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National Custody Forum 2019

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COPR will be hosting the next National Custody Forum, which will see many police officers and staff visit Warwick campus. The event will take place on the 15th and 16th of May at the Warwick Business School.

You can find out more about the event, including how to register, here.

Wed 27 Mar 2019, 08:12

New Publication: Empirical Approaches to Criminal Procedure

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COPR Director Jackie Hodgson has a new chapter on Empirical Approaches to Criminal Procedure in The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Process.

The recently published chapter was written in collaboration with Yu Mou at the University of London, and focuses on criminal justice in its sociopolitical culture, routine criminal justice practices and the relationship between law and policy.

You can find out more and access the chapter here.

Tue 05 Mar 2019, 08:53

Kim Wade is now Co-Director of COPR

Kim Wade has recently agreed to step up and will now take on the role of Co-Director of COPR. She will take over from Neil Stewart, who will continue to be an active COPR member and researcher at Warwick Business School.

Kim will join Jackie Hodgson in this role, who continues to work hard to keep COPR moving forward.

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Kim's research focuses on memory distortions,and the implications of memory research for legal professionals, including work on eyewitness testimony, the best methods for constructing and adminsitering lineups, and the use of fabricated evidence. As well as being an active researcher, she also works as the Associate Editor at the Legal and Criminological Psychology journal, and as the Executive Director of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. No doubt she will also do a fantastic job as Co-Director of COPR!

You can find out more about Kim's work on her home page, and also on her website.

Mon 14 Jan 2019, 21:16

New Research Project: "Understanding the Experiences of Female Detainees in Police Custody"

COPR researchers Professors Jackie Hodgson and Vanessa Munro in Warwick Law School are investigating the experiences of female detainees in police custody. Working with academic colleagues (Dr Layla Skinns, Sheffield and Dr Roxanna Dehaghani, Cardiff) and Katie Kempen (Chief Executive, Independent Custody Visiting Association), they have carried out a pilot study to investigate the needs and experiences of female detainees and the different ways in which these are met. This has involved speaking to detainees directly, as well as those managing Independent Custody Visiting schemes in five different areas of England and Wales.

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The findings of this preliminary investigation will be presented in the spring in order to gain feedback and suggestions from a range of practitioners and policymakers, including the police themselves, with a view to conducting a larger scale study in collaboration with several police forces.

Mon 14 Jan 2019, 13:26

Final Report on the Impact of Forensic Property Marking on Public Confidence and Crime Reduction

In January 2019, the Centre for Operational Police Research (COPR) released their final report on Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: The Impact of Forensic Property Marking.

2018 Report Cover

The full text can be accessed here:

Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: the Impact of Forensic Property Marking (Final Report)

This project was completed in co-operation with West Mercia Police and assessed a field trial involving over 20,000 households in the Telford area. It evaluated the impact of interventions such as Smartwater to establish whether they are likely to improve public confidence and reduce offending.

The interim report launched in September 2017 discussed the preliminary findings on public confidence in policing. This included the responses from surveys completed by 1,666 Telford residents as well as interviews with police offers, Police Community Support Officers and public offenders. Since then, the COPR team have analysed crime figures from 14 sites treated with commercial property marking. The results are presented in the final report and suggest that such interventions could be beneficial in helping police to reduce crime.

The overall findings are also displayed in the infographic shown below, which is also available to download here:

Infographic from Final Report.

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Fri 04 Jan 2019, 15:27

COPR launches new report on public confidence in policing to police, PCCs and academics

On 25 September 2017, the Centre of Operational Police Research (COPR) launched their interim report on Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: The Impact of Forensic Property Marking. Full text of the interim report may be accessed here:

Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: The Impact of Forensic Property Marking

The project was an independent assessment of a field trial with West Mercia Police involving over 20,000 households across five sites in or near Telford. It evaluated the impact of Smartwater technology and other preventive interventions on public confidence in policing and crime reduction to help establish whether forensic property marking is likely to reduce crime, improve public confidence, and increase victim satisfaction. It included surveying 1666 residents, interviews with senior police officers, Police Community Support Officers and prolific offenders.

Members of COPR were joined by representatives from West Mercia and Warwickshire Police, the Met Police, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, the College of Policing, SmartWater, members of the Society for Evidence Based Policing, as well as colleagues from Sociology, Psychology and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM). Presentations on the report’s preliminary findings were given by Professor Jackie Hodgson, Professor Neil Stewart, Dr Kim Wade and Natalie Kyneswood. Speakers also included Superintendent Tom Harding, who outlined the nature of the property marking interventions and the importance of working with COPR to provide evidence based policing and Dr Frank Pike from the College of Policing who discussed ways of using research to assess and inform the impact of interventions on policing.

