N8 PRP Announces New 3 Year Phase, Seeks New Policing Co-Director

by | Jun 24, 2024 | 0 comments

The N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) has announced a new 3-year phase, starting 1 October 2024.

The new phase has been made possible through the continued support of the N8 Research Partnership universities and the 11 police forces across the north, representing a sustained commitment to advancing policing research and practice. 

This will be the third phase of N8 PRP, which was established in 2013 as a platform for collaboration between universities, police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners, government and other partners working in policing policy, governance and practice.

This new phase will build on the significant successes of the past two phases, increasing support for knowledge exchange and collaborative research. Major changes include the creation of a Northern Evidence Based Policing Hub which aims to drive transformational change in evidence-based policing.

Dr Annette Bramley, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, commented;

“It’s wonderful to see the partners’ continued commitment to N8 PRP. This new phase will deepen existing partnerships and go further to support collaborations that will have a real impact on policing policy and practice across the North of England and beyond.”

New Policing Co-Director Sought

As N8 PRP transitions to its new phase, it is also inviting applications for a new Policing Co-Director. Applications from senior officers (Superintendent or above) from one of N8 PRP’s partner forces are encouraged to apply for the role to provide leadership, strategic direction, and foster collaboration with key stakeholders. The deadline for applications is 2 September 2024.

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine of Merseyside Police, who has held the position of Policing Co-Director since its inception in 2020, is set to retire. Along with her legacy of leadership, she leaves the opportunity for a senior police officer from one of N8 PRP’s partner forces to lead on the project alongside N8 PRP’s Academic Co-Director, Professor Geoff Pearson – Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, and the Steering Group.

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine commented:

“It’s been a privilege over the past four years to work with colleagues across policing and academia to help further the cause of evidence-based policing. N8 PRP plays a vital role in enabling police and academics to collaborate and learn from each other, with the shared goal of improving policing for our communities. I would encourage my colleagues across the 11 partner forces to apply for this highly rewarding role and take the opportunity to help shape the future of policing.”

The N8 PRP remains committed to bridging the gap between academic research and policing practice, ensuring that communities benefit from the most effective, evidence-based policing strategies.

For more information about the role and details on how to apply, please click to download the N8 PRP Policing Co-Director Advert and Job Description.