Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)

SIPR is a strategic collaboration between 14 of Scotland's universities and the Police Service of Scotland, offering a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland.

Latest Additions

Read the latest SIPR Newsletter - June 2020

The June edition of the SIPR Noticeboard is now available here


SIPR PhD Studentships winners announced - 16th June 2020

SIPR are delighted to announce the award of two match-funded PhDs in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University (led by Dr Shane Horgan) and Abertay University (led by Dr Penny Woolnough). These studentships will focus on “The impact of the 2020 pandemic on the police, the public and their relationship” and "Estimation of Risk for Missing Individuals (ERMI): Development of the First Empirical Risk Assessment and Decision Support Tool for Missing Person Investigations".

For more information on the results and the process of selection, please click on the 'more' button below.


The SIPR Annual Report for 2018/19 is available to download!

We are pleased to present the SIPR Annual Report for 2018/19, which includes articles from academics from the consortium universities, as well as Practitioner Fellows, with particular emphasis, this year, on the research being undertaken by the outstanding PhD Students and practitioners undertaking Professional Doctorates.  


 Addressing the Future Research Challenges in Forensics: Awards totalling £22,800

Following  Review of Applications we are pleased to announce Awards for the following projects: 

  • Dr Lynne Kelly, University of Dundee & Dr Sharon Jackson, GCU
    Two MSc studentships to evaluate a new Joint Investigative Interviewing Training (JIIT) programme

  • Dr Alex McIntyre, Edinburgh Napier University
    Formal Evaluation of Evolutionary Facial Composite Systems
  • Dr Penny Haddrill & James Govan, University of Strathclyde 
    Development of a kit for the collection of human DNA evidence in wildlife crime cases in Scotland  


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Recent and current projects

The activities of SIPR are organized around four thematic networks. Please follow the links to view a range of research projects being carried out by SIPR members:

Police-Community Relations

focusing on the relationships between police and different social, cultural and economic communities

Evidence and Investigation

focusing on the role of the police in the recovery, interpretation and effective use of intelligence and evidence in the investigation of crime

Education and Leadership

focusing on the internal dynamics of police organisations, including issues of management, policy and leadership

Public Protection

focusing on research on policing and public protection and links with other bodies to influence policy and practice