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The slides from the launch event are available here:

Slides from Launch Event

The COPR team also produced an infographic highlighting some of their preliminary findings:

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The above infographic is available to download here:

Infographic from Interim Report

The final report, including an analysis of crime data, is forthcoming in 2017.

Further enquiries to n dot s dot kyneswood at warwick dot ac dot uk

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11:17

New report: "Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: The Impact of Forensic Property Marking"

Members of the Centre of Operational Police Research (COPR) at the University of Warwick are launching their interim report on Public Confidence and Crime Reduction: The Impact of Forensic Property Marking on Monday 25 September 2017 at Radcliffe House on Warwick’s main campus: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/conferences/location/
 
The project is an independent assessment of a field trial with West Mercia Police involving over 20,000 households across five sites in or near Telford. It evaluated the impact of forensic property marking and other preventive interventions on public confidence in policing and crime reduction to help establish whether such interventions are likely to reduce crime, improve public confidence, and increase victim satisfaction. The results will enable the COPR team to identify best practice and help West Mercia and Warwickshire police to integrate these new interventions into their practice and policy making, thus establishing a model for other forces to follow.
 
The event starts at 12 noon with a networking lunch in Radcliffe House’s restaurant. At 1.15pm the key researchers on this project, including Professor Jackie Hodgson, Professor Neil Stewart and Dr Kim Wade, will give a presentation of the report’s preliminary findings followed by a discussion. The event closes with a networking coffee at 4.30.
 
Please do join us. This event will be of interest both to practitioners and academics. It is free of charge, including lunch and parking, but space is limited by room size so registration is essential. To register, please email Sandra dot Phillips at warwick dot ac dot uk
 
Please do share this invitation with others interested in crime prevention, SmartWater and acquisitive crime in your organisation.
 

Further enquiries to n dot s dot kyneswood at warwick dot ac dot uk

Wed 13 Sep 2017, 17:23

Kim Wade at ALSO and Latitude Festivals

Kim Wade will present her research on false memory at ALSO Festival, as well as Latitude Festival this summer.

“I will discuss how and why our memories become distorted and the most recent developments in false memory science. You may be surprised to learn how malleable your memory is, but don’t worry, you’ll also discover why memory distortions, often, are a very good thing.”

Mon 26 Jun 2017, 09:27

Westminster Forum event - Crime and policing in London

Crime and policing in London - next steps for crime prevention, addressing key crime trends and improving police performance

Morning, Thursday, 19th October 2017
Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED

This seminar will focus on the future of crime and policing in London.

It is scheduled to discuss priorities for the implementation of London’s recently published Police and Crime Plan - due for publication shortly - which sets out the Mayor’s strategic priorities for making London a safer city.

Planned sessions focus on key challenges and opportunities presented by the Mayor’s proposals to establish “real neighbourhood policing”, looking in particular at how the use of locally set priorities might inform future crime prevention strategy, as well as the impact of the proposed delivery of two dedicated Police Constables in every London ward by the end of 2017.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss latest trends and emerging threats in city-wide crime - including fraud, cyber-crime and terrorism - as well as what will be needed from police, local boroughs, communities and criminal justice partners in tackling high-harm crimes that impact on vulnerable groups - such as violence against women and girls, hate crime and knife crime.

As national Government considers options for reforming the police funding formula and the Capital Cities Grant, further sessions will consider what more the Metropolitan Police can do to improve efficiency and effectiveness in policing at a time of budgetary constraint - looking in particular at options for improving public confidence, and key issues around diversity, skills and the future use of technology.

The conference is expected to bring together key policymakers with frontline stakeholders from across policing, prisons, probation and court services as well as private security companies and service providers, local authorities, community groups, businesses, consultants and commentators.

Book your place at: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/crime-and-policing-London-2017

Wed 21 Jun 2017, 09:48

Divya Sukumar wins Warwick Three Minute Thesis® competition

Congratulations to COPR member Divya Sukumar who won the Warwick Three Minute Thesis® competition during the live final last night (7 June)!

Divya's presentation got the highest score from a panel of specially appointed judges drawn from senior University staff and an external guest judge. She also won the People’s Choice Award from the audience. She now gets the chance to enter the national 3MT competition.

Thu 08 Jun 2017, 15:24

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