Annual Conference 2017


Annual Conference 2017

Networked Policing: effective collaboration between the police, partners and communities

Date: 29 November 2017
Time: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase, London
The first 50 delegates will secure a place at our reception in the BT Tower revolving restaurant. Book now to reserve your place.

The Police Foundation’s highly successful annual conference is recognised as one of the leading events in the policing calendar and attracts a wide range of experts in the field of criminal justice. As the only independent think tank focused exclusively on policing in the UK, the Foundation provides a unique space for the police, their partners and government to discuss and debate the challenges facing policing today.

This year’s conference

The police service is facing an unprecedented increase in local demand generated by complex social problems. These include, for example, mental health related incidents or missing children, as forces have to ‘pick up the slack’ due to cuts in other public services. Alongside this, we have seen a greater willingness to report previously ‘hidden crimes’ such as child sexual abuse and domestic violence, which are more complex to prevent and investigate.

While it is acknowledged that the police, the wider public sector and citizens need to work together, too often collaboration remains at the margins of mainstream systems or is relegated to woolly language in strategy documents. People are often willing to work together locally but find the systems and organisations in which they operate force them to function in separate silos.

The Police Foundation’s eighth annual conference will look at how the police can work together in a genuinely integrated way, with other agencies and citizens, to prevent crime and solve complex problems holistically. It will present some of the best and most innovative examples of integrated place-based working from around the UK and discuss how public service systems as a whole need to change if they are to address the more complex times in which we live.

Why attend?

  • Pause and reflect: discuss concerns and ideas with colleagues, partners in the wider public sector and experts in the field.
  • Take back fresh ideas: learn about some of the best and most innovative examples of integrated place based working and how they have improved public safety and reduced crime.
  • Understand the wider picture: get an overview of how public service systems operate and the police service’s role within it.

Gain insight into

  • what a truly integrated public service frontline could look like;
  • how barriers to information sharing between agencies could be overcome;
  • how professional accountability can be balanced with the freedom to ‘think outside the box’;
  • how leaders and managers can break down professional silos;
  • how neighbourhood policing can help tackle complex harm, and
  • the role the general public must play in collaborative networks.


The event will be chaired by Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB and speakers include:

  • Professor Adam Crawford, Director, Leeds Social Sciences Unit, University of Leeds (Confirmed)
  • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, MOPAC (Confirmed)
  • Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police (Invited)
  • Will Linden, Acting Director, Violence Reduction Unit (Confirmed)
  • Anna Randle, Director of Public Services, Collaborate CIC (Confirmed)

Break-out sessions:

  • Partnership and prevention: insights into the Scottish experience – Professor Nick Fyfe, Director, Scottish Institute for Policing (Confirmed)
  • Collaboration around mental health
  • Multi agency approaches to tackling child sexual exploitation and modern slavery
  • Lessons from place-based working: the development of integrated neighbourhood teams – David Kelly, Greater Manchester Police (Confirmed)
  • Whole system offender management
  • Problem solving through effective community engagement – Brendan O`Brien, Bluelight (Confirmed)

What previous conference attendees have said

“Events like this are really useful to pause and recalibrate before tackling the challenges of the future” Charlie Hall, former Assistant Chief Constable, Norfolk Constabulary

“The Police Foundation