Research within LCAPS
Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies research interests and expertise
LCAPS research agenda is themed around a number of dynamic research clusters which reflect the primary and secondary interests of our staff.
Current research activities are themed around the following research clusters:
- Investigation and Intelligence
- Safeguarding, Vulnerability and Welfare
- The Police Institution, Police Education and Police Culture
- Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism
Our research clusters enable us to engage in the co-creation of knowledge alongside industry stakeholders. We do this by addressing contemporary issues within policing and broader human security domains. In addition to this, our research initiatives and aspirations enable us to play a strong role in the Research Exercise Framework.
Find out more about our research by taking a look at the sections on our projects and expertise below.
LCAPS brings together research-active staff from across the University. Our expertise draws on the following disciplines:
- Policing studies
- Criminal justice
The Centre also carries out work within the following research areas: serious and organised crime, intelligence analysis, domestic violence, evidence-based policing, human trafficking, counter-terrorism. In bringing together leading researchers from these fields, the Centre produces sector-leading research that addresses the needs of modern policing, law enforcement and security.
From crime prevention to skills gaps, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies undertake a number of projects that relate to their research agenda. In addition to the Police Knowledge Fund (see below), academics from LCAPS are undertaking the following projects.
Diversity and Inclusion within Police Firearms Project
LJMU is leading a new research project to support the strategic objectives of improving and developing inclusion and diversity in firearms police teams nationally.
This project will focus on the environment, the culture, the people and understanding behaviours and cultures within firearms units currently, and where this may need to be challenged, changed or celebrated.
The project is led by LJMU and the National Police Chiefs Council and both NPCC and LJMU project teams are excited about the benefits and change this national project could bring. The timely research is expected to benefit firearms departments, police forces and importantly the public, assisting firearms teams to be more inclusive thus increasing public confidence and satisfaction.