How can policing enrich and promote a ‘science and evidence first’ culture by identifying effective pedagogy, learning technologies, and research on organisational design?


"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

2. Future workforce and training:
We seek to increase the scientific expertise of our specialists and our wider workforce, to drive scientific thinking across the service. We need our specialists to have the latest skills and knowledge, and we need our workforce to be intelligent consumers and users of science and technology. Thus, underpinning each of our ARIs is a need to consider workforce skills and capabilities, as well as novel methods of delivery. Where possible, this is likely to involve ‘democratising’ science and technology so that it can be used by many while our specialists focus on acute and complex cases."

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
Please send any correspondence and questions to, including ‘ARI’ in the subject heading."


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

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