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Scottish International Policing Conference - Contemporary Policing Demand: Enhancing Capacity, Capability, and Resilience

Date of event: May 23, 2022

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Jigsaw peices over an image of Scottish Police Officer with the words contemporary Policing Demand: Enhancing Capacity, Capability, and Resilience

Event Briefing

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 May 2022
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Welcome to the information pages for the 10th SIPR Scottish International Policing Conference.

This is a very special year for us – like everyone, we have missed being able to host in-person events and are excited to return to these.

However, not only will this be the 10th SIPR conference, we are also celebrating the 15th anniversary of the establishment of SIPR, as well as the 50th year of the James Smart Memorial Lectures. Given this, for the first time we will be hosting the event over two days and will mark our triple celebration with an evening dinner and ceilidh where the James Smart Lecture will be delivered by Andy Rhodes QPM – former Chief Constable for Lancashire Constabulary and National Lead for Well-Being & Engagement.

We are also delighted that the 2nd Nick Fyfe Lecture will be delivered by Professor Catherine Filstad, Professor in Leadership and Leadership Development, Organizational Learning, Change Management, HRM and Organisational Behaviour at Kristiania University College and the Police University College in Norway.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Contemporary Policing Demand: Enhancing Capacity, Capability, and Resilience’.

Throughout the conference, we hope to explore such varied subjects as workforce (capacity, recruitment, and retention); culture, diversity, and inclusion; organisational change and innovation; staff well-being; training, learning, and education; as well as data and demand.

As always, our aim for our conference is to provide an opportunity for valuable discussions, identifying key challenges and potential solutions, and sharing examples of best practice. We hope to provide plenty of opportunities to network, and meet your colleagues across policy, practice, and academia.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Seeking nominations for SIPR Impact Awards

This year’s SIPC will also see the presentation of two new SIPR awards
SIPR are keen to formally recognise individuals, or teams, who have made significant contributions to policing research, policy, and/or practice. We invite you to nominate yourself, or your colleagues – individually or as a team – for SIPR’s inaugural impact awards.
Two prizes are available – the SIPR Impact Award and SIPR Early Career Researcher Impact Award – each worth £500. Deadline for nominations Tuesday 3 May 2022

For more information and a nomination form go to SIPR Impact Award Page

Call for Posters

Would you like to showcase your research to an international audience of peers? Then submit your poster for exhibition at SIPR’s upcoming Scottish International Policing Conference! Posters are welcome on any area relevant to Policing Research and can represent research at any stage of the process.

SIPR particularly welcome submissions from Early Career Researchers. An individual from each poster contributed will be provided with complimentary tickets to both days of the conference. There will also be a prize presented to winner of ‘Best Poster’ during the conference.

Deadline to notify intent to provide a poster is Monday 2 May 2022

For more information go to SIPC2022 Call for Posters

Event Programme

13:00 -
- SIPC DAY ONE - MONDAY 23 MAY - Registrations

The Postgraduate Symposium which showcases the excellent Postgraduate and Early Career Policing Research being undertaken across Scotland will take place on the morning of 23rd May 2022.

We encourage all our conference attendees to join us for the symposium.

13:40 -
- Official conference welcome and open

Official welcome to the 10th Scottish International Policing Conference, from Conference Chair - Professor Denise Martin

14:00 -
- Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Contemporary Demands on Policing

Short presentation and discussion panel featuring:

Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) Director of Knowledge, Dr Victoria Herrington (Panel Chair)

Police Scotland Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone

Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Chair, Mr Martyn Evans

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS), Mr Craig Naylor

Conference Chair and SIPR Associate Director, Professor Denise Martin

15:00 -
- Workshop Sessions One

Workshop 1: Data and Demand

Chair: Amy Wilson (Head of Justice Analytical Services)

Lead(s): Dr Paul Walley (Director of Learning Open University) and Professor Susan McVie (University of Edinburgh)

Contributors: Professor Jon Bannister (Manchester Metropolitan University), Supt Scott McCarren (Police Scotland), and Gillian Cherry (Police Scotland)

Workshop 2: Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion

Chair(s): Dr William Graham (Abertay University)

Lead(s): Professor Jemina Napier (Herriot Watt University) and Dr Robert Skinner (Herriot Watt University)

Contributors: Keith Fraser (Youth Justice Board) and Lucy Clark ((Herriot Watt University)

Workshop 3: Organisational change, innovation and adaptation

Chair(s): Dr Liz Aston (SIPR/ Edinburgh Napier University)

Lead(s): Dr Victoria Herrington (Australian Institute of Police Management), ACC Jackie Sebire (Bedfordshire Police), and Jamie Allan (Police Scotland)

16:30 -
- Optional Networking Session

At the end of day one the meeting spaces in the National Museum of Scotland will be made available to anyone who would like to use them for meeting and networking opportunities.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

The museum will close at 17:00 and re-open at 18:30 for dinner guests.

