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Policing, Culture and Community: Building Trust Through Arts Collaboration

Our research explores the potentials and challenges afforded by arts and culture as a medium for building public trust and confidence in policing.  

In the context of a widespread crisis in police legitimacy, we consider the ways in which arts-based interventions can offer a democratising space in which mutual perceptions can begin to shift; and we explore the complexities and challenges of these endeavours, particularly for more marginalised and seldom-heard communities. 

Our full report into arts-based police-community engagement at Coventry City of Culture 2021 is now available.Link opens in a new window

We’re building further on this research in the coming months: evaluating an outreach programme led by WMP and Ernst and Young for young people at risk of school exclusion and/or involvement in criminal activity; and collaborating with the Belgrade Theatre to produce a performance piece based on the findings from our research around young people’s experiences of policing in Coventry. 

This project is led by:

Professor Jacqueline HodgsonLink opens in a new window is Professor of Law and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Warwick. Her work focuses on how the criminal justice process operates in practice in the UK and Europe.

Dr Rachel LewisLink opens in a new window is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Law at Warwick University. She works at the intersections between Law, Sociology, and Applied Linguistics, and is currently researching policing and the arts

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Belgrade Theatre Project