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Dimensions of Police Research, From Borders to Boroughs: A Showcase of Early Career Research

Date: 10th May 2024
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Social Sciences Building S0.20, The University of Warwick

There are few environments and institutions as simultaneously important and reproachful of being studied as custody and the police. Whilst it is vital that we study these spaces, actors, procedures and associated phenomena it is undoubtedly hard to do so. This is especially true on a global scale when we consider facilities like refugee detention centres and the policing of borders.

The advertised day-event, hosted by the University of Warwick on the 10th May 2024, is precluded on this idea that our shared contribution to this area of knowledge is essential to the maintenance of conceptions of justice and transparency which underpin the legitimacy of states and punishment globally

Wed 21 Feb 2024, 12:22

COPR & CJC Seminar: Policing & Trauma

When: Friday 15th September 2023 11:00 - 13:00.
Where: MS.03 Zeeman Building (Maths), University of Warwick / or Microsoft Teams.
Registration Information: Please RSVP for in-person or remote attendance.
If you would like to make Simon aware of any dietary or accessibility requirements, please include this information in your RSVP email.
Event Information: 
You are warmly invited to attend a joint Centre for Operational Police ResearchLink opens in a new window and Criminal Justice CentreLink opens in a new window seminar, discussing perspectives around policing & trauma. It explores the complex emotions in the labour of police officers in the UK and seeks to put academic researchers in conversation with police practitioners.
Questions to be covered in the seminar include: How do police officers navigate emotional boundaries in their work and in their engagements with those they police? And how far are police forces becoming trauma-aware?
This seminar is the first in a series organised as part of the Vulnerable StateLink opens in a new window project and is open to all - please share this invitation far and wide across your networks.


In-person attendees are warmly invited to join us for lunch afterwards (please specify dietary requirements in your RSVP email if attending in person).



  • Dr. Karen Lumsden (University of Aberdeen) & Dr. Alex Black (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Inspector Tony Eustace (West Midlands Police) & Sergeant Matt Manwaring (West Midlands Police).
Tue 29 Aug 2023, 10:07

Does your research connect with policing?

The Centre for Operational Police ResearchLink opens in a new window (COPR) is an interdisciplinary centre which unites researchers from across the University.

COPR will be holding a lunch for all Warwick colleagues interested in or conducting police-related research on Tuesday 18th July 2023 from 12:00 - 14:00 (location TBC).

Wed 05 Jul 2023, 10:51

Ethnographies with the Police: Workshop on Intersectionality and Ethnographic Research

  • When: Friday 7th July 2023
  • Where: Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

This workshop/roundtable brings together a collective of scholars who are actively involved in policing research, with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, and the intricate relationships between humans, animals, and the environment. The event aims to foster a supportive community and provide a platform for researchers who employ embodiment and ethnographic methodologies in their investigative approaches.

Mon 26 Jun 2023, 13:28

Rethinking policing: understanding the institution, embedding change in police practice

When: 11:00 - 14;00 Thursday 15th June 2023

Where: S0.17

In the context both of individual instances of police brutality and malpractice, and evidence of systemic racism and discrimination in the recent Casey Review, public trust and confidence in the UK police is at a historic low.

In this event, we ask how we might understand policing – as an institution, as a ‘culture’, as a set of practices; and how we might seek to effect and embed change in policing practice going forward.

Tue 30 May 2023, 10:46

COPR Funding Opportunity

The Centre for Operational Police Research (COPR) currently has a modest amount of funding available to support Warwick researchers who are conducting interdisciplinary police-related research.
If you're a Warwick researcher and have a small pilot project, workshop, panel discussion, seminar series, impact activity you wish to launch between now and 30th June 2023 and require a small amount of financial support, please contact Professor Jackie Hodgson and Professor Kim Wade. The fund is available to support pump-priming activities such as research assistance for literature reviews, pilot projects, uniting potential collaborators, or co-creation with non-academic stakeholders.
The fund is available to support Warwick researchers at all stages in their career, including PhD students.
If you would like to apply for funding, please email Jackie Hodgson ( and Kim Wade ( with a 1-page (max) outline of your project objectives, description of activities, intended outputs, timeline and brief budget.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 30th April 2023.
The project must be completed and all funds spent by the 30th of June 2023.
This funding opportunity is supported by the Behaviour, Brain & Society GRP.
Wed 05 Apr 2023, 10:57

Book Launch: 'Insecure Guardians:Enforcement, Encounters and Everyday Policing in Postcolonial Karachi' by Zoha Waseem

When: 4pm - 6pm, Wed, 08 Mar '23
Where: Social Sciences, Second Floor, Room S2.09 / Microsoft Teams

On Wednesday 8th March 2023 the CJC will be hosting a book launch to celebrate one of our members Dr. Zoha Waseem and her publication 'Insecure Guardians: Enforcement, Encounters and Everyday Policing in Postcolonial Karachi'.

