Policing Innovation Forum 2021

The Policing Innovation Forum 2021 looks at 'Effective Partnerships in Policing'. In 3 events, we will discuss how police can work with academia, business, health care providers, and each other to better serve their communities. The full programme for each event is available below, as both a web and downloadable version.

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS: The calendar invite with a link to the event will be sent out between 17:00-18:00 the day before each session.


What can successful partnerships teach us about what works in partnerships between police forces, and with academia? How can police and academia foster robust, collaborative, critical partnerships in a time of public debate about the role of the police?

Prof Joanna Shapland chairs a programme featuring Matt Parr CB, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and Richard Reeves of the North West Underwater Search & Marine Unit discussing inter-force partnerships; views from USA and UK universities on research partnerships in a time of declining trust in the police; and Dr Layla Skinns on partnership responses to vulnerability in police custody.


Chaired by Professor Joanna Shapland, Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Sheffield

1400IntroductionProf Geoff Pearson, N8PRP Academic Director
Session 1: Police-police partnerships
1410Police-to-Police Collaboration: The Hard YardsMatt Parr CB, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services
1430Geography, demand and capabilityInspector Richard Reeves, North West Underwater Search & Marine Unit
1450Questions to both speakers
1500Coffee Break
Session 2: Police-academic partnerships
1510Research partnerships in the time of COVID and declining trust in the police: a view from the USAProf Geoff Alpert, University of South Carolina, USA and Griffith University, Australia; Prof Jeffrey Rojek, Michigan State University, USA; and Prof Kyle Mclean, Clemson University, USA
1540Fragile alliances: sustaining police-academic partnershipsProf Joanna Shapland, Dr Matthew Bacon, Dr Layla Skinns and Dr Adam White, University of Sheffield
1600Questions to speakers
Session 3: Partnerships in the context of vulnerability
1610Vulnerability in police custody and partnerships responses: mapping the contours of a changing terrainDr Layla Skinns, University of Sheffield
1630Questions to the speaker
1640Wrap-UpProf Joanna Shapland

How can police work with business, academia and each other to tackle cybercrime?

The session will be chaired by Justin Partridge of Leeds University, formerly  Chief Officer for Collaboration for NE England Forces. Presenters with a wide range of experience in fraud prevention, business resilience, and cybersecurity research will look at how police and the private sector can work together to maximise resources, how partnerships were brokered with the tourism and leisure industries, Northumbria's ethical hacking programme and the experience of the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC).


Chaired by Justin Partridge, University of Leeds, formerly Chief Officer for Collaboration, NE England Forces

1400IntroductionProf Geoff Pearson, N8PRP Academic Director
Session 1: Strategy
1410 Interests in common: Working with the private sector to maximise resources and build partnerships for the future of cybercrime Brian Dilley, Lloyds Banking Group
1430Win-Win: technology underpinning public and private sector initiativesMandy Haeburn-Little, Business Resilience International Management
1450Questions to the speakers
1500Coffee Break
Session 2:Practice
1510 ‘What’s it got to do with us?’ - A case study in partnering with small businesses to build resilience Martin Wilson, NEBRC
1530University and Police Partnership in Cybersecurity: How ethical hacking and cybersecurity research are helping small and medium businesses Biju Issac, Northumbria University
1550Questions to speakers
1600Wrap-UpJustin Partridge, University of Leeds

When health and policing overlap it's usually because of a crisis. How can police develop better partnerships with healthcare professionals so the aims of law enforcement and public health are more closely aligned?

Dr Matt Bacon from the University of Sheffield chairs the session with views from forensic psychology and harm and violence reduction units across the country on how police can work more effectively with public health partners to tackle harm reduction, violence reduction, and drug-related deaths.


