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 13 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.

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Latest Additions Further details...

Public confidence and partnership in policing: a Police Community Relations sandpit.
Tuesday 9th May 2017, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh

Small Research & KE Grants (up to a maximum value of £8,000) are available for applicants from the Scottish university sector.

Book your place for this opportunity to pitch your ideas for PCR Collaborative Project Funding For further details and to book your place...

Glowing Report from SFC on the Impact of SIPR!

In their "Ten Year Impact Report", the Scottish Funding Council say, "SIPR is an exemplary investment for SFC in the extent of its ongoing achievement and it has significant potential to make even more of a difference."
Read the Impact Report ...

Policing 2026 - SIPR Evidence Review
To coincide with the launch, by Police Scotland and the SPA, of the 2026 Policing Strategy, we are pleased to publish this collection of papers which were specially commissioned as an Evidence Review to inform the 2026 Strategy. They have been written by a group of international policing experts with extensive experience as academic researchers, senior practitioners and policy makers.
Read the SIPR Evidence Review...

OUTPUTS AVAILABLE! Scottish International Policing Conference 2016: Policing: localism in a globalising world.

New posts on the SIPR Blog! The SIPR Blog

We recently held our second SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Awards
Richard Jefferies, UWS, won the Best Poster Award, and gives his thoughts on the event.

the 8th Edition of the SIPR Police Bibliography

The latest edition of this comprehensive collection of publications relevant to policing by researchers based within the Scottish Universities now numbers 2,114 references.

The SIPR Police Bibliography...

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.

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  • SIPR Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Policing studies launched!
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  • CPD Course - University of Abertay. "How good are my interviews? Assuring quality for child interviewers"
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