What are the public’s perceptions, beliefs, and concerns about policing’s existing and emerging science and technology capabilities?


"Policing’s Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) are underpinned by three enduring challenges that are relevant to all of the question groups, which reflect our seven service lines. We are keen, therefore, that they are given prominent consideration in everything that we do.

1. Building and maintaining public trust
2. Future workforce and training
3. Responding to the climate crisis

1. Building and maintaining public trust:
The National Police Chiefs' Council commits to delivering innovation that is proportionate, fair, ethical, legal, and supported by the public. We have a ‘transparency first’ ethos, viewing this approach as one of many of our efforts to build public trust. Thus, underpinning all our ARIs is a need to understand how the public feels about our science and technology. "

Next steps

We welcome your engagement with our ARIs in the following ways:
• If you have evidence that completely or partly supports or answers one of our ARIs, we invite you to share that with us. For any ongoing research relevant to policing and crime reduction, we encourage you to register your research on the College of Policing’s research projects map, which has been designed to promote collaboration and support requests for participants.
• If you are, or plan to be, carrying out research that relates to one of our ARIs, we’d like to hear about it. While we cannot respond to speculative approaches for research funding, we will where possible act to support your ambitions, including finding you policing partners where possible.
• If you are submitting a funding or grant application that aligns with one of our ARIs, we hope that referencing policing’s ARIs will help to strengthen your case for the possible public impact of the research.
• We will use the ARI document to structure our academic engagement, prioritise events and build new connections with external partners. We will be using our ARIs in our engagement with UKRI, and we will publish any opportunities for funding via our website https://science.police.uk/
Please send any correspondence and questions to csa@npcc.police.uk, including ‘ARI’ in the subject heading.


This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

Policing Areas of Research Interest


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