Chaired by Dr Matthew Bacon, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield

1400IntroductionProf Geoff Pearson, N8PRP Academic Director
Session 1: Harm Reduction
1410 The Harm Reduction Unit: a truly integrated approach to tackling stalking and serial domestic abuse DS David Thomason, Cheshire Police and Dan Jones, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
1430Questions to the speakers
Session 2: Violence Reduction
1440 Using data and community views in a public health approach to preventing violence Superintendent Colin McFarlane, Angela Greenwood and Mike Parker, South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit

1500 DIVERT – How policing works collaboratively to help young people move away from violenceChief Inspector Jack Rowlands, Metropolitan Police
1520Questions to speakers
1530Coffee Break
Session 3: Drug-Related Deaths
1540 What’s a few excess deaths in the face of COVID-19? DS Dr Rob Ewin, Cumbria Police
1600 There’s nothing soft about preventing death DCI Jason Kew, Thames Valley Police
1620Questions to the speakers
1630Wrap-UpDr Matthew Bacon, University of Sheffield

12 MAY What Works in Police Partnerships?

Professor Geoffrey Alpert, University of South Carolina, USA
Geoffrey P. Alpert is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina and has an appointment at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He has taught at the FBI National Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and The Senior Management Institute for Police. He is currently a Federal Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department and on the compliance team for the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau. He has testified to Congress, several state legislatures, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and the PERF Research Advisory Board. For the past forty years, his research interests have focused on police use of force, emergency driving and the linkages between researchers and practitioners.

Dr Matthew Bacon, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Matthew Bacon is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sheffield. Before joining Sheffield, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester on a project examining the contractual governance of drug users in treatment. Matthew is the author of Taking Care of Business (OUP, 2016), an ethnography of police detectives, drug law enforcement and proactive investigation. His work has been published in journals such as British Journal of Criminology, Evidence & Policy, International Journal of Drug Policy, and Policing & Society. His current research focuses on innovation and reform in drugs policing, especially alternatives to criminalisation and other harm reduction measures.

Professor Kyle McLean, Clemson University, USA
Kyle McLean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Sciences (LEADS) Academic. Dr. McLean’s research interests focus on understanding police-community relations and evaluating efforts to reform the police to better reflect community demands of policing. Accordingly, Dr. McLean has conducted research in the areas of police legitimacy, police training, police culture, police use of force, and body-worn cameras. His recent work has been published in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Criminology & Public Policy, and the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Matt Parr CB, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services
Matt Parr was appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in August 2016. Brought up in London, he now lives in the West Country. He has responsibility for forces based in the capital, the national special forces as well as those in Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. In addition, he is temporarily overseeing several Police and Fire & Rescue Services within the north. His background is in the Royal Navy, which he joined straight from Durham University. A submariner by specialisation, he has also commanded above the waves and ashore. Much of his career was spent at sea; but among his shore appointments he was responsible for the Navy’s inspection regime and also led a Ministry of Defence-wide team conducting studies for ministers. As a Rear-Admiral he was a member of the Navy Board. He was head of the Submarine Service and was the Navy’s Director of Operations. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2013.

Inspector Richard Reeves, North West Underwater Search & Marine Unit
I joined Cheshire Constabulary in 2000 and my first real collaborative role came in 2003, when I spent two years embedded within the UK Immigration Service. Following a return to response policing my next big partnership role came in 2008 as the Police Inspector for Warrington Town Centre, building close links with Local Authority Enforcement Agencies and the Commercial Sector of the vibrant night time economy in order to tackle alcohol related violence and disorder. In 2012 I moved back into operational policing as a Force Incident Manager. In 2017 I progressed from this role into Contingency and Event planning, working within the Local Reliance Forum and Safety Advisory Groups, before joining North West Underwater Search and Marine Unit February 2020.

Professor Jeff Rojek, Michigan State University, USA
Dr Jeff Rojek is a tenured associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at the Michigan State University. He was also a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department before pursuing an academic career. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on multiple federal, state, and local funded research grants and contracts. His research efforts primarily focus on issues related to policing, and secondary research interests in the illicit trade in counterfeit goods and organized crime. His publications have appeared in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Policing, and Police Quarterly. He is also an author, with Geoff Alpert and Peter Martin, of Developing and Maintaining Police-Researcher Partnerships to Facilitate Research Use: A Comparative Analysis (New York, NY; Springer, 2015).

