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Theme 1: Investigation, community and vulnerability


Police officer in community

1.26 Community generated victim satisfaction surveys ('User Insight')

Collaboratively developing a new User Insight survey which incorporates feelings and thoughts of the local community. 

Police officer driving car

1.27 Mobile phone use while driving: enforcement and education 

Identifying and informing the creation of educational resources on mobile phone use whilst driving;

Police with man in street

1.28 The impact of police forces and football clubs working together to provide a platform for coaching and mentoring for young people who have received a threat to life notice 

Building on the original pilot to to expand the cohort of young people who have received a Threat to Life notice;

Police car in action

1.29 Fear of terrorism in the UK

This project is designed to assess how to predict the UK public's fear of a terrorist attack.

Police car in action

1.30 Victim (dis)engagement in domestic abuse and rape cases

This project aims to investigate the profile, reasons for, and implications of victim non-engagement with police and criminal justice processes in domestic absue and rape cases.


Police officer on bike

0.01 Putting research evidence into practice using the mystery face procedure

Are current visual identification procedures in the UK evidence based, and what is preventing research findings being translated into practice?

Police officer presenting

1.01 Policing practice, citizen enquiry and solving crime with social media

An exploration of how witnesses are investigating crimes through social media and how this might impact policing practice.

Police officers at house

1.02 Visual identification – what works

This project examined to what extent current eyewitness identification practice is evidence based, and which procedures 'work'.

Police officer at Downing Street

1.04 Forensic markets

An investigation of forensic markets through a systematic review and a series of interviews with the police, the regulatory bodies and forensic science companies.

Police officers on patrol

1.06 Improving investigations through utilising technology, community and psychology 

A multi-methodological project that analysed police use of social media, and what impact citizen enquiry using social media might have on a police investigation.

1.08 Collaborative problem solving for community safety

This project involved PSNI working with the Centre for Policing Research and Learning on the design, delivery and evaluation of a new learning intervention which aims to improve community engagement in target neighbourhood areas.

Police officer model on World Map

1.12 A warm welcome?  Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Networks of Care and Asylum

This pilot project sought to gather the views of a range of professionals (healthcare, social work, police, border agencies) about the care of unaccompanied minors.

Police officer on street

1.25 Virtual Inclusion: Tackling Hate and Extremism in the UK Using Virtual Reality Technology

Developing virtual reality technology educational resources for schools and the wider tackle  hate and extremism.


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