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 SIPR International Policing Conference is now open for registrations!

This year's conference will take place on Tuesday 10th December in Edinburgh, and is centred around Digital Policing and the ethical challenges relating to this. We have two fantastic keynote speakers. Mr Stephen Kavanagh (former Chief Constable of Essex Police and former Senior Reporting Officer on Digital Policing) will deliver this year's James Smart Memorial Lecture. Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou (University of Essex scholar specilising in the ethical and human rights implications in developments in policing and member of the Independent Digital Ethics Policing Panel) will deliver the inaugural Professor Nick Fyfe Lecture. Register at eventbrite or for more information see our news and events section.

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.  

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 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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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

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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