Professor Joanna Shapland, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Joanna Shapland is the Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sheffield, UK and the lead for the N8PRP at the University. She has worked in research collaborations with the police in the areas of restorative justice, crime reduction, crime and business, response policing and vulnerability.  As part of its work for the N8PRP, researchers at the University considered the strengths, difficulties and sustainability of police-academic partnerships internationally, with the findings published on the N8PRP website and in Evidence and Policy.

Dr Layla Skinns, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Layla Skinns is a Reader in the Centre for Criminological Research, School of Law, University of Sheffield, having formerly worked and studied at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, King’s College London. She has a longstanding interest in police and policing, in particular in how policing agents use their authority. A key focus of her research has been on police detention, in England and Wales, but also in other parts of the Anglophone world. In this setting, she is interested in police powers and their relationship with the law, police cultures and police discretion, and furthermore, how this impacts on equality and on state-citizen relations. She is also interested in how the public – particularly detainees – perceive the police, which links her research to discussions about police legitimacy and ‘good’ policing.

Dr Adam White, University of Sheffield, UK
Adam White is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Criminological Research, School of Law, University of Sheffield.  Before arriving in Sheffield, he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Politics, University of York.  He has also spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington (Seattle) and as a researcher for Gun Free South Africa (Cape Town) and Demos (London).  He has published widely on policing, governance and legitimacy, with a particular focus on state-market relations.

27 May Partnering Up Against Cybercrime

Brian Dilley, Lloyds Banking Group/Chair of the NEBRC Board
Brian is responsible for fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance, anti-bribery and countering terrorist financing across all of LBG’s brands.  Brian holds the Senior Manager Regime position of Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Lloyds and Bank of Scotland.

​Brian has held a number of external positions within the industry, among them Chair of the Economic Crime Product & Service Board at UK Finance, member of the JMLIT Management Board & member of the Joint Fraud Taskforce Oversight Board.  He also represented the banking industry on the Steering Committee that created the Authorised Push Payment Scam Code in early 2019.

Brian has over 20 years’ experience of Fraud & Financial Crime, the vast majority of which has been in financial services.

​Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group Brian served as the Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering Services and led the UK Financial Services Forensic team in the consultancy practice at KPMG.  Brian spent more than four years at the Financial Services Authority where he was Head of Department in the Enforcement Division during the implementation of the Financial Services & Markets Act and the development of the FSA’s Financial Crime strategy. Whilst at the FSA, Brian conducted the FATF mutual evaluation of Latvia and was part of the team that responded to the mutual evaluation of the UK.

He then spent over three years at UBS Investment Bank where he became Managing Director and Global Head of AML Compliance.

Brian began his career as an Auditor at KPMG before becoming a fraud investigator in the Forensic Department.

Mandy Haeburn Little, Business Resilience International Management

Mandy has worked in the private sector throughout her career. She has worked extensively with companies facing significant challenges and has been recognised for her creativity in finding solutions to business dilemmas. Mandy has a strong knowledge of the international cyber landscape as well as of the socio-political landscape.

Before founding BRIM in 2019, Mandy was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre for over nine years, working in direct partnership with the single police force, Police Scotland,  the Scottish Government and the business community.

Since 2019, working with her team of Directors, BRIM has been delivering a network of cyber resilience centres on behalf of the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). Working to an unique modular approach of support for the Policing community, BRIM has supported Police in delivering nine cyber resilience centres across England and Wales. In addition to the delivery of the Centres, working with the Directors of Student Services at BRIM, a new academic talent pipeline has been developed in England and Wales which supports emerging students of forensics and vocational cyber security. Over time, it is intended that these students will go directly into Policing.

As well as leading and delivering the national Programme of Cyber Centres for Policing, BRIM is also now working directly with National and International companies on the creation of a single National entity which will support the network of regional cyber resilience centres.

In 2020, Mandy received an award from CS European Awards and a Police commendation for her work, including the Editor’s Choice for Outstanding Contribution to the Cyber Industry.

