the sex industry using qualitative approaches;
 identification of repeat victims.

power meeting from above "Through our programme of training and learning we are seeking to enhance the research skills and use of evidence among policing partners, to secure research impact and to maximise the practical benefits to policing innovation and exploitation of data."

Professor Adam Crawford,

N8 PRP Director


Presenters were drawn from Her Majesties Inspectorate of Policing, police constabularies, University College London, N8 and Leeds University, Lancaster University, the Society of Evidence Based Policing and UCLaN.

MArk Bates

ACC Mark Bates, Lancashire Constabulary

NW NPCC Regional Evidence Based Policing Lead

ACC Bates has lead on a series of programmes for force change and drawing upon his experience gave an address which looked at the following areas for exploration:
 Evidenced based decision making.
 Promoting confidence in policing.
 NW Region Evidence Based Collaboration – The Hub.
 An academic evidence base for public service not ‘silo’ services & research.
 Mutual Benefits of Evidence Based Policing.
 Well-being, Development, Partnership working.

Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham, QPM, HMIC

HMIC - The National Perspective

Mike is currently responsible for forces in the North of England and Northern Ireland and national portfolios of work including police efficiency, legitimacy and leadership.

At the workshop he presented the findings of a recent assessment of all 43 forces which will support the development of an evidenced baseline against which forces can be measured.

Stuart Kirby

Dr Stuart Kirby, University of Central Lancashire

The Challenge of Implementation

Stuart first enjoyed a career with Lancashire Police holding various posts and commanding many overt and covert policing operations as well as being a hostage negotiator. After retiring in 2007 he moved to Lancaster University to lecture in Criminology before finally moving on to UCLAN as Professor of Policing & Criminal Investigation.

Stuart’s address looked at environments within forces and the challenges of implementing new work models. His work highlights that ‘It is not the level of resources, but how they are used, that determines effectiveness’.

Aiden Sidebottom

Dr Aiden Sidebottom, University College London

How do we know what works? Introduing EMMIE

Aiden's main research interests are evidence-based policing, situational crime prevention and crime prevention evaluation. His recent research has focused on methods of synthesising research evidence to better inform crime prevention policy and practice, undertaken in collaboration with the UK College of Policing in support of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.

Aiden’s presentation looked at the use of tools and scoring systems can help to identify the quality of research evidence, specifically using the What Works Centre Crime Reduction Toolkit to draw upon reliable and relevant evidence.


Dr Carly Lightowlers, University of Leeds

UAF policing Data Analytics

Dr Carly Lightowlers is an Academic Fellow in Policing Data Analytics and delivers on the Data Analytics strand of the N8 Policing Research Partnership at the University of Leeds.

At the workshop Carly presented the key challenges and objectives of the N8 PRP data analytics strand. This focused on the opportunity for forces to improve their processes through data analysis and the benefits of enhanced data sharing.

Sarah Kingston

Dr Sarah Kingston, Lancaster University

Researching the Sex Industry

Sarah is a lecturer in criminology with over 12 years experience of conducting research into the sex industry as well as experience of providing outreach services to sex workers.

Her presentation highlighted the challenges and barriers to research within this field, exploring which research methods can help us to better understand the standpoint, experiences and attitudes of those involved in, or affected by the sex industry.

Jude Towers

Dr Jude Towers, GradStat, Lancaster University

New findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales

Jude’s expertise lies within domestic violence and violent crimes and her research interest in developing theories of causal pathways of different forms of violence and to what extent these are shared or differentiated is particularly focused on the links between inequality and violence.

Using data from the crime survey for England and Wales her presentation explored research methodologies for measuring violent crime, how to asses trends in violent crime and to what extend we should be counting reported crimes.

Roger Pegram

Roger Pegram, Greater Manchester Police

Society of Evidence Based Policing

Roger is currently the evidence based practice lead for Greater Manchester Police, Having worked in policing for 16 years he is also the regional coordinator for the North West of England for the Society of Evidence Based Policing.

At the workshop Roger gave a presentation on SEPB objectives, discussing the following key objectives:
 Increased use of best available research evidence to solve policing problems
 The production of new research evidence by police practitioners and researchers
 Communication of research evidence to police practitioners and the public


Feedback from delegates on the day was extremely positive, there was enthusiasm and demand to see future workshops looking further at data analytics as well as more on evidence based practice. There are plans to roll out similar events in relation to these topics.





For more information about our training & learning strand please contact:
Cheryl Simmil-Binning, Corinne May-Chahal, Ian Paylor

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