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Policing, Culture and Community: WM Police as City of Culture Partners

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How can the police use City of Culture as a platform to engage the public and improve public perceptions of policing, whilst simultaneously helping to manage crime and protect event attendees?

West Midlands Police (WMP) is a principal partner of the City of Culture Trust in the delivery of Coventry City of Culture. In addition to the obvious community safety aspects of running a city-based cultural mega event (from policing large audiences, to licensing venues and outdoor spaces), collaboration is underpinned by numerous shared values and objectives around community engagement, public safety and protecting vulnerable populations.

The project seeks to understand the potential for police partnerships around arts and culture to have a positive impact on crime reduction and the protection of vulnerable people, on increasing diversity in recruitment, and on police relationships with young people and seldom heard communities.

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About the team
  • Professor Jackie Hodgson: Jackie is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Law. She established the Criminal Justice Centre and the cross-faculty Centre for Operational Police Research (COPR), which she co-directs. Jackie is also the University lead on research around City of Culture and works closely with colleagues leading on public engagement and monitoring and evaluation. Jackie has worked with police forces on a variety of policing issues, including working with Professor Neil Stewart on a study of public confidence in, and victim satisfaction with, policing. Her research also focuses on the area of European and comparative criminal justice. Jackie's recently published monograph "The Metamorphosis of Criminal Justice" (2020, New York: OUP) analyses decades of legal and political change, contrasting domestic and European drivers within British and French criminal justice, evaluating how procedural models are able to influence, structure or limit reform. Adopting a comparative empirical and policy lens, she questions the extent to which modern criminal justice systems continue to reflect core values of the adversarial and inquisitorial traditions, or whether concerns with managerialism, efficiency and securitisation prevail, producing a kind of facsimile of justice and fair trial.
  • Professor Neil Stewart: Neil is a Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School (WBS). He has worked with police forces on a variety of policing issues, including working with Professor Jackie Hodgson on a study of public confidence in, and victim satisfaction with, policing. Neil works in the field of behavioural and economic science and applies this research to problems in the real world. His research includes consumer decision making using credit card transaction data, criminal behaviour and mathematical model of consumer decision making. He employes a mixture of laboratory experiments, field experiments, and data science techniques applied to large data sets.

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