About Us

Aims and Structure of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research


The main aims of the Institute are:

  • To undertake high quality, independent research of relevance to policing in Scotland;

  • To engage in a range of knowledge exchange activities in order to strengthen the evidence base on which policing policy and practice are developed;

  • To provide a single focus for policing research in Scotland in order to foster the development of national and international links with other researchers, policy makers and practitioners involved in policing research.

The activities of the Institute are structured around three thematic networks: Police-Community Relations, Evidence & Investigation and Police Organization. Each network is headed by an Associate Director who is assisted by a Steering Group comprising university and police representatives. The overall strategic direction and development of the Institute are the responsibility of the Executive Committee who report to a Board of Governance, comprising the Principals of the collaborating institutions and Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary. An Advisory Committee comprises senior national and international figures from the research, policing and public policy communities.