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The Crime and Security Research Institute uses the existing expertise of research groups from across the university sector.

The Universities' Police Science Institute

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The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI) was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police.

We are internationally recognised for designing, developing and assessing evidence based approaches to tackling the major challenges in policing. We draw on research excellence from a range of UK universities, and have particular expertise and made significant real-world impact in:

  • reassurance and neighbourhood policing
  • prevent and counter-terrorism
  • democratic policing.

The Violence Research Group

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Our Violence Research Group has generated practical solutions to violence at local, national and global levels. Based in Cardiff University, our research focusses on:

  • understanding the causes of violence and producing real-world applications to help prevent it
  • examining violence prevention initiatives, working with service providers - health agencies, social services, criminal justice agencies, local government and voluntary sector
  • evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the psychological, social and economic impacts of violence
  • translating effective innovations into local, national and international policy and practice.

Our strength and reputation comes from the interdisciplinary research across the fields of medicine, public health, dentistry, criminal justice, police, psychology, materials science and economics. Additionally, we have an extensive record of innovation and contributions to policy and violence prevention.

We collaborate with DECIPHer. DECIPHer is the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement and brings together leading experts to tackle public health issues. DECIPHer has a particular focus on developing and evaluating multi-level interventions that will have an impact on the health and well-being of children and young people.

Data and Knowledge Engineering Group

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Our groups, based in the School of Computer Science and Informatics bring together specialist expertise in:

  • distributed information management
  • data and knowledge engineering
  • strategic information systems
  • computer vision
  • computer graphics
  • geometric computing
  • image and video processing.