Some high-quality police-focused research but research is fragmented and scattered; relations between the academic community and Scottish police forces are ‘ad hoc and infrequent’; and the extent to which ‘research results is being fed directly into practice by its originators is negligible’. (Professor Carol Heddermanm University of Leicester)
Within a very short time, SIPR has become one of the most important (if not the most important) institution for policing and police science within Europe (Professor Thomas Feltes, University of Bochum)
Neyroud (2011) identifies need for ‘a new paradigm’ that changes the relationship between research and policing:
- police adopt and advance evidence-based policies;
- universities become active participants in the world of police practice.
Investment… in new, relevant research and capacity building
Innovation…. in knowledge exchange and education
Internationality… placingScottish policing in a global context
Impact … on processes, policy and practice
Funding of £2.1m from SFC and ACPOS over 4 years used to support..
Research excellence, relevance and capacity building via 7 lectureships, 3 PDRAs, and 9 PhD studentships;
Knowledge exchange activities, including over 50 events attended by over 3000 people;
Supporting the leadership, management and infrastructure of SIPR
Additional investment of over £4m in research, KE and capacity building 2007-2010
Community of 40+ PhD students
Development funding from:
Promoting the use of research evidence in policing;
Developing ‘full collaborative partnerships’ through the processes of knowledge generation, diffusion and use;
Establishing ‘a dialogue of listening’
Renewed investment from ACPOS over the next four years to fund a programme of research and KE;
Renewed investment from universities over the next four years to support the leadership and strategic development of SIPR.