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Current Research Projects

Police-Immigration Cooperation in UK Domestic Policing

Academic Team: Ana Aliverti

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. Nexus aims to bring together operational and intelligence capabilities and resources in the police and immigration services to deal effectively with offending by foreign national citizens, reduce costs involved in pursuing them through the criminal justice system, and enhance public security.

Fri 25 Jan 2019, 17:56

Understanding the Experiences of Female Detainees in Police Custody

Academic Team: Jackie Hodgson and Vanessa Munro

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. 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.


Thu 24 Jan 2019, 17:30 | Tags: custody practices

Stop and Search Disproportionality

Academic Team: Lara Vomfell

Black and Asian people living in the West Midlands are up to 4 times more likely to be stopped and searched than White people. We investigate the factors contributing to this disproportionality using stop and search and officer data from the West Midlands Police. As part of our project, we analyzed what happens to estimates of disproportionality as more up-to-date population estimates become available. Furthermore, we are interested in understanding the area and officer characteristics that influence stop decisions.

Wed 23 Jan 2019, 13:37

Alcohol Related Incidents in Policing and Emergency Healthcare

Academic Team: Tim Mullett

This project uses data from the West Midlands Police, as well as Accident and Emergency admissions data from NHS England. This data is being used to better understand and predict alcohol related demand in policing and healthcare services. By analysing patterns of incidents across these services, we can identify the effect of the societal and economic environment so that demand can be better predicted and interventions better targeted. A particular focus of this research is to identify the relationship between the rate of alcohol related incidents and price promotions on alcoholic drinks.

Thu 17 Jan 2019, 17:49

Factors Affecting Domestic Abuse

Academic Team: Anna Trendl

Using crime data provided by the West Midlands Police, COPR researcher Anna Trendl is investigating the factors affecting domestic abuse. Anna's previous projects have explored the temporal and geographical patterns of domestic abuse across the West Midlands and investigated the relationship between deprivation and the prevalence of domesstic abuse. More recently, her work has focused on how international football tournaments (such as the World Cup and European Championship) affect levels of domestic abuse, with a focus on alcohol related incidents. Anna is now also looking at how the media coverage of the me too movement affects the willingness of victims to report historic sexual abuse cases.

Mon 14 Jan 2019, 20:05

Fast-and-Frugal Decision Tree for Custody Risk Assessments

Academic Team: Neil Stewart and Edika Quispe-Torreblanca

This project is funded by the WBS Impact and Dissemination Fund. 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, with the goal of using police resources optimally to reduce harm and deaths in police custody. The second stage of the project is a randomized controlled trial which will compare the decision trees with decision making as usual from custody sergeants.

Mon 14 Jan 2019, 19:42

We Don't Buy Crime

Academic Team: Jackie Hodgson, Kim Wade, Neil Stewart, Kevin Hearty, Natalie Kyneswood, Edika Quispe Torreblanca and Tim Mullett
Police Partners: West Mercia and Warwickshire Police

This project was funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and evaluated the impact of Smartwater technology and other preventive interventions on public confidence in and satisfaction with the policing of burglary.

“As a result of this collaborative research with Warwick University, I can now be more confident that the property marking interventions we rolled out have had a positive effect on reducing domestic burglaries.”

Superintendent Tom Harding, West Mercia Police

The Perfect Cop

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie, Neil Stewart, Kim Wade
Police Partners: 3 Forces
This research project involves three police forces. We are beginning by building up a psychological profile of officers and staff on some key measures: the big five personality measures, risk aversion, trust, integrity, predjudice, resiliance to trauma, and wellbeing. With this, we can explore how officers differ across ranks, time in the force, and role and link to data on arrests, complaints, and injuries.

Incorporation of Technology into Custody (Total Technology Programme)

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
Police Partners: 1 Force
Supporting research for the Total Technology Programme, which is leading a custody system replacement project in one police force. This research project includes a force-wide assessment of demand on the custody system and a development of the borough based simulation of custody activities.
Fri 24 Oct 2014, 11:43 | Tags: custody practices, applications of technology

A Review of the Custody System

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
Police Partners: 1 Force

This research project is investigating several aspects of Custody design: Job design in custody, resource allocation, demand profiling, integration of supporting services, engagement with response and investigating teams, and further the micro-design of Super custody facilities. The research uses the understanding of the Service Value Chain and Satisfaction Mirror Affect to understand these forces.

A Day in the Life

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
Police Partners: TBC

This research project is an ethnographic study of three forces, observing the activities of front line officers and officers operating in strategic roles. The primary aim of this study is to understand the operational use of the National Decision Model (NDM), how discretion is being used, and how this aligns to the objectives cascaded through the force. Secondly, the project aims to examine how this links to the task design and allocation of resources and how these impact on policing efficacy. The academic frameworks being applied are Principal-Agent Theory, Goal Setting Theory, Feedback and Control, and Interdependence Theory.

A Review of The Borough Custody Facility

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
Police Partners: 1 Force
This research project used a multi-method approach, considering the challenges of demand variability and the constraint on staff capacity. The project used simulation techniques to suggest changes to working practice and process design in this high-risk environment.
Fri 24 Oct 2014, 11:37 | Tags: custody practices

A Methodology for Demand Profiling

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
This research project was an independent analysis of how call center demand could be represented against a structure of crime and non-crime categorization. The aim was to develop a methodology for representing the different crime trends in a manner that allowed a comparison between forces, and prior to post intervention crime typing. The methodology employed code categorization, identification of seasonality and further an adaptation of Statistical Process Control Charts.
Fri 24 Oct 2014, 11:36 | Tags: crime reporting methodology

The Affect of Communication Protocol on the Perceptions of Risk in Operational Briefings

Academic Team: Ross Ritchie
Police Partners: 3 Forces
This research project consisted of a series of experiments that sought to understand how changes in the communication protocols in daily briefings affect the perceptions of officers.
Fri 24 Oct 2014, 11:34 | Tags: comunication protocols, pereception of police