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Research Groups and Societies

COPP (Colonial and Postcolonial Policing Group)
Hosted by The Open University through its International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research, COPP is a global network of academics, policy-makers and practitioners with a shared interest in British colonial and postcolonial policing and its legacy.

Police History Society
The Police History Society was founded in 1985 and now has over 350 members world-wide, although most are in the U.K. They include serving and retired members of police forces, academics, librarians, writers, police forces and police related museums and people from many occupations who have an interest in police history.

CESDIP (Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur le Droit et les Institutions Penales)

GERN (Groupe Européen de Recherche sur les Normativités)

IHESI (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité Intérieure)

International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice
The International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice was established in 1978. The founders intended that it should encourage the study of the history of crime and criminal justice in the widest sense.

Friends of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection
The Friends is a group of like minded people seeking to promote and preserve the history of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and its service to London since 1829. It is an independent community group that works alongside the staff of the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection.

Scottish Policing History
A network on 'Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present', funded by the Royal Society of Ediburgh, which aims to provide a forum for historians and other researchers to engage with police and criminal justice practitioners in Scotland.

Resources for research:

Old Bailey Online
A collaboration between The Open University and the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield, this site hosts a range of resources on criminal justice from the mid seventeenth century to the outbreak of World War One. Most notably, it contains a fully searchable edition of the Old Bailey Proceedings (1674-1913), but also a digitised collection of the Ordinary's Accounts (1676-1690 and 1740-1760) and a useful bibliography for the study of the history of crime and punishment in London.

Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
Based at Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, the Galleries of Justice Museum is an interactive museum displaying a range of artefacts related to crime, justice and punishment in the county.

CaP (Crime and Punishment Collections Network)
A network of museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites concerned with the topic of crime and punishment.


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