About the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
Policing, crime prevention and allied security professions
Established in 2015, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) has a wealth of professional, practical and academic experience. LCAPS uses this experience to conduct research and provide training within the fields of policing, crime prevention and allied security professions.
The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies brings together research-active staff from across the University. This multi-disciplinary approach means LCAPS' researchers specialise in eight distinct areas:
The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies also carries out work within the following research areas: terrorist studies, counter terrorism, child protection, child sexual exploitation, hate crime, crime prevention and reduction, human trafficking and maritime security.
The Centre's interdisciplinary nature and close ties to key institutions and influential individuals will produce world-leading and innovative research, which is both ground breaking and relevant to current and emerging national and international policy.
LCAPS' interdisciplinary learning portfolio equips students and practitioners with the skills they need to respond to the complex demands of contemporary policing.
The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies' portfolio of taught degrees is expanding and LCAPS will soon offer one of the most comprehensive portfolios of academic policing programmes.
In 2016, Sir Jon Murphy, the former Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, announced he was joining the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. Sir Jon helps to develop and delivers our academic framework. Speaking about the Centre, Sir Murphy said: "The Centre is enormously important and has the right combination of evidence-based practice, academic rigour and research innovation to drive policing studies to the highest standards not only here in the UK but across the world."
Although the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies was established in 2015, academics from Liverpool John Moores University have had longstanding relationships with key organisations, such as Merseyside Police. More recently, the Centre has also developed partnerships with Merseyside Community Safety Partnership, the Police Commissioner for Merseyside and the College of Policing.
LCAPS' partners not only help to inform its governance, but their resources, knowledge and skillset also enable the development of cutting-edge research and training.
A current project, titled the Police Knowledge Fund, is being undertaken with four partners – Merseyside Police, Merseyside Community Safety Partnership, the Police Commissioner for Merseyside and the College of Policing.
The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies will continue to work in partnership with organisations to ensure we are responsive to the sector’s changing regional, national and international strategic priorities.
In addition to the Police Knowledge Fund project, the Centre’s staff are contributing to the development of Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Statements for policing. This work is being completed in collaboration with the Higher Education Forum and the College of Policing. The results of this project will shape the future both UK policing and policing education. You can find more information about our work on our Projects and our Expertise page.
It's important that we not only tackle criminality through enforcement, but also work with partners to look at the changing demands of a modern day police force and improve our knowledge, skills and problem-solving approaches.