18:30 -
- James Smart Lecture: Drinks Reception, Dinner, and Ceilidh

A piper will (re)welcome our conference delegates to the National Museum to begin our celebration of the 50th James Smart Memorial Lecture. Dinner will be served then followed by a traditional Scottish Ceilidh with support from Ceilidh band Reel Time.

SIPR Director, Dr Liz Aston will welcome everyone to the dinner and introduce our keynote speaker, Andy Rhodes QPM.

JAMES SMART MEMORIAL LECTURE - Delivered by Andy Rhodes - "We asked for workers and they sent us humans: Why workforce mental health & well being is vital to building community trust & confidence”

In his speech, former Chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary Andy Rhodes QPM, will present the conference with the latest research and data in relation to police workforce mental health & well being. He will offer his reflections on the police service’s progress in this challenging area of organisational development gained from his experience as NPCC lead and co-founder of the National Police Well Being Service - Oscar Kilo in 2015. Andy will present a compelling and provocative argument for placing well being at the centre of a policing strategy linking workforce mental and physical health outcomes to public trust and confidence. Drawing on evidence and practice from police systems across the globe, learning from other social
care systems and the latest developments in technology he will describe a future where mental health and well being is
placed at the forefront of every operational and organisational decision, rather than as an afterthought. By making this paradigm shift we can start to see workforce mental health as an opportunity rather than a threat. A chance to re-frame the conversation based on the principles of organisational justice so that the courageous people who step forward to join our profession are given the protection they deserve and therefore are better able to police our communities in a competent and compassionate way.

09:30 -
- SIPC 2022 - DAY TWO - TUESDAY 24 MAY - Registrations
10:00 -
- Welcome and Impact Award Winners Presentation
10:30 -
- Nick Fyfe Lecture

Delivered by Professor Cathrine Filstad - “Police leadership as practice -how to learn, lead and innovate”

The theme of this lecture is how a practice-based approach add to our knowledge of police leadership, police
reforms and community policing. James G. March (1991) argues that organizational learning, changing practices, implementing change (police reforms), and innovate, is about balancing exploration and exploitation of knowledge. Balancing is therefore about unfolding the complexity and exploring established practice in bottom-up activities in relation to exploit new opportunities and top-down initiatives. Hence, the dynamics of the balance is somewhat in the core of what constitutes police practices and what inhibit and promote their development. Drawing on recent empirical studies of police leadership and the
Norwegian police reform, a present and discuss with the audience how a practice-based approach might contribute to our
understanding of:

1. The police mission and strategies: how to unfold strategies as practice in policing as collective.
2. How to create a practice, a community, a collective of culture(s), identity and belonging, in development of competencies.
3. Participation consisting of sensemaking, discretion, power and politics.
4. Learning, change and innovation as integrated in practice, as relational in leader-follower relations, and how to create a strong learning culture in the police.

11:20 -
- Break and Poster Viewing/ Voting

Refreshments provided

Voting on best poster continues

12:00 -
- Workshops Session Two

Workshop 4: Health and Wellbeing

Chair(s): Dr Inga Heyman (Edinburgh Napier University)

Lead(s): Dr Evangelia Demou (University of Glasgow)

Contributors: Darren Tattersall (SPA-Forensic Services), Dr Ioannis Basinas (Manchester University), and Dr Martie Van Torgen (Manchester University)

Workshop 5: Effective Leadership

Chair(s): Professor Denise Martin (SIPR/ Abertay University)

Lead(s): Dr Kristy Docherty (Edinburgh Future Institute) and Brigid Russell (Brigid Russell Consulting)

Contributors: Andrew Broadbent (College of Policing), Clair Thomson (Police Scotland), Iain McKinnon (Police Scotland), and Karen Lawson (Scottish Government)

Workshop 6: Enhancing Workforce, Capability and Skills

Chair(s): Dr Kirsteen Grant (Edinburgh Napier University)

Lead(s): Dr Julie Berg (University of Glasgow)

Contributors: Dr Emma Williams (Open University) , Jenifer Norman (Open University), Andy Lancaster (CIPD), Professor Clifford Shearing (Universities of Toronto, Griffith, Cape Town, and Montreal)

13:30 -
- Lunch

Lunch and final opportunity to vote for best poster and best PG poster

14:15 -
- Launch new research grant: Contemporary Policing Demand
14:30 -
- Poster winners announced and conference close
15:00 -
- Optional Networking Session

Event Speaker & Guests

Andy Rhodes QPM - James Smart Memorial Keynote Speaker

Andy Rhodes QPM is the former Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary one of 43 forces in England & Wales with a workforce of 6,000. For 10 years he was the NPCC lead for wellbeing, staff engagement and organisational development. His policing background has been mainly in the uniform and specialist operations disciplines including Counter Terrorism Firearms Command. He was awarded the QPM in 2016 and has an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in coaching. Until retirement in 2021 he was chair of CPOSA the Chief Police Officers Staff Association. Andy has worked with experts from across policing and academia and is now the Service Director for the National Well Being Service (NPWS) Oscar Kilo (

