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 14 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

The Third SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Award, 15 December 2017, Edinburgh
We invite you to be part of the audience. DEADLINE 1 DECEMBER

Registration open for the Scottish International Policing Conference - 14 December 2017, Edinburgh

. Registration open for the Scottish International Policing Conference

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First Responder Guide for cybercrime and digital forensics

The First Responder Guide (FRG) was developed by Droman Solutions Ltd, Police Scotland and Abertay University as an innovative approach to a number of challenges facing the police in dealing with cybercrime and digital evidence. The platform enables the user of a tablet to enter a 3D environment and interact with objects and characters, making decisions and solving challenges. An independent Evaluation, by Miranda Alcock, of a training pilot has been published, detailing the key findings from the responses of 98 participants who attended six pilot training days. FRG Evaluation

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SIPR Annual Report for 2016. Download the SIPR Annual Report for 2016

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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."
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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.
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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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