The discussants for this event will be: Prof. Ana Aliverti, University of Warwick and Dr.Sobia Ahmed Kaker, University of Essex.

The police force is one of the most distrusted institutions in Pakistan, notorious for its corruption and brutality. In both colonial and postcolonial contexts, directives to confront security threats have empowered law enforcement agents, while the lack of adequate reform has upheld institutional weaknesses. This exploration of policing in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital, reveals many colonial continuities. Both civilian and military regimes continue to ensure the suppression of the policed via this institution, itself established to militarily subjugate and exploit in the interests of the ruling class. However, contemporary policing practice is not a simple product of its colonial heritage: it has also evolved to confront new challenges and political realities. Based on extensive fieldwork and around 200 interviews, this ethnographic study reveals a distinctly ‘postcolonial condition of policing’. Mutually reinforcing phenomena of militarisation and informality have been exacerbated by an insecure state that routinely conflates combatting crime, maintaining public order and ensuring national security. This is evident not only in spectacular displays of violence and malpractice, but also in police officers’ routine work. Caught in the middle of the country’s armed conflicts, their encounters with both state and society are a story of insecurity and uncertainty.
Further information:

This will be a hybrid event and we do hope that you can join us.

The event will be held in Room S2.09 and will include a wine reception from 5:30 p.m.

For those of you joining us virtually Click here to join the meeting. Link opens in a new window

Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11:46

Policing, Culture and Community : West Midlands Police As City of Culture Partners

  • Date: Wednesday 14th March 2023
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:00
  • Location: Webinar Online

The benefits of arts and culture in social, civic, health, and economic terms are widely researched, but until now, police forces have seldom engaged with creative endeavours in a sustained and systematic way. In 2019, however, West Midlands Police (WMP) embarked on a unique partnership with the Coventry City of Culture Trust (the Trust) in the delivery of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. This partnership sought to enable officers to engage with arts and culture as a means of building positive community relationships, particularly amongst more vulnerable and seldom heard communities.

In this webinar, we will explore the findings from our research into this partnership, and into the broader potential for police partnerships with artists and creative practitioners outside and beyond the City of Culture. We situate our analysis within the context of a widespread crisis in police legitimacy, considering the ways in which arts-based interventions can offer a democratising space in which mutual perceptions can begin to shift; and exploring the complexities and challenges of these endeavours.

Thu 23 Feb 2023, 10:45

Call for Forces to Participate in New Research

Call for Forces to Participate in New Research

Rebecca Plimmer is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at Warwick University. Rebecca’s research explores the extent to which individual factors, such as officer and suspect demographic’s, behaviour, personality traits, and values, best predict attitudes about violence (e.g., rape and sexual assault/violence against women, racial discrimination, violent ideation) and decision making (i.e., use of force acceptability and reporting). Rebecca is aiming to obtain a sample of over 500 police officers from forces across England and Wales. Her project has received Chief Officer approval from West Mercia and the research is under review at West Midlands and Warwickshire Police. If this research is something you would be interested in taking part in, advertising, or know of any other police forces/contacts who may be interested in take part, please contact Rebecca (

For further information, see here.

Thu 01 Dec 2022, 13:46

Joint CJC and COPR 'Trauma in Policing' Seminar


Where: Room S2.12 (Law School, Social Sciences Building)

Event Information:

This seminar will be a joint effort between the Criminal Justice Centre and the Centre for Operational Police Research (COPR) at Warwick.

It will be focused on Trauma in Policing and will feature two presentations.

The first paper by Karen Lumsden (Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen) and Alex Black (Lecturer, University of Sheffield Hallam) is entitled 'Emotional Labour in policing: qualitative findings on police officer and staff experiences of call handling and death work.

The second presentation will be by Tony Eustace (Inspector leading on Trauma Aware Practice in the Custody environment, West Midlands Police)

Fri 18 Nov 2022, 12:50

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