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Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies projects

Academics from the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies are working on a number of cutting-edge projects

From crime prevention to skills gaps, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPs) undertake a number of projects that relate to their research agenda. In addition to the Police Knowledge Fund, academics from LCAPS are undertaking the following projects.

Evidence-based practice in public protection and crime prevention

The College of Policing are at the forefront of efforts to embed evidence-based thinking in policing practice development in England and Wales. Together with HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and the Home Office, the College – through The Police Knowledge Fund – are supporting 15 projects to stimulate innovative working practice between police professionals and academic institutions. Our Merseyside-based project, one of those being supported, brings together LJMU, Merseyside Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.

As a multi-disciplinary project team comprising of seconded police officers and research-active University staff we work collaboratively to deliver postgraduate research training and supervision to police officers/staff and manage practice-based research. Our activities facilitate knowledge transfer and implementation through developing mechanisms to commission and evaluate research evidence. We work to develop the research skills of each of the 70 police officers/staff we have engaged and support them in producing research outputs capable of contributing to policy development within the following priority areas: child exploitation, crime prevention, hate crime, and cyber-crime. To date, student projects have supported the development of evidence-based practice in respect of police-led missing from home debriefing interviews and the enhanced targeting and management of domestic violence perpetrators. Other projects have explored police engagement strategies with a range of vulnerable groups including young people in police custody, sex workers, criminally exploited children, and victims of disability hate crime.

Port and maritime security

Leading a highly specialised area of research, Dr Yarin Eski’s work on port and maritime security has brought forward several publications, including his Policing, Port Security and Crime Control: an Ethnography of the Port Securityscape (2016 Routledge).

Yarin explores the everyday occupational life of frontline police and security staff who work in two of the biggest and highly secured European ports, Rotterdam and Hamburg, by offering a bottom-up insight into the locally closed-off yet internationally connected border zones of the port. This project has been made possible by the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Dutch Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and Dr Hendrik Muller Foundation. Currently, his projects include writing the biography of a legal arms trader and developing existential understandings of genocidal intent and genocide survivorship.

Quantitative and spatial analytical skills

There are a number of cultural shifts taking place within UK policing and broader human security domains for which quantitative skills are integral. The College of Policing has called for increased focus on quantitative techniques in police training. Additionally, the increased emphasis on evidence-based practice requires effective methods for deploying, appraising and monitoring policing innovations and interventions.

In 2016, Dr Adegbola Ojo secured a British Academy Skills Innovator Award for a research programme designed to respond to a critical gap in graduate and practitioner quantitative skills. Research activities have been designed to be relevant to both parties as well as up-skilling social science researchers.

A network of researchers has been established bringing together stakeholders from a range of allied human security disciplines who aim to contextualise some of the key debates on evidence-based practice in policing and broader human security; scope the possible limits and boundaries of evidence-based practice in policing; articulate the broader implications of deficiencies in the use of empirical approaches in understanding what works and what does not work; and clarify understanding of evidence-based policing in an international context. In addition to the activities of the research network, the research programme also embeds at least four ongoing research projects including: space-time configuration of insurgency and terrorism for emergency response preparedness, developing a simplified framework for evidence-based policing, understanding the spatial dimensions of journeys to crime, and social media text mining for evidence-informed decision-making.

Support for Metropolitan Police officers

This newly commissioned research project being led by Dr Helen Panter will examine how to administratively account for and support minority members within the Metropolitan Police force.

Given the paucity of recent academic works which have examined the failing of diverse communities to disclose their protected characteristics administratively, a systematic literature review is being conducted of national and international literature, practitioner and policy documents. The aim will be to identify key relevant material from other law enforcement organisations and similar public sector organisations to synthesise proposed action policies which will managerially assist the Metropolitan Police force. The project is intended to improve current reporting and documentation systems in place alongside assistance in the drafting of future force policies.

The Consortium for Criminological Research on the Powerful (CCRP)

The Consortium for Criminological Research on the Powerful (CCRP) is a cross-university research group which aims to challenge and conceptualise ‘the powerful’ by advancing qualitative and quantitative methodology in order to gain valuable insights into the social realities of those in power. CCRP is an affiliation with Ghent University, the University of Porto and the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies which developed following the Summer School on Elites and Experts as Subjects of Qualitative Research: Challenges in Design, Execution and Analysis that took place at Ghent University, 30 May – 1 June 2017.

The group provides members with opportunities to exchange and cooperate in improving research on the powerful in order to create possibilities for discovering, discussing and overcoming common conceptual and methodological challenges and controversies. It does this by facilitating seminars, conferences and seasonal specialist courses for criminological research and increase interdisciplinary thinking, sustained by close networking and cooperation on research and education projects that focus on the powerful. Members exchange information, especially through social media, on relevant (scientific) events, publications, and funding opportunities relating to criminological research on the powerful. CCRP is also connected with the Working Group on Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies of the European Society of Criminology.

CCRP is open to students and scholars from a wide array of social sciences, including criminology, sociology, political science, law, communication studies, as well as to criminal justice and policing professionals outside the academic domain.

Expressions of interest and further information can be directed to Dr Yarin Eski at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.