Welcome to the Centre for Policing Research and Learning

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The Centre has an ambitious, innovative and wide-ranging programme of activities involving research, education and knowledge exchange, working collaboratively with police agency partners. The Centre contributes to the work of police agencies as they adapt to a changing policing landscape, with its greater emphasis on evidence-based practice.

About the Centre
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The Centre's work

The Centre creates and uses knowledge to improve policing for the benefit of society. It does this problem-solving research, through informal and formal learning to support continuing professional development; the gaining of degree qualifications and PhD research. The Centre is also concerned with knowledge into practice.

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Meet the team

Meet the CPRL team who help in the day-to-day Centre operations behind the scenes to our supporting academic staff who lead in the teaching and research strands of the Centre.

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About the partnership

The Open University Centre for Policing membership is a growing collaboration between 22 police forces and The Open University.

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Get involved

There are many ways to take part in the work of the Centre through our education, research and knowledge into practice programmes.

News

2023 Annual Report

This annual report features a selection of the work undertaken across 2023 which we consider to be highly relevant for the current policing environment.

15th May 2024
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Upcoming Events

Sep 25

Online Seminar: Strengthening Trust and Legitimacy of Policing

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:30

Oct 23
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