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

 The Fourth SIPR-Police Scotland Postgraduate Awards - 3 December 2018

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Awards:

BEST PRESENTATION: Kate Thomson (GCU) Understanding and responding to child sexual exploitation in Scotland

BEST POSTER: Richard Kjellgren (University of Stirling) Connecting the dots: using open-source intelligence to map vulnerabilities and exploitation within the off-street sex market


SIPC 2018: Policing and Public Health: opportunities and challenges - 4 December 2018

The Scottish International Policing Conference was held on 4th December  2018 in Edinburgh.  The James Smart Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Nick Crofts.  OUTPUTS FROM THE CONFERENCE ARE NOW AVAILABLE


 Addressing the Future Research Challenges in Forensics: CALL FOR PROJECTS up to £10,000 

The deadline for applications was 25th January.  The applications are now being reviewed and the Awardees will be announced in March. 


 Winners announced - Scottish Justice Fellowships: PhDs into Policy and Practice

FIVE PhD students have become the first recipients of a Scottish Justice Fellowship which will see them turn their theses into research summaries and associated materials for policy makers and practitioners.

We are delighted to announce the Fellows: Emma Forbes, Kirsty Deacon and Annie Crowley (all University of Glasgow), Shane Horgan (University of Edinburgh) and Fern Gillon (University of Strathclyde). The Fellows will be covering topics including cybercrime and security, domestic abuse, imprisonment’s impact on families, early intervention in youth justice, and working with at risk young women.



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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