Biju Issac, Northumbria University/ Advisory Group NEBRC
Dr Biju Issac is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of ‘Computer Network & Cybersecurity’ and ‘Computer & Digital Forensics’ courses at Northumbria University with around 300 students. He has a PhD in Networking and Mobile Communications, Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Senior IEEE member and Fellow of HEA. Northumbria University is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by NCSC and EPSRC. He founded ‘Northumbria Cyber Clinic’ in 2018, where the Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics students are trained in ethical hacking and pen-testing using Kali Linux tools every week to prepare them for the industry.

His research interests are in computer networks, cybersecurity, AI/machine learning applications (in security, text mining, image processing etc.) and technology in education. He is currently involved in cybersecurity and AI/machine learning projects with PhD students under him and his personal research website is https://www.bijuissac.com/.

Justin Partridge, University of Leeds

Justin has worked across the public sector, in Local Government, Civil Service, London Fire Brigade and several police forces. His roles in those organisations have been equally varied, including IT, programme management, running London Fire Brigade’s training centre, working with Lincolnshire Police on the outsourcing of services to G4S and establishing collaborative policing for five police forces in the East Midlands.

His most recent employment role was leading a series of collaborations between seven police forces in the north east of England, working directly to all seven Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners. As well as leading this regional programme, he was responsible for understanding national programmes of work and working with the Home Office and others to implement these in the north east. This role builds on previous experience establishing a similar five force collaboration in the East Midlands between 2005 and 2010.

Previously Justin was Director of Corporate Development for Humberside Police, responsible for major change programmes, performance and information compliance amongst others. One key part of his role there was to enhance how the force can use evidence based practice to improve service to the public, working with several universities and forces around the country.

Whilst in this role Justin joined both the N8 Policing Research Partnership and the Open University centre for Policing Research and learning, sitting on the steering groups for both of these police academic partnerships. As part of the N8PRP, Justin was instrumental in proposing an innovative series of CPD events for police data specialists, which has been well received across eleven police forces in the north of the country.

Martin Wilson, NEBRC

Martin Wilson has 18 years policing experience at Durham Constabulary, and is currently undertaking a PhD on SME cyber security at the University of Sunderland. Prior to joining the NEBRC, Martin was part of the North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). He specialised in Cyber Protect, Prevent and Prepare work streams, leading on new and innovative work, helping businesses understand and prepare for cyber-attack. Martin and his cyber teams have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally, winning awards for their crime prevention work. Martin lives in the North East with his wife and young child, and in his spare time enjoys skiing, running and reading.

10 JUNE Policing and Public Health Partnerships

Dr Matthew Bacon, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Matthew Bacon is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sheffield. Before joining Sheffield, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester on a project examining the contractual governance of drug users in treatment. Matthew is the author of Taking Care of Business (OUP, 2016), an ethnography of police detectives, drug law enforcement and proactive investigation. His work has been published in journals such as British Journal of Criminology, Evidence & Policy, International Journal of Drug Policy, and Policing & Society. His current research focuses on innovation and reform in drugs policing, especially alternatives to criminalisation and other harm reduction measures.

DS Dr Rob Ewin, Cumbria Constabulary
 I currently work for Cumbria Constabulary as the Detective Sergeant responsible for delivering both initial and investigative skills training, with a focus on using evidence-based research. My role in the N8 is to represent the constabulary and help focus future research.

I have also completed a PhD at Cumbria University on the psychology of policing interactions with vulnerable people and how legal frameworks defined, categorised, and recognised them. More information about my PhD research can be found here.

Angela Greenwood, South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit
Angela Greenwood is a Partnership Manager in the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, covering Sheffield. Angela has extensive knowledge and experience of community development and community project management and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Angela has worked for Sheffield City Council for 14 years and is currently on secondment to the Unit, her most recent management role leading on Cohesion, Migration and Voluntary Sector issues.

Dan Jones, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Daniel W Price-Jones is a NHS Consultant Forensic Psychologist who works within Cheshire Constabulary’s Harm Reduction Unit (HRU) which, alongside Cheshire Police colleagues, he established and operationalised.  Dan’s clinical background is practising within both secure hospital and community settings, specialising in working with adults with an intellectual disability who present with diverse risk and offending behaviours.  His passion for using psychological knowledge and its practical application in the real world setting of behavioural risk management informed the creation, development and establishment of the HRU.

