Training and Learning

‘To enhance research training and learning among police and partners organisations to secure research impact and maximise the practical benefits to policing innovation and the exploitation of data’ 

Data Specialists in Policing CPD Programme 2019

In 2018, the N8PRP’s Data Analytics and Training and Learning strands delivered an ambitious Continuous Professional Development programme to a cohort of 33 participants from 11 North of England forces.  Following on from this success, the N8 PRP will be running a second programme in 2019, seeking to make a practical step towards the digital transformation of policing by providing a foundation in essential data science methods and emergent technologies in machine learning and predictive analytics.


  • Setting the Scene: From Analysis to Data Science, (Re) Defining the role of Police Data Specialist
  • Analytical Approaches: Problem Orientated Policing
  • Analytical Approaches: Statistical Tests
  • Analytical Approaches: Visualisation
  • Analytical Approaches: Modelling
  • Analytical Approaches: Algorithmic Decision Making
  • Ethics and Data Governance
  • Futures: Predictive Policing

Who is eligible: 

This N8 Policing Research Partnership programme is designed for an audience who are data specialists, working in policing. The programme is inclusive and should attract participants from a variety of roles that involve the extraction, manipulation, analysis and reporting upon data and information. Previous participants have included strategic analysts, partnership analysts, data modellers , intelligence analysts and research co-ordinators.

Take Part:

This is a co-produced programme, if you would like to host or lead a module, reserve a place on the next programme or would like more information, please contact

Download our programme flyer here

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N8 PRP Training and Learning Research Project

The N8 PRP Training and Learning strand has cordinated a research project on training and learning in the N8 Policing Research Partnership (PRP), in order to:

  • identify best practices in training and learning in N8 police forces which can be shared across the partnership;
  • identify current challenges to training and learning in police forces;
  • identify future training and learning needs for policing partners;
  • investigate relevant resources available through N8 academic partners and how beneficial partnerships between police and academics can be strengthened;
  • and to use findings of the research to support the sustainable development of partnerships between police and academic beyond the end of the N8 PRP project in 2020.

Dr Cheryl Simmill-Binning was the Research Associate, based at Lancaster University, who carried out the data collection for the project. Cheryl was in touch with the N8 PRP police forces to conduct a range of interviews. The data generated by these interviews with key policing staff was used to develop a survey on training and learning for wider dissemination in the N8 PRP police forces.

The final report on the research findings can be found HERE

For further information about the project contact: Dr Jude Towers (