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Academic Research

The force wants to work with academics and universities to produce research into policing. We are keen to know what works and what doesn’t, with the aim of reducing demand and costs across a wide range of policing areas.

We are committed to understanding problems fully and tackling them through evidence based policing. That is, we want to base our future decisions on how to police our communities on what we know works, discovered via solid, sound research.

We cannot do this alone. To get this research we need to work in partnership with universities and students across a range of subjects. We can provide the practical environment and data for students to analyse our work. However, we need academics with the knowledge and skills in measuring and analysing that data to help us increase our knowledge. This will help us look at our actions objectively to discover what elements of the work we do actually achieve the results we desire.

This is an exciting opportunity for academics to help shape the future of policing across the West Midlands and make a real difference to the communities we serve.

More details about our research opportunities can be found in our University Prospectus 2014/15.

You may also be interested to view our list of proposed research themes and questions for this year. Please note this list is not exhaustive and we welcome other suggestions.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill in one of the application forms below and send to the academic research team.

Please post forms to:

Academic Research Team
1st Floor Aqueous II
West Midlands Police
Lloyd House
Colmore Circus Queensway
B4 6NQ

Queries can be sent via email:

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.