DCI Jason Kew, Thames Valley Police

DCI Jason Kew has 33 years of public service, beginning as Mine Clearance Diver in the Royal Navy before moving into Policing London, Thames Valley and the South East. As Deputy Commander for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Jason led 200 colleagues, working in partnership to reduce crime and protect our communities from harm. He is now the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit lead for drugs, exploitation and harm reduction.

Jason has extensive experience of developing, maintaining and enhancing strategic relationships to reduce vulnerability within marginalised communities and reduce drug-related deaths. He played a key role in shaping and transforming the UK response to drug policy through drug diversion; working with the Home Office and Public Health England he developed the role the South East Heroin and Crack Action Area Co-Ordinator. This was part of the UK Government’s Serious Violence Strategy working between Policing and Health to reduce drug related harm, from disrupting organised crime to restrict supply and promote recovery.

In 2019 and 2020, Jason gave evidence to Parliaments Health and Social Care and Scottish Governments Drug-Related Deaths select committees. I have advised the Home and Irish Governments on Drug Policy matters and has been recognised by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Danish Street Lawyers for my leadership on, and advocacy for, harm reduction in drug policy.

Jason is a member of the National Drug Strategy Working Group and actively participate in a number of expert cross-sector groups developing harm reduction through diversion, heroin-assisted treatment, overdose prevention centres, and take home Naloxone/Needle projects

Superintendent Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit
Colin joined South Yorkshire Police in 1995, after gaining a degree in Public Sector Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Since joining the force, Colin has served in predominantly uniformed roles, gaining significant experience in numerous specialist areas across the force. Although Colin enjoyed his time in all areas of the force, it was in his role as a Neighbourhood Inspector that he found his passion for problem solving and crime prevention.

Colin achieved the rank of Superintendent in 2012, serving in both Sheffield and Doncaster districts.  He has also been the force’s Director of Intelligence. Colin’s most recent, and current, appointment is to lead the national Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, after the force was awarded £6.35 million of funding from the Home Office over three years. Alongside this, Colin is one of the force’s Critical Incident Managers and a Tactical Firearms Commander.

Colin’s free time is taken up with a demanding eight-year old daughter and equally demanding new house project, in between frequent visits to his native North-East.

Mike Parker, South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit
Mike Parker is the Performance Review Officer at the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. He has been involved in policing since leaving university, working as a Survey Officer at Surrey Police until 2018 and a Performance Analyst at South Yorkshire Police until 2019. He produced the VRU’s Area Profile and is working in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University on an experiment to investigate Year 10’s perceptions of knives and knife crime.

Chief Inspector Jack Rowlands, Metropolitan Police
Jack is a Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector and currently works at London’s Violence Reduction Unit.  In his 17 years’ service he experienced the impact of violence on society first hand.

Since 2010 he has concentrated on tackling the root causes of violence and has created a number of award winning diversion programmes working collaboratively with others. Most recently Jack created DIVERT, a police custody diversion programme, designed to help 18-25s away from crime into employment, education and training.  This has resulted in DIVERT helping over 1000 young people who have come through police custody with just over half finding employment, education and training. In April 2020 The London VRU began funding DIVERT.

In September 2019 Jack, working collaboratively with Juvenis and Lambeth Council, implemented DIVERT Youth, a collaborative diversion scheme working with Lambeth Council helping 10-18 year olds from becoming firs time entrants into the CJS system. In this time it has led to a significant drop in the number of firs time entrants into the CJS. Jack believes that policing has an opportunity to collaborate more with statutory, grass root and funding bodies to achieve a more innovative way of reducing violence for the long term.

