SIPR Noticeboard   -    Issue 66  -   Febuary  2014

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How many screens are seen? Factors influencing perception in multiplex video environments and CCTV. University of Dundee, 18th February
The next meeting of the Dundee Policing & Criminology Group will be held on 18th February, when the speaker will be Ken Scott-Brown, from the University of Abertay Dundee, on his work on surveillance technology. All welcome! 13.00 to 14.00 in Carnelley Building (behind the Tower Building) Room 2.20. Bring your sandwiches!

Identifying the 'troublesome knowledge' that acts as a barrier to learning quantitative methodologies in Sociology. 18th February, Manchester.
Manchester Metropolitan University is running an HEA sponsored seminar on barriers to learning QM among undergraduate sociology/criminology students, that will focus on the concept of 'troublesome knowledge' and 'threshold concepts'. They will be presenting case studies from their work, but would particularly welcome input from colleagues at other Centres with regard to sharing good practice.  More ...

"What's the BIG DEAL" Scotland's first Anti-Illicit Trade Summit, 6th and 7th of March, Murrayfield Stadium
Day 1 includes sessions on the Games/Film/Muisc Industry; Food and Drink; Fashion; and Sports, Health and Beauty. Day 2 focuses on Tackling Intellectual Property Crime and the Illicit Trade in Scotland, with Workshop options on Prevention, Intelligence, and Enforcement.  More ...

Workshop, 7 March 2014, Perth Police Station, 11am - 3.45pm
This workshop aims to identify and evaluate the different models that have been used to think about the relationship between police and communities in Scotland. It will bring together police researchers, practitioners, historians, archivists and curators to discuss how past and present can be brought together for future benefit. In what ways can we learn from the past? How have communities changed in Scotland, and what does this mean for policing? What are the current challenges for local policing? How might police history be used to build links with local communities? Speakers include: Alastair Dinsmor, Alistair Henry, Louise Jackson, Neil Davidson, ACC Mike McCormick, and Richard Sparks.

The workshop is one of two interdisciplinary events jointly organised by SIPR and the University of Edinburgh.


A second seminar on 'Police Amalgamations: Historical and Geographical Comparisons' will be held on Friday 2 May 2014. Details to be issued in due course.  

First Scottish Student Forensic Research Symposium, 14th March.
The 1st Scottish student led symposium on forensic research will be held on Friday 14th March 2014 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. This joint event between the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, and supported by SIPR, will bring together research topics from all areas of Forensic Science and showcase the fantastic work being carried out by student researchers. The day will also feature a keynote talk from Prof. Sue Black. The closing date for abstracts is the 17th February.  More ...

Serious organised crime project vacancies
The Police Foundation are looking for a Senior Research Officer and two Research Officers to join their Impact of Organised Crime on Local Communities project team which will examine the impact of serious and organised crime on vulnerable people and communities and raise awareness locally of the harm it causes. The posts will be offered as 22 month contracts, although extensions may be offered, dependent on the availability of further funding. A long-term secondment for the duration of the contract would be considered. The closing date for applications is 17th February  Job application pack ...

"Glimpse inside the mind of a child sex abuser". Edinburgh, March 24th 2014, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Jim Gamble QPM will introduce the event by linking the journey between historic and contemporary offending. Emma Jackson will provide a powerful insight of child sexual exploitation by sharing her own personal experience. Mark Williams-Thomas is an award winning journalist. He broke the Savile story, and his session focuses on power & influence, exploring the seduction of celebrity & how such abusers hide in plain sight. More ...

CPD Course - University of Abertay. "How good are my interviews? Assuring quality for child interviewers"
This CPD course, run by SIPR-funded lecturer David La Rooy at the University of Abertay, is a practical system for maintaining and improving interview skills based on best-practice guidelines and scientific research. Next course : 7-9 April [PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE OF DATE]. Cost £575. Other dates for the course are flexible, by arrangement with the organisers.  More ...

4th Annual Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference: The Road to Professionalism, Wednesday 5 March 2014 1 Plough Place, London
Following the success of their Winter 2013 Conference, hosted by SIPR in Edinburgh, the SEBP have announced the Programme for their 4th Annual Conference, which will include presentations by Prof Larry Sherman, Prof Martin Innes, Prof Shane Johnson, Dr Clifford Stott, as well as police practitioners. The conference is open to all members (Membership is free) at a cost of just £50 per delegate. Complete the Registration Form before 12 February: More ...

Youth Offenders in Scotland,Edinburgh, Wednesday 23rd April
Organised by Holyrood Conferences. Holyrood magazine’s Young Offenders conference will examine progress on the implementation of new policies and explore practice examples from across Scotland which aim to prevent persistent or repeat offending. Speakers include: Colin McConnell, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service; Sue Brookes, Governor, Polmont Young Offenders Institution; Tam Baillie, Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People; Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, SACRO; Karyn McCluskey, Director, The Violence Reduction Unit More ...

Resilience : an international & inter-disciplinary conference. 30th May 2014, UWS, Ayr Campus
This exciting Event brings together outstanding speakers from a variety of disciplines whose work is renowned in the field having impacts on policies and practice across the world. In times of change and adversity there is a tendency to focus on the negative effects. This conference is contributing to a growing recognition that policies and interventions can also learn a great deal from how some people, or systems, adapt, recover from or remain strong in times of adversity.  More ...

13th CARES Conference, Dundee, 6th June 2014
This conference, "Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS): Something new, something old and something borrowed", will take place at the West Park Conference Centre. The programme has been organised by Dr Alex Baldacchino University of Dundee, and includes presentations by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, University of Strathclyde, on pharmalogical aspects, and Dr Richard Stevenson, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, on the Glasgow experience.  Programme; Website

4th International Conference on Cybercrime, Digital Forensics and Security, University of Strathclyde, 23-24 June
Cybercrime covers the use of any computer or computer network for crime and ranges from financial scams, computer hacking, distribution of pornography, virus attacks, and information theft. Participants from academia, law enforcement, private and public sector are welcome. The call for papers and key dates (Deadline for paper submission, 28th March) are available from the conference website:

7th International Evidence Based Policing Conference - 'Police-led Experiments' University of Cambridge, 7-9 July 2014 Members of the Society of Evidence Based Policing can attend at a massively discounted rate of just £10 per day (8th & 9th July). The closing date for registrations is 24th June, after which delegates will be charged £300 per day. Registrations will not be accepted after 30th June 2014. Please note that the Tour de France will be in Cambridge on the 7th July so you may wish to make early arrangements as accommodation is likely to be at a premium.  More ...

SIPR Annual Newsletter 2013
On 1st April 2013, a new era in the policing of Scotland began with the establishment of a national police service. For SIPR this transformative moment in policing creates a range of important opportunities to contribute to the independent assessment of this major public service reform. The Newsletter includes:

New appointments and Publications; What Works Centre for Crime Reduction; Strengthening SIPR's international relationships; Researching Procedural Justice; SIPR IMPAKT and Strategic Research & Knowledge Exchange Awards; Knowledge Exchange : past and forthcoming events

Download "SIPR Newsletter, 2013" (297 Kb)

The SIPR Annual Lectures, 2007-2012 and 2013 Against a background of a growing recognition of the value of evidence-based approaches to policing, this booklet contains the SIPR Annual Lectures delivered by Wesley Skogan (Nor thwestern University), Lawrence Sherman (University of Cambridge), Nick Tilley (University College, London), Betsy Stanko (Metropolitan Police Service) and Peter Neyroud (University of Cambridge). Download: "Policing: Connecting Evidence and Practice. SIPR Annual Lectures,2007-2012 ...

The 2013 Lecture The Power of Policing Partnerships was presented by Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Australia. This lecture focuses on the partnerships between police and schools, presenting results from the ABILITY Trial, and discusses the impact of police partnerships on the lives of young truants.
Download the Podcast and PowerPoint for the SIPR Annual Lecture, 2013 ...

Scottish International Policing Conference, 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, and included The James Smart Memorial Lecture presented by Chuck Wexler, PERF, Washington DC. Contributions from the US, Europe, as well as Scotland, focused on the challenges of transforming information into intelligence, the importance of targeting interventions, and different approaches to enhancing trust and confidence in policing.   Podcasts and PowerPoints available to download ...

National Rural Crime Seminar, Birmingham, 5 March 2014
With overall crime rates continuing to fall nationally, rural crime remains a stubborn exception to the rule and has in fact increased over the past few years.

This national seminar will provide a forum to discuss the future landscape of rural crime in the UK. It will explore how through the rebalancing of resources, rural communities can be best served
Further details: or + 44 (0) 845 052 9602

SIPR Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Policing Studies
This programme has been developed for police officers and police staff, people involved with policing from other backgrounds (such as those in the public, community and voluntary sectors who work in criminal justice and community safety fields) and those interested in a career in policing from across the UK and internationally. More information ... More information on the course...

Tim Heilbronn
Business and KT Manager
Scottish Institute for Policing Research,
School of Social & Environmental Sciences,
University of Dundee,
Dundee DD1 4HN

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