The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice was launched on 29th April 2014 as a joint venture between the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the University of Northampton, with the aim of creating evidence-based policy and practice across public safety services.

The IPSCJ launched with Lord Gordon Wasserman as its President, whose unparalleled experience in policing and criminal justice helped to shape the direction of the Institute. Lord Wasserman was joined on the IPSCJ Governance Board by Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds; Chief Executive for the Office of Mr Simmonds, Iain Britton; Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police, Adrian Lee; Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Northampton, Simon Denny; and the Director of IPSCJ.


Former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Ian Blair, joined the IPSCJ as a Visiting Professor in February 2015 as part of the Institute’s strategy to bring together expertise in academia, policy and practice to build better service models.

In September 2015 the IPSCJ won a College of Policing bid, part funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to lead a consortium of 18 research institutions and police forces – known collaboratively as East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) – to develop evidence in policing practice. EMPAC comprises of all five police forces in the region, their Police and Crime Commissioners and the University’s of Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, as well as Loughborough University, Lincoln University, DeMontfort University and Nottingham Trent University.

This significant investment of £865,000  supports a two-year programme of research addressing key challenges across local policing, operational policing, serious organised crime, victims and witnesses and organisational transformation.