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Discover Our Research

Our interdisciplinary approach to policing research enables us to create collaborative relationships with other universities, the police service and the private sector. As a result, our research is having an impact on UK policing and the criminal justice system.

Discover our research projects...

Police-Immigration Cooperation in UK Domestic Policing

This project documents existing arrangements and practices in the policing of immigration status, and examines the everyday operation of immigration-police cooperation in England under the remit of Operation Nexus. Read more...

Female Detainees in Police Custody

COPR researchers are investigating the experiences of female detainees in police custody. Working with academic colleagues, they have carried out a pilot study investigating the needs and experiences of female detainees. Read more...

Stop and Search Disproportionality

Black and Asian people in the West Midlands are more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. COPR researchers have investigated factors contributing to this disproportionality, utilising stop and search data from West Midlands Police. Read more...

Alcohol Related Incidents in Policing and Healthcare

This project uses data from A&E admissions and West Midlands Police to explore alcohol-related incidents in policing and emergency healthcare. This data is being used to better understand and predict alcohol-related demand in policing and healthcare. Read more...

Factors Affecting Domestic Abuse

COPR researcher Dr Anna Trendl is investigating factors affecting domestic abuse. Her previous projects have explored patterns of domestic abuse and relationships between deprivation and abuse prevalence. Read more...

Fast-and-Frugal Decision Tree for Custody Risk Assessments

COPR researchers Professor Neil Stewart and Dr Edika Quispe-Torreblanca are working with West Midlands Police to design and implement fast and frugal decision trees for improving risk assessments in custody. Read more...

Forensic Property Marking and Public Confidence in Policing

This project evaluated the impact of commercial property marking and other preventive interventions on public confidence and satisfaction with policing of burglary. Read more...

Anti-radicalisation

This project examined the workings of online radicalisation and developed tools for both identifying it and co-ordinating the work of social and policing agencies concerned with responding to it. Read more...

Ethics in the use of Detection Systems

Radio Physics Solutions has developed MiRTLE, the world’s first, high performance, long range low cost, standoff “concealed threat” detection system for the protection of citizens and infrastructure. Read more...

Online Fraud and Victimisation

This project explored online mass-marketing fraud - including how it can be identified, its psychological costs, and the ethical issues raised by its victimology. Read more...

Detecting Manipulated Digital Images 

Visually compelling photographic fakes are increasing. The prevalence of manipulated photos invites an important, yet largely unanswered, question: Can people detect photo forgeries? Read more...

Visualisation of Injuries for Court Presentations

Expert testimony can be difficult to understand by juries, especially medical and pathological evidence. So how can micro-CT scans show 3D animated views of injuries to support expert witness testimony and enhance the jury's understanding of the case? Read more...

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