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The Unique Knowledge and Practice of Scottish Rural Policing: implications for governance, supervision, support and training in times of austerity

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The conference shared the findings of a pilot study, conducted in partnership with Northern Constabulary, and funded by SIPR, the Carnegie Foundation and the Stirling School of Education. The study examined the dimensions of rural policing practice and knowledge in Scotland and looked at the unique demands that are encountered by the police service in different rural contexts in Scotland, and the unique approaches to policing that have been developed. The key findings were linked to critical issues and changes facing Scottish police forces today.A report of the research is available as SIPR Research Summary (No 10)ProPELWelcome and Opening Comments DCC Andy Cowie, Northern Constabulary & Professor Nick Fyfe, Director, SIPRPodcast [6 minutes, 6.0 Mb]

  • Session 1 Chair: Professor Nick Fyfe
  • Professor Nick Fyfe, Director, SIPR Setting the context: a brief overview of Scottish and international evidence of crime and policing in rural environments
    PowerPoint Presentation [2.2 Mb]
    Podcast [17 minutes, 15.7 Mb]
  • DCC Andy Cowie, Northern Constabulary An overview of the specific issues and responses of Northern Constabulary in the current climate
    PowerPoint Presentation [400 Kb]
    Podcast [29 minutes, 26.4 Mb]
  • Professor Tara Fenwick & Dr Richard Dockrell, University of Stirling Understanding Police Knowledge and Practice in Rural Communities
    PowerPoint Presentation [1.6 Mb]
    Podcast [44 minutes, 40.7 Mb]
  • Session 2 Chair: Professor Nick Fyfe
  • Professor Tara Fenwick & Dr Richard Dockrell, University of Stirling Professionalism, Competence, Learning and Leadership
    PowerPoint Presentation [495 Kb]
    Podcast [26 minutes, 24.0 Mb]
  • Dr Simon Anderson, Scottish Centre for Social Research Rural crime and rural policing: looking backwards and looking forwards
    Podcast [13 minutes, 11.9 Mb]
  • Concluding comments
    Podcast [9 minutes, 8.5 Mb]

For further details, please contact the Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager, Tim Heilbronn (

The Speakers
Scottish Rural Policing, 28 November 2011

(l to r): Nick Fyfe, Andy Cowie, Tara Fenwick, Richard Dockrell, Simon Anderson


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