Welcome to the website of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).
Welcome to the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), a strategic collaboration between 12 of Scotland's universities and the Police Service of Scotland, offering a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland.

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  • Human Provenance Meeting, June 2010

RECENT AND CURRENT PROJECTS The activities of SIPR are organized around four thematic networks. Please follow the links to view a range of research projects being carried out by SIPR members:

Thematic Networks

Police-Community Relations - focusing on the relationships between police and different social, cultural and economic communities

Evidence and Investigation - focusing on the role of the police in the recovery, interpretation and effective use of intelligence and evidence in the investigation of crime

Education and Leadership - focusing on the internal dynamics of police organisations, including issues of management, policy and leadership

Public Protection - focusing on research on policing and public protection and links with
                                                                 other bodies to influence policy and practice

Research Opportunities

Applying for a SIPR Practitioner Fellowships

Police staff and other practitioners with interests in policing are invited to submit proposals to the Institute for Practitioner Fellowships. These provide the opportunity to engage in a piece of policing related research under the supervision and guidance of an academic member of staff. Small amounts of funding are available to cover the costs of travel to and from the host institution and research expenses, such as photocopying and printing.

More information...

Latest Additions

Scottish International Policing Conference 2015: Policing Vulnerable People and Vulnerable Places 26 November 2015, The John McIntyre Centre, Edinburgh
Offers of Presentations and Posters are invited for the Breakout Sessions. If you are involved in relevant research on Policing Vulneable People and Vulnerable Places in Scotland and would like to offer a Platform Presentation or a Poster, please contact Tim Heilbronn (t.d.heilbronn@dundee.ac.uk) by September 18th. Reserve your place...

The SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Award, 30th June 2015, University of Dundee. Scottish PhD and MSc students presented their work to the Scottish Police.

Details of the winners and Symposium outputs...

New posts on the SIPR Blog! The SIPR Blog

What really works?
Professor Gloria Laycock, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, discusses a "Crime Reduction Toolkit", and David Hamilton, Scottish Police Federation, gives a plea to academics to treat Stop & Search data with appropriate caution

Police Community Relations Collaborative Projects.

Researching the future of local policing in Scotland: Small Research & KE Grants (up to a maximum value of 5,000) available for applicants from the Scottish university sector. Closing date 31st August.

Further details...

Stop and search pilot evaluation published .

Researchers at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh Napier University have published a report evaluating a new approach to stop and search piloted by Police Scotland, with 19 recommendations.

Full Report...

SIPR Annual Report for 2014. Download the SIPR Annual Report for 2014

View the Report ...

H2020 Programme for Security .

SIPR is offering funding up to £2,000 to assist in the preparation of proposals to secure Horizon 2020 or other European funding. Outputs are also available from H2020 Workshops held at the University of Dundee.

further details...

  • For details of forthcoming SIPR events, and other relevant meetings SIPR Noticeboard...
  • Scottish International Policing Conference 2014: Technology, Policing and Criminal Justice, 22 October 2014, The John McIntyre Centre, Edinburgh Outputs...
  • SIPR-GMU Research Symposium. 20th October 2014, Scottish Police College Outputs...
  • Police Professionalism, Education and Learning. 24 June 2014, University of Stirling Outputs...
  • Scottish International Policing Conference 2013 Thursday 14 November 2013, South Hall, Pollock Halls, University of, Edinburgh
    Supported by Selex ES and the Scottish Government, the theme of this year's conference was Innovation in Policing.
  • The 7th SIPR Annual Lecture: The Power of Policing Partnerships. Wednesday 13th November 2013, The Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh. Presented by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Australia. Outputs...
  • Outputs are available for all past SIPR events Download here...
  • SIPR Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Policing studies launched!
    more information...
  • CPD Course - University of Abertay. "How good are my interviews? Assuring quality for child interviewers"
    more information...

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