Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI)

Evidence for the Art, Craft & Science of Policing

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About


The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI) was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured in excess of £5million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieved international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and assessing new solutions to policing problems. The Institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.

 

Our research programme is organised around six key research themes:

Counter-Terrorism Policing

Behavioural Crime Prevention

Disinformation

Neighbourhood Policing

Digital Behavioural Analytics and Open Source Data

Policing Technologies


 

Expertise

In addition to the above thematic areas, we also have particular expertise in the following research methods, where ongoing studies are being conducted:

  • Police Homicide Investigations;

  • Counter-Terrorism;

  • Violent Crime and Gun Crimes;

  • Neighbourhood Policing;

  • Spatial Analysis;

  • Social Media Analysis;

  • Qualitative Methods;

  • Survey Analysis;

  • Complex Policy Evaluations;

  • Disinformation  

 

Impact

Our work has been instrumental in providing an evidence base to inform national and international policy in a number of areas, including:

  • PREVENT Strategy

  • Home Office Policy on Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Community Intelligence Methodology adopted by both the London Borough of Sutton and South Wales Police forces

  • Automated Facial Recognition in major policing operations

  • Five Countries Ministerial Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism' (on behalf of the governments of UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)

 

Innovation

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Engagement

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Education

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News


Publications


Research Reports

Briefing Papers

Books & Book Chapters

 

Partners


People


 Prof Martin Innes |  Director

Prof Martin Innes | Director

 Dr. Colin Roberts |  Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Colin Roberts | Senior Research Fellow

 Trudy Lowe |  Research Fellow

Trudy Lowe | Research Fellow

 Dr. Helen Innes |  Research Fellow

Dr. Helen Innes | Research Fellow

 Daniel Grinnell |  Research Associate

Daniel Grinnell | Research Associate

 David Rogers |  Research Associate

David Rogers | Research Associate

 Andrew Dawson |  Research Associate

Andrew Dawson | Research Associate

 Bethan Davies |  Research Assistant

Bethan Davies | Research Assistant

 Diyana Dobreva |  Research Assistant

Diyana Dobreva | Research Assistant

 Nauman Aqil |  PhD Student

Nauman Aqil | PhD Student

 Maria Pounara |  PhD Student

Maria Pounara | PhD Student

 Rajeev Gundar |  PhD Student

Rajeev Gundar | PhD Student

 Attilio Grandani |  PhD Student

Attilio Grandani | PhD Student

 Jack Grieg-Midlane |  PhD Student

Jack Grieg-Midlane | PhD Student

 Marnix Eysink Smeets |  PhD Student

Marnix Eysink Smeets | PhD Student

 

Contact


 

Crime & Security Research Institute, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AE

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 870904

Email: upsi@cardiff.ac.uk