Scottish Institute for Policing Research Third Annual Conference

"Communities and Policing: evidence and innovation in Scotland"


In 2007, the Scottish Government pledged to deliver a more visible police service as the key element of a policy aimed at solving more crime and increasing public confidence and feeling of security. A year on from the inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee into community policing, the conference took as its main theme the inter-relationships between communities and policing. It explored a range of key issues relating to the security of citizens and the challenges for policing of engaging with rapidly changing local and virtual communities. Much of the focus was on the Scottish experience, with opportunities to hear about innovative approaches to community policing and community partnerships from the perspectives of both practitioners and researchers as well as consider the findings from recent and on-going research evaluating these initiatives. In addition, we were delighted to welcome David Kennedy from New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice and one of SIPR's Visiting Professors. David has extensive experience of working on troubled communities and provided a US perspective on the interplay between crime, racial conflict and policing.

The Conference was sponsored by ESRI UK Ltd and held at the West Park Conference Centre, Dundee, on 1 September 2009.

A Book of Abstracts and Biographies (pdf file [338 Kb]) is available to download. This includes Abstracts for all the Platform Presentations shown below, together with Abstracts for the Poster Presentations.

Plenary Session 1

Plenary Session 2

Parallel Sessions

Dimensions of 'community' in Scotland: patterns, futures and challenges for policing

Chair: Professor Peter Donnelly, University of St Andrews

Policing the Virtual Community: cybercrime

Chair: Bill Buchanan, Napier University, Edinburgh

Partnerships in Policing

Chair: Ken Scott, University of the West of Scotland

David Kennedy
David Kennedy, Annual Conference 2009

Major Sponsor ESRI

We are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Major Session Sponsor for Dimensions of Community, ESRI UK