Universities’ Police Science Institute
The Universities' Police Science Institute was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing.
We have secured in excess of £5 million in funding from policing and governmental agencies. By combining academic reputation with a strong focus upon policy and practice, we have achieved international acclaim for our innovations in designing, developing and accessing new solutions to policing problems.
Predicting, preventing and policing crime harms in communities that are increasingly diverse and complex requires more sophisticated acquisition and adaptation to evidence from police and partner agencies. Our research activity covers finding and solving problems across the modern policing environment.
Our research themes
Identifying how police can best manage the impacts of public-interest and terrorist events upon public behaviours using social media and big data technologies across a variety of major policing operations
Policing vulnerability and high harm crimes
Our research on complex and high harm crimes has created new evidence of what works locally in targeting vulnerability and areas of high demand and need.
Effective policing requires strong bonds with neighbourhoods and the right partnership arrangements to identify community priorities and collaborate to respond, reduce and prevent crime.
Understanding how digital behavioural analytics and policing technologies shape police responses to new risks and opportunities.
Embedding evidence and knowledge-based practice into policing
We are committed to developing the knowledge, skills and experience required to develop critical thinking and evidence-based practice amongst police and other non-academic partners through the Wales Safeguarding Repository, Policing Futures, collaborative studentships, and placement opportunities.
Our Policing Futures Masterclass Series is a unique collaboration between the Universities’ Police Science Institute and South Wales Police. Policing Futures is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experience required to develop critical thinking and evidence-based practice among those considered future leaders within the force.
Participants in the Masterclass will focus on the challenges in policing in-line with the force’s strategic vision, investigate evidence-based interventions and develop research projects to creative innovative solutions.
Research unit lead
Professor Amanda L Robinson
Professor of Criminology
Co-Director of the Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute
Director, Universities' Police Science Institute
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