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Will West Midlands Police provide any funding towards my project? 

At this moment in time we are unable to offer any funding, full or part, towards external research projects. 


Will I be allowed into police stations or police sites for visits?

If you are attending a pre-arranged meeting then normal visitor protocols will be followed. 

If you are attending police sites on numerous occasions, or you are attending in order to complete interviews or gather data from systems, then you will have to go through our vetting procedure before you will be allowed access.


I am an overseas student.  Can I work with West Midlands Police?

This will depend on your research. At the current time, we are unable to put overseas students through our vetting process. Therefore we are unable to give the appropriate clearance for access to personal data or site visits.


What types of data can I have?

We will always try to tailor the data to best suit your research project and requirements. Examples of data we can provide are: 

  • Victims, offenders or suspect, person reporting 
  • Offence – classification, time and date, location, MO, outcomes, injuries, decisions (this includes some non-crimes and no crimes) 
  • Command and Control, 999 call details, calls for service to local control rooms
  • Arrest data
  • Officer and staff rostering, attendance and sickness
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
  • Road traffic collisions (locations, injuries, vehicles, road conditions, causations)
  • Vehicle recovery 
  • Drugs intervention programmes (drug tests on persons taken into custody for certain crime types)
  • Stop and Search
  • Forensic Scene Investigation (detailed MO and evidential items)

This list is not exhaustive. If you would like any further information or have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the team.


Will I have access to personal data? 

We will consider granting access to personal data if the research requires it.   It will always be anonymised. Requests for personal data will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Approval for personal data access will also depend upon completing force vetting and governance processes as well as signing appropriate confidentiality documents. The data may only be accessed from within a police building. 


Can I have access to Restricted or Confidential information? 

We will consider granting access to restricted information or data if the research requires it. Requests for restricted data will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Approval for restricted data access will also depend upon completing force vetting and governance processes as well as signing appropriate confidentiality documents. The data may only be accessed from within a police building. We will not be able to offer you access to confidential information. 


Will I be able to have my own access to West Midlands Police systems? 

We will only consider individual access to our systems if the research work will be conducted over a substantial period of time or as part of a long-term partnership. 

We will review requests for access to systems on a case-by-case basis.  Approval for systems access will also depend upon completing force vetting and governance processes as well as signing appropriate confidentiality documents. 

Access to the systems will only be provided from within a police building.


Can I send a survey to officers or staff? How many responses will I get?

Yes, the Academic Research Team will disseminate surveys to staff and officers on your behalf, as long as they do not duplicate current force surveys or previous surveys already recently undertaken. 

Due to operational and work commitments we are unable to guarantee the level of responses you may receive, but we will try to ensure that you obtain a level of participation that provides quality results and findings. 


How long will a decision take to know if my research application has been accepted?

Decisions regarding approval of research projects can take between one to four weeks. If your research requires vetting and other processes to be completed this may take a further four weeks.

Please ensure that when applying you leave sufficient time for us to complete necessary procedures. 


Would WMP want a copy of my dissertation or thesis?

Yes. We will have an interest in the outcome of the research as well as the finished product. 

We reserve the right to request a copy of your final paper before it is published to review the content to ensure it satisfies the needs of the organisation.

Your paper will be kept on file for reference, published on our internal site and potentially used in order to change force policy, processes or behaviour. You may also be asked to present your findings and recommendations at a force meeting or event.