Ground-Breaking Research


UPSI have been responsible for conducting ground-breaking research in areas such as: homicide and major crime investigation; policing gun crime; and new developments in crime analysis.


UPSI win Innovation Award for Social, Cultural or Policy Impact

UPSI win Innovation Award for Social, Cultural or Policy Impact

 
The UPSI is identifying interventions that are evidence based and can be objectively assessed, free from political fad and fashion. It is pushing the boundaries.
— Barbara Wilding, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police

 

Welsh Assembly Government

UPSI to evaluate Welsh Government investment in Community Support Officers across Wales.

The Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) have been awarded a grant to evaluate the impact of an additional 500 Community Support Officers (CSOs) funded by the Welsh Government.  These officers are currently being deployed across police forces in Wales with the objective of increasing community safety and reducing fear of crime.

Over the next 18 months, the UPSI team will assess how far CSOs are a visible presence to the public, how they are being deployed in different communities and to what effect. A key aim will be to evaluate how far this additional investment in police resource is having positive impacts on public confidence and concerns about crime and antisocial behaviour, particularly in Community First areas identified as a priority by the Welsh Government.

 

South Wales Police

Community Policing - Harnessing The Power Of Community Intelligence: An ongoing programme of research to explore the application of community intelligence in the policing of priority areas across South Wales

  

London Borough of Sutton / Police Academy of the Netherlands

Tackling Radicalisation in Dispersed Societies (TaRDiS):  Working in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton and the Police Academy of the Netherlands, UPSI has secured funding from the European Commission to explore how the risks of radicalisation can be reduced. The particular focus of TaRDiS is upon communities where there are no defined population centres or clusters, reflecting how across Europe most activity aimed at preventing violent extremism has tended to be targeted towards particularly 'vulnerable' urban areas.The research aims to develop new community intelligence methods that will enable European authorities to better detect a variety of risks and threats posed by different forms of extremism. In so doing, it builds upon and extends UPSI's established research programme on counter-terrorism policing.

preventing violent extremism has tended to be targeted towards particularly 'vulnerable' urban areas.The research aims to develop new community intelligence methods that will enable European authorities to better detect a variety of risks and threats posed by different forms of extremism. In so doing, it builds upon and extends UPSI's established research programme on counter-terrorism policing.