N8 PRP Announces New Events and Registration Discount for Major Drugs Conference

by | May 7, 2024 | 0 comments

The N8 PRP Drugs Policing Conference, Policing Markets, Policing People, will take place at the University of Manchester, 1-2 July 2024.

N8 Policing Research Partnership has announced new additions to the Drugs Policing Conference Programme, and a discount for all registrations until 21 May 2024. 

Registration Discount

N8 PRP has announced a discount of £25 on registrations until 21 May 2024. The discount is available to all delegates using code N8PRP25 at checkout.

New Approach to Lived Experience Inclusion

N8 PRP has appointed Vikki Beere, University of Manchester PhD candidate and CEO of Project 6, as Lived-Experience Co-Ordinator to ensure voices of people with expertise from lived experience are fully included in the conference. 

N8 PRP will support at least 4 delegates with expertise from lived experience to attend the conference. At least one expert will join the panel on Current Challenges: Organised Crime, County Lines and Vulnerabilities. There will be support for the experts before and after the conference. 

N8 PRP has adopted this approach to radically increase the accessibility of the conference. This will increase the value and impact of discussions for all delegates as we consider the future of drugs policing in the UK. 

If you would like to attend as a person with lived experience and would like more information on the support available, please contact Helen Gordon-Smith or Vikki Beere. 

Katrina Ffrench Joins Workshop Leads

Katrina Ffrench, CEO of UNJUST and Board member of the ISOB, will lead an Intervention Workshop on Scrutiny, considering how community and advocacy groups can provide effective oversight of drugs policing and have real influence on police practice. 

Delegates will take part in impact-focused discussions designed to prompt delegates to identify actions to take from the conference, particularly as either a police practitioner or researcher. 

Katrina joins 5 other discussion leads who will hold workshops on Cuckooing, Internet-Facilitated Drug Markets, Naloxone, Drug Testing, and Police-Led Diversion. Jon Findley, HumanKind, and Jason Kew, The Justice Innovation Centre, will draw on their extensive backgrounds in policing, advocacy, and policy change. Professors Judith Aldridge and Fiona Measham and Dr Laura Bainbridge will share new and emerging research and policy innovations. 

New Pre-Conference Events Announced

In addition to the Welcome Reception (Manchester Museum, 7-9pm, 1 July), two further pre-conference events have been announced. 

NRiPN Research Development Workshop

Engineering Building A, University of Manchester, 15.00-17.00, 1 July

The N8 PRP New Researchers in Policing Network (NRiPN) invite PGRs and ECRs whose work relates to drugs policing to attend a Research Development Workshop with conference keynote speakers Professor Alex Stevens (University of Kent) and Kirsten Horsburgh (Scottish Drugs Forum), supported by NRiPN member Dr Tobias Kammersgaard (University of Sheffield).

Attendees will have the opportunity to present work-in-progress, discuss challenges and development questions, and discuss key priorities in drug policing research ahead of the main conference programme the following day.

Separate registration required (free) 

Interview with Paul Haylock: PTSD and Ayahuasca

Manchester Museum, 18:00-19:00, 1 July
Jo Neill (Prof of Psychopharmacology at UoM) will be in discussion with Mr Paul Haylock, former Metropolitan Police Officer. Jo and Paul will discuss the events that led to his PTSD, the experience of drinking Ayahuasca in the Amazon at a retreat centre with other service and military personnel with trauma, and his subsequent healing journey. As we consider the future of drugs policing in the UK, this event gives delegates the opportunity to reflect on broader questions about the role of drugs in our society, how we create the distinctions between legal and illegal, medicinal use and substance abuse, and how this effects drugs policing.

Routledge Confirmed as Exhibition Sponsor

N8 PRP is delighted to announce that Routledge will sponsor the NRiPN Poster Exhibition. 
N8 PRP’s New Researchers in Policing Network (NRiPN) will host a poster exhibition featuring research from postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. Exhibitors will be able to discuss their work with policy makers, practitioners, and senior researchers, finding new opportunities of for collaboration and impact.
There will be a prize for the poster presenting the most innovative work, as judged by the Keynote Speakers. The winner will receive 3 books of their choice from the Routledge Catalogue. 
The call for poster submissions is open. For more details please go to the conference website.