In 2016 the N8 PRP began a programme of staff exchange activities intended to foster greater mutual understanding and trust between partner agencies, and to facilitate research into priority policing issues. An exploratory study into extending the use of restorative justice practices in new and innovative ways represented the first pilot of the N8PRP’s Staff Exchange scheme. The project has been a huge success in terms of providing exciting results and unlocking opportunities for further research, but also showcasing the potential of the scheme itself in building new relationships and supporting co-production across the region.
The collaborative study undertaken by Nikki D’Souza (Durham Constabulary) and Xavier L’Hoiry (University of Sheffield) took place over six months and the final report has produced several key findings, opening the door for further research to be developed:
The N8 PRP Staff Exchange Scheme is a programme intended to provide greater professional and personal development for N8 PRP partners. Nikki D’Souza, co-lead for this research has now embarked upon a PhD at the University of Sheffield where she intends to continue to develop the findings from this study. If you are interested in applying to the scheme, it operates on rolling applications throughout the year and further information can be found here.
“From a police practitioner perspective, the opportunity to carry out research in collaboration with an academic partner is one that I have relished as I believe it has the clear potential to influence and shape policing practices based on evidence”.
Nikki D’Souza (Durham Constabulary) – N8 PRP Pilot Staff Exchange