UPSI and Dyfed-Powys Police are helping set up a centre of excellence to improve rural policing with the Police Commissioner saying it will lead to people feeling safer.
Christopher Salmon said rural policing developments have been "neglected" compared with urban policing.
The College of Policing, responsible for the training and development of police officers, has given £44,000 towards setting up the project.
It will work with academics to develop and share best practice with police.
Dyfed-Powys Police and the commissioner will collaborate with the Cardiff-based Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI) and others specialists at Aberystwyth University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David to start a "high-level network to develop new expertise in keeping rural communities safe from crime".
...little attention has been directed to the particular policing needs of people living and working in rural areas”
Christopher Salmon Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commisioner
Mr Salmon said: "The work we do with UPSI and others will lead to people in some of our most isolated areas feeling safer.
"What works in policing in rural areas and communities is an issue that has been neglected by researchers, policy makers and practitioners.