Policing Innovation Forum
The Policing Innovation Forum constitutes a dynamic ‘engine’ of innovation at the heart of the overall programme that brings together key policing and academic partners along with wider stakeholders to identify key research areas, stimulate knowledge exchange and drive innovation.
In 2020 and 2021, the Innovation Forum looked at how to build effective partnerships in policing. In 2020, to mark the end of the Catalyst-funded phase of N8 PRP, the event showcased collaborative research that had been supported by the partnership and further projects that this had produced. In 2021, the Forum took place over three days with events on ‘what works in police partnerships’, case studies on partnership working to tackle cybercrime, and police-public health partnerships.
Effective Police Partnerships
Vulnerability & Partnerships
In 2018 and 2019, the Innovation Forum took on two major challenge in contemporary policing: knife crime and mental health. In 2018, role play and workshops were used to discuss the role of police in responding to mental health crises and strategies for multi-agency working. Related Small Grant research includes a report on the consequences of novel psychoactive substances for users and police and a review of a West Yorkshire Police programme that embeds mental health nurses in district police stations. In 2019, the Forum looked at the problem of knife crime, including public approaches and education initiatives. Following these discussions N8 PRP funded Small Grant research into the efficacy of knife crime images in intervention strategies (report due to be published early 2022).
In 2016 and 2017, the Innovation Forum brought together key stakeholders to discuss policing domestic abuse. In 2016 this was discussed in the context of vulnerability, and in 2017 the focus was on early intervention strategies. These events generated a lot of research supported by N8 PRP, including innovation in domestic abuse, the use of body-worn cameras at domestic abuse incidents, how interviews can identify and manage manipulative presentation techniques in coercive control cases, and police responses to coercive control.
In 2015, the inaugural Policing Innovation Forum focused on the challenge of cybercrime. Delegates took part in ‘marketplace discussions’ on key areas including ‘virtual patrol’, business engagement, and international challenges. Subsequent research investigated how to effectively police cryptocurrency, and the investigative use of emergent technologies. One report considered how to realise the potential of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), and another project ran a pilot scheme using ANPR to map modern slavery vehicular activity.