Professor Catherine Filstad – Nick Fyfe Keynote Speaker

Cathrine Filstad is Professor in Leadership and Leadership Development, Organisational Learning, Change Management, HRM and Organisational Behaviour at Kristiania University College and the Police University College in Norway. Her research focus is police leadership and police reform, organisational learning and change management, leadership as practice, middle-management and leadership levels, knowledge creation and knowledge sharing, identity work, power and politics, newcomers learning processes and how to create a strong learning culture. She has a substantial number of scientific publications, a total of nine text books and a number of book chapters. The second edition of “Organizational learning: from knowledge to competence” in 2016. The second edition of “Newcomers in organizations – strategies and perspectives” in 2017. In 2020: Police leadership as practice.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM Plenary Speaker

has overall command and responsibility for the Police Service of Scotland and was appointed Chief Constable in August 2018, having been Deputy Chief Constable since December 2012 and having served as Interim Chief Constable from September 2017. Before the establishment of Police Scotland, Mr Livingstone was Assistant Chief Constable for Crime at Lothian and Borders Police, having joined the legacy service in 1992. Mr Livingstone served in Edinburgh and West Lothian as a patrol officer, detective, and as head of criminal investigations. Over the course of his career, he has commanded numerous major investigations and international events. During his 28 years in policing, Mr Livingstone has undertaken external attachments to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland as a senior investigator in 2008, and to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. He is active across the public sector and sat on the Scottish Sentencing Council, and continues to sit on the Independent Steering Group for Operation Kenova on Northern Ireland. Before entering policing, Mr Livingstone worked as a solicitor in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London having graduated in law from the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde. A Fulbright Scholar, he also graduated with a master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. In 2015 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

Mr Martyn Evans is Chair of the Scottish Police Authority Plenary Speaker

He joined as a board member in June 2018 before being appointed Chair in January 2021. He has wide-ranging executive and non-executive experience in the voluntary and public sectors. Martyn Evans BA (hons) MA (econ) FRSA was the first Chair and Independent Trustee of the Alex Ferry Foundation, a new grant making philanthropic charity which aims to improve the lives of people who work or have worked in the UK shipbuilding, engineering and related manufacturing industries, as well as their families and dependents. In April 2019 Martyn accepted the invitation to become Executive Chair and stood down from that post in May 2020. Martyn was previously Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust for 10 years having been appointed in November 2009. The Trust is an independent endowed Foundation. He was Director of the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) from 1998 to 2009 and a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde from 1995-2001. Prior to taking up his post with SCC he was Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Scotland for five years and Director of Shelter (Scottish Campaign for Homeless People) from 1987 to 1992.

Dr Victoria Herrington is Director of Knowledge at the Australian Institute for Police Management Plenary Speaker

meaning she is responsible for maintaining and developing the AIPM’s knowledge base about leadership and leadership development, its academic architecture and governance particularly in relation to AIPM’s longstanding graduate programs, and developing a suite of knowledge activities involving internal and external stakeholders across the world. Vicki has spent a career in applied, academic and neo-academic organisations across the UK and Australia. She is driven to translate academic knowledge into action and impact, and works at the nexus of academic and practice traditions. Vicki is an active researcher in the field of criminology with a deep commitment to interdisciplinarity. This is evidenced by her publication record found here. Moreover, recognises that knowledge is both generated and digested in many different forms. By recognising the complexity of our operating landscape, and drawing on a broad range of insights, Vicki works to help our understanding of “better leadership”. She holds a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Psychology, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice Studies, both from the University of Portsmouth, as well as a PhD in Criminal Policy (Laws) from King’s College London. She has also recently completed her Executive MBA at the University of Oxford, where she was recipient of the Saïd Business School and 30% Club Scholarship for Women, and was awarded both a Distinction and the Hertford College Prize for exceptional performance.

Professor Denise Martin, is the SIPC 2022 Conference Chair Plenary Speaker

Denise has been Professor of Criminology at Abertay University since 2019. Prior to this she worked at a number of institutions including the Open University, UWS, University of Brighton and Middlesex University. Her main research interests are in the area of policing and penology. She has been involved in a range of research projects and evaluations and worked with a range of agencies, including the Home Office, Scottish Prison Service, Police Scotland, Mayors Office for Policing and Crime and National Police Chief Council. She is specifically interested in the intersection and Law Enforcement and Public Health and is part of the Special Interest Group for Education for GLEPHA. She has been the Associate Director of the Education and Leadership Network for SIPR since 2016 and is interested in Police Learning and Development and organisational culture and change.

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