Welcome to InSPEC

A new SIPR publication series created specifically for student, postgraduate, and early career researchers within the field of policing research.

This series aims to provide the opportunity to any student, postgraduate, or postdoctoral researcher working within policing research, to publish and share their research findings and insights - even if their research is not yet complete. We particularly welcome those who may have little to no publication experience and may, as yet, be unpublished.

InSPEC is highly supportive experience where you will work with the Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager, your current academic supervisor, and a peer reviewer/ mentor from within the SIPR network, to develop a high-quality report ready for publication on the SIPR website.

If you would like to submit an idea, a paper, or just to discuss further, please don't hesitate to contact Monica Boyle, the SIPR Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager.

Issue 1 - May 2020

The symbolic dimension of rural policing and confidence in Police Scotland.

Luis Alberto Reyes FigueroaPhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Luis has an academic background in International Relations, Economics and Policy, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. His PhD at Edinburgh Law School examins “Public Confidence in Policing in  Monterrey Metropolitan Neighbourhoods: the paths of effectiveness, fairness and Legitimacy to gain Public Confidence and Support for the Police".

This paper presents findings from his Masters research, also conducted at the University of Edinburgh, which explored the ways in which people's experiences of crime and policing influences their confidence in the police in a rural area of Scotland. This research discusses the perspectives of residents of rural Scotland engendered by centralisation of Scottish Police, and the subsequent challenges within enhance public confidence in these areas.