DS David Thomason, Cheshire Police
Detective Sergeant Dave Thomason created and leads the Harm Reduction Unit on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary day to day. The Harm Reduction Unit builds on the success of its predecessor, the Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit which Dave created and developed having spent 15 years working at local, national and international levels to tackle stalking. Dave has trained thousands of professionals around the world in the policing of stalking and was previously a Staff Officer to the national police stalking lead. Dave has worked operationally as a detective working in public protection for the majority of his service. In 2019, Dave was awarded the inaugural national College of Policing Award for Partnerships and is also the recipient of an Association of Chief Police Officers Presidential Commendation for his work on tackling stalking. Dave has led the development of a revised national Stalking Screening Tool which is currently being evaluated on behalf of the College of Policing and also in the process of completing a post-graduate degree with Liverpool John Moores University, looking into the implementation and effectiveness of Stalking Protection Orders.

Policing Innovation Forum 2019

The 2019 iteration of the Policing Innovation Forum was held on the 14th November 2019 at Goodison Park. The 2019 iteration of the event was titled 'Tackling Knife Crime – Police and Multi Agency Responses to a Headline Problem' and was by far the largest and most ambitious Policing Innovation Forum to date.

With knife crime being such a topical and high profile issue, we worked alongside Superintendant Sarah Heath and her team from Cheshire Constabulary to ensure that the day featured a wide range of speakers and workshop leaders. As such, we were able to hear a diverse range of approaches to tackling knife crime, and it became clear that multi-agency engagement, through collaboration with partners and young people in the community, can genuinely make a difference in policing knife crime.

Key speakers and Workshop Leaders included:

Will Linden, Deputy Director of Violence Reduction Unit Scotland, Superintendant Sarah Heath of Cheshire Constabulary, Nic Martin and Paul Cooper of Queensberry AP.

For a more in-depth look at the day, be sure to have a read of our Innovation Forum Feature

Policing Innovation Forum 2018

The 2018 Policing Innovation Forum was held on the 8th November at the Lancaster House Hotel. The theme for this event was Policing Mental Health: Improving services, reducing demand, and keeping people safe. This theme is extremely topical; with demands on police forces increasing, mental health is often seen as an area where police are stepping in to fill the void left by other agencies who are struggling to meet their own demands.

Key speakers included:

Mark Collins, Chief Constable for Dyfed-Powys Police and NPCC lead for Mental Health and Policing

Michael Brown OBE,  NPCC Mental Health Co-ordinator


Read more about the event here 

Policing Innovation Forum 2017 

On 2nd November 2017, the N8 PRP hosted the third Policing Innovation Forum which brought together key academics, police, and other stakeholders.  The primary focus for this forum was early intervention in domestic abuse with the morning plenary session exploring this subject.

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

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PIF 2017 Presentations

Policing Innovation Forum 2016 

Was held 8th November at Manchester's Renaissance City Centre Hotel.

Domestic Abuse was identified by the N8 PRP as a common top level priority and there is concern that the current and wide-ranging research in relation to Domestic Abuse appears not to be having a significant impact in the policing of this issue. Following discussions, it was agreed that the main theme of the PIF would be ‘Vulnerability’ but that within this the issue of ‘Domestic Abuse’ will serve as a focus to explore a range of interconnected associated problems and causes.

The aim of the Forum was not to discuss and revisit prior research but to encourage creative discussion on why it has proved so difficult to implement positive change in this pressing challenge for policing and to determine new and innovative research approaches in tackling the short, medium and long term characteristics of Domestic Abuse.

Key speakers included:

Dame Vera Baird QC (PCC for Northumbria),
Zoe Billingham (HMIC),
Open Clasp Theatre performing 'Rattlesnake',
along with other speakers delivering workshops on the day.

Read more about PIF 2016 here

Policing Innovation Forum 2015 

The first N8 Policing Innovation Forum was held on 14th October 2015, our policing partners identified Cybercrime as a priority topic for this event and Forum brought together key policing and academic partners along with wider stakeholders to identify key research areas, stimulate knowledge exchange and drive innovation.

AN7A5982Speakers on the day included:

Sir Peter Fahy (Chief Constable, GMP),
Vanessa Smith (West Yorkshire Police Cyber Team),
John Parkinson (Exec Policing & Security Consultant),
Martin Tyley (KPMG),
Prof. David. S. Wall (Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds),
Prof. Nick Tilley (Professor of Security & Crime Science)

See the full article here