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Research Proposals

This page concentrates on Evidence-Based Policing (EBP), a way of policing which takes into account existing academic research on "what works" and makes use of it by applying it appropriately in operational situations. The force is looking to develop this in the coming months and years and is looking for your help.

Key actions are as follows:

The creation of a knowledge bank within the force. This includes the following actions:

  • The greater use of academic research in robust evaluation
  • Promoting what works
  • Implementing learning from the research programme
  • Sharing relevant information and building relationships with external agencies

The force receives many requests for carrying out academic research from a range of people, primarily from students.

We are interested in receiving requests in the following areas:

  • Understanding, managing and meeting the expectations of the public using the Contact Centre.
  • The changing demographics of Derbyshire and what this means for Derbyshire Constabulary.
  • Foreign national offending - Analysis of the impact of policing foreign nationals within the county.
  • Safer Neighbourhood Policing and meeting communities needs and expectations.
  • Rural crime and identifying effective practice in detecting these offences.
  • Increased victim focus from a communications perspective.
  • Social media, what are the conflicts and benefits with using social media in a policing environment?
  • Mental health in the community and our policing response.  
  • Effective partnership working.  
  • Increased victim focus.
  • Cyber Crime - How to define cyber crime.
  • Modern day slavery.
  • Domestic Violence, risk based approach.
  • Engaging officers and staff in times of austerity.

If you wish to make a research proposal, in the first instance, please fill out the attached form and send it to: Inspector Richard Booth, Service Improvement Manager, Wyatt’s Way, Ripley DE5 3SU. This will then be considered by the Evidence-Based Steering Group.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.