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Centre for Policing Research and Learning

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The Centre has an ambitious, innovative and wide-ranging programme of activities involving research, education and knowledge exchange, working collaboratively with police agency partners. The Centre contributes to the work of police agencies as they adapt to a changing policing landscape, with its greater emphasis on evidence-based practice.

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The Centre's work

The Centre creates and uses knowledge to improve policing for the benefit of society. It does this problem-solving research, through informal and formal learning to support continuing professional development; the gaining of degree qualifications and PhD research. The Centre is also concerned with knowledge into practice.

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About the partnership

The Open University Centre for Policing membership is a growing collaboration between 21 police forces and The Open University.

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Get involved

There are many ways to take part in the work of the Centre through our education, research and knowledge into practice programmes.


Annual conference OU Centre for Policing

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning is preparing its Annual Conference for 9-10 October at the Open University, Milton Keynes, on the topic of “Learning from success, near miss and failure”

1st August 2019
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Upcoming Events

Sep 24

Final National Learning Network Event

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:00 to 18:00

City Hall, London

Oct 9

Annual conference OU Centre for Policing

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 11:00 to Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 13:30

Open University Milton Keynes

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