The IPSCJ was delighted to help launch East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) at the NSPCC National Training Centre in Leicester on Friday (March 4th).
IPSCJ Head of Special Projects, Superintendent Dave Hill, has been appointed EMPAC Programme Director and will lead the collaboration – funded by the College of Policing and the Higher Education Funding Council of England – which consists of seven universities, five police forces and five Police and Crime Commissioners from across the East Midlands.
Friday’s launch event was attended by academics representing universities and police professionals from forces across the region, and featured speakers such as Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay from Leicestershire Police, Professor Simon Denny from the University of Northampton and Rachel Tuffin from the College of Policing.
EMPAC will pioneer research in five different areas in order to drive progress in policing across the East Midlands. Each of EMPAC’s five networks – local and community policing; serious organised crime; organisational transformation; victims, witnesses and public protection; and operational policing – will produce five research projects in their subject area. There will also be a total of 20 fellowships available to deliver projects with the support of networks.
Further IPSCJ involvement with the project comes through Director, Laura Knight, who has been appointed as academic lead for the Organisational Transformation Network. The first two projects to be undertaken as part of this will be an evaluation of the implementation of a coaching culture within the police and an activity analysis of special constables across the East Midlands.
Superintendent Dave Hill explained:
“Getting police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners and academics to sit around a table and agree to the aims and objectives is no mean feat. EMPAC really is a significant milestone in driving a culture of evidence-based policing.”