“As part of our vision “To be the best at understanding and responding to our communities’ needs”, South Wales Police has worked in close partnership with UPSI for the last four years to develop evidence based policing approaches to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Through engaging with our communities in new and innovative ways about the issues which matter to them most, we have been able to deliver a service which meets people’s needs. We have achieved important results which include the effective use of intelligence to disrupt localised drug dealing activity. The introduction of other groundbreaking initiatives such as Master classes have helped us to harness our respective operational and academic expertise in order to develop the knowledge and skills of our staff and spread good practice initiatives across the force area.”
— Peter Vaughan , Chief Constable, South Wales Police

Ground-Breaking Research

Since our formal launch in 2007 UPSI at Cardiff University has secured in excess of £5 million of external research funding. The studies conducted have utilized a range of different research methods including:

  • Ethnographic observation;
  • Analysis of quantitative survey data;
  • Interviews.

UPSI have been responsible for conducting ground-breaking research in areas such as:

  • Preventing violent extremism;
  • Open source data analytics,
  • Homicide and major crime investigation;
  • Policing gun crime;
  • Innovation and digital policing;
  • Behavioural crime prevention.

Research Impact

The Universities' Police Science Institute's 10 year research program has been instrumental in providing an evidence base to inform national UK policy in a number of areas, including:

  • Changing Home Office policy for the policing of anti-social behaviour across England and Wales
  • Informing the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy for the UK and overseas
  • Improving the outcomes of South Wales Police's Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
  • Community Intelligence Methodology adopted by both the London Borough of Sutton and South Wales Police forces as well as being used by Victoria Police in Australia, The Police Academy of the Netherlands, Lancashire Constabulary and ten other UK police agencies.


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