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Government backs new pet abduction law in pet theft crackdown

A new criminal offence for pet abduction has taken a significant step forward on 19 January 2024 with the announcement of government backing for new legislation. 

 

8th February 2024

We need your help to improve investigator welfare and outcomes for victim-survivors in rape and serious sexual offence (RASSO) investigations

As part of Operation Soteria Bluestone we are deploying our highly successful Learning & Wellbeing Survey again in February 2024 to understand your perspectives on a range of issues related to your force’s current learning and development (L&D) approaches to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to undertake or support RASSO investigations.

1st February 2024

Launch of article series on trauma-informed investigation of rape and serious sexual offences

We are delighted to announce the launch of a series of articles on the Open University’s ‘Open Learn’ site about the Trauma-Informed investigation of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO).

28th January 2024

Can a virtual reality courtroom be a useful learning tool?

Dr Ahmed Kadry and Simon Hull, who both work in the Department for Policing at The Open University (OU), have recently finished a project that evaluated OU policing apprentice's experiences of learning in a virtual reality (VR) courtroom.

4th December 2023

Launch of CPRL Collaborative to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and research across the OU with CPRL members

CPRL has launched a new format of research seminars under the brand ‘CPRL Collaborative’ that are open to academics and our police force members. 

23rd November 2023

Operation Soteria is seeking pilot studies of a Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Victim Impact Assessment tool

Operation Soteria Pillar 3 is looking to pilot a Victim Impact Assessment (RVIA) tool devolped for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) with police forces.

16th November 2023

PhD Research Opportunity

The Open University Business and Law Schools are inviting applicants to join their PhD programme beginning 1 October 2024. 

Further information on the studentships and how to apply are on the Business School website. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2024 - 12 noon (GMT).

14th November 2023

Participants wanted for Research Interviews on Domestic Abuse

Have you experienced violence or abuse from a partner or family member?  Did the case go ahead without your support or without you giving evidence?

We want to hear from women and men in England and Wales who are over 18 and whose case was taken forward without their support or evidence, ideally in the last 2 years, regardless of whether the perpetrator was convicted.

30th October 2023

OU/BBC Series 'The Met' Returns for a fourth series

OU/BBC Series 'The Met' Returns for a fourth series

A captivating fourth series of The Met, co-produced by The Open University (OU) and the BBC, is set to air on BBC One tonight (Tuesday 24 October) at 9pm.

The six-episode series provides insight into the Metropolitan Police in the face of complex cases and during a challenging period for the force.

24th October 2023

Welcome to Dr Shoshana Gander-Zaucker who joins the policing team

Dr Shoshana Gander-Zaucker recently joined the policing team here at the OU as a Research Associate. We have asked Shana to write a small piece about herself and the work she will be doing at the Centre.

23rd October 2023

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