Research Opportunities

Information about 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. Fellowships can be held for variable lengths of time and should be focused on a specific issue or question. Practitioner Fellows will also agree a set of outputs from their period of study, which might include a briefing paper for the police service and an article or conference presentation co-authored with their academic supervisor. 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.

Those interested in applying for a Practitioner Fellowship are encouraged to contact the Director or one of the Associate Directors of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research.

What are Practitioner Fellowships? What are the key benefits of the Practitioner Fellowship programme? What costs are met by the Fellowship? Who is eligible? How to apply and criteria for assessment

Applicants should submit their ideas for research to be carried out under this programme (maximum of two A4 pages) to the Director of SIPR indicating the following:

Applicants must also include a letter of support from their line-manager. (If applying on-line, please post the letter of support to Tim Heilbronn, Business and KT Manager, SIPR)

Assessment of your application will be in terms of its potential to contribute to improvements in policing.

Examples of recent and current SIPR Practitioner Fellowships

Adults Who Go Missing from Care Settings in Scotland PC Cameron Tait
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To Establish the Effects of a Role-Specific 12-Week Balance and Stability Conditioning Programme on the Shooting Accuracy in the Standing (Unsupported) Position, with a Handgun, of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) Within Police Scotland Michael Creaney
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Looked After and Accommodated Children: Evaluating the Impact of a National Partnership Agreement in Dundee DC Richard Grieve, Police Scotland
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Risk Terrain Modeling and Accident Improvement Programmes Duncan Sage, Tayside Safety Camera Partnership
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The Police Reform Programme in Scotland David Stewart, Taynuilt Associates
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An asset based approach to community policing Keith Jack, Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
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The Impact of Assets-based Community 'Listening Events' in two Scottish Locations Chief Inspector Tony Bone, Police Scotland
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Variations of culture in police organisations and their potential impact on amalgamation of police forces. A case study of the Scottish Police Service Superintendent Andrew Tatnell, Central Scotland Police & Mr Garry Elliott, Associate Tutor Scottish Police College
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The effectiveness of police negotiator training Chief Inspector Andy Brown, Scottish Police College
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No-Cold Calling Zones Brian Smith, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Angus Council
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Police-protestor liaison Inspector Craig Menzies, Grampian Police
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Missing Person Behaviour: Implications for Police Risk Assessment and Response
Dr Penny Woolnough, Senior Research Officer, Grampian Police
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Domestic abuse
DCI Brian Johnston, Central Scotland Police
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* A Small Scale Qualitative Analysis of Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the South of Edinburgh
Jim Royan, Lothian & Borders Police & Dr Alistair Henry, University of Edinburgh

* Safer Streets Domestic Abuse Initiative
Yvonne Beresford, West Lothian Council & Dr Alistair Henry, University of Edinburgh

* Glasgow Night Radio Network
Willie Caie, Glasgow City Council & Dr Jon Bannister, University of Glasgow

* Human Trafficking: Making the Links
Karen McMillan, Perth & Kinross Women's Aid & Professor Nick Fyfe, University of Dundee

* Operation Alaric
Kevin Chase, Central Scotland Police & Dr Jon Bannister, University of Glasgow

* Community Safety Tasking
Frank Gibson, Fife Council & Professor Nick Fyfe, University of Dundee

* These Practitioner Fellowships were funded by the ESRC Building Safer Communities Project in collaboration with the Scottish Community Safety Network and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

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