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The OU Team is responsible to Professor Jean Hartley, who is Academic Director of the OU’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, working already in partnership with 20 UK police forces and agencies on research, education and knowledge exchange to improve policing.

The Open University project team will be made up of academics and practitioners, experienced in undertaking action research to provide implementation support within policing. The team is headed by Dr Denise Martin who is on loan to the OU from a Scottish University, as the Project Academic Director. Dr Martin is supported by a Research Fellow (Richard Harding); a Research Fellow (Dr Loua Khalil), and a Senior Project Manager (Rachel Large). Administrative work is via the Centre for Policing Research and Learning (Anita Aldridge).

The MOPAC team is headed up by Robin Merrett, Head of Operational Oversight. A strategic leader with eleven years experience in the most senior positions in the police service. Having retired from the Police, Robin has been in his role with MOPAC for over four years. The team includes Professor Betsy Stanko, now a Visiting Professor at UCL who has extensive experience working inside policing and promoting innovation. Starting her career in academia, Betsy’s roles as Head of Evidence and Insight at MOPAC, as well as 13 years in the Metropolitan Police place her in a unique position to map change onto current practice.

Lizzie Peters, Collaboration Lead at MOPAC, is an experienced programme manager and consultant, who has worked in public services for over 25 years, predominantly in policing, criminal justice and crime reduction. Lizzie is currently leading a number of collaborative projects at the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). These are predominantly focused on partnerships between policing and academia to build the evidence base for policing, but also include operational projects.


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