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Further funding for research into improving how Police investigate sexual violence

The Centre for Policing Research and learning has secured another year’s funding (£600k) to continue work, alongside Police, to improve the way rape and sexual offences are investigated. 

24th August 2023

Congratulations to Heather Barrett who completes her PhD

Heather Barrett has been Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Operations for CPRL and the Department for Policing Organisation and Practice for nearly four years, having joined CPRL in 2015 as Centre Manager. It is with great delight that Heather has recently passed her PhD.

16th August 2023

New Academic Director

Dr Emma Williams has been appointed to be the new Academic Director of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL).

29th June 2023
Dr Paul Walley receives the award presented by Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, OU

The Steven Chase Memorial Award

As part of the Memorial Lecture on 15 June, we had The Steven Chase Award which is for a CPRL project which best illustrates “research into practice and practice into research” and which is based on collaboration between an academic and a police organisation. 

28th June 2023

What came out of the Centre's Engagement Day?

On Thursday 15 June CPRL held an in-person Engagement Day with our partner forces at The Open University. This included a lecture presented by Martin Hewitt QPM, with discussants Andy Cooke (His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services) and Andy Marsh (Chief Constable and Chief Executive of the College of Policing).

28th June 2023

New Vacancy: Research Associate

We are recruiting for a Research Associate to join our Centre for Policing Research and Learning to work on a project which is focussed on evidence-led prosecutions in cases of domestic abuse. 

Closing Date: 3 July, 2023 - 12:00

20th June 2023

Meet our new Research Fellow

Ben will start his new post by scoping out and setting up research opportunities as part of the Centre's proposed commission to improve the legitimacy and trustworthiness of policing in the UK.

19th June 2023

Hear from Emma Bilsdon as she reflects on her time as a Senior Practitioner Fellow with the Centre

Emma Bildson joined the Centre on a 3-month secondment to work on a research project. Find out about her experience and the research project she worked on.

13th June 2023

Redesigning the response to reports of missing young persons. Can demand be prevented?

This report identifies improvements that can be made to help reduce demand and resource requirements to deal with young missing persons.

8th June 2023

PhD Studentship Opportunity

The Policing team have had a Studentship accepted by the Faculty. This provides a tremendous opportunity for someone to work on a funded project entitled "Stress and decision making – the link between trauma, culture and misconduct in policing", with Matthew Higgins and Sarah-Jane Lennie leading the work. 

1st June 2023

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Jan 15

Research Priority workshop

Monday, January 15, 2024 - 11:00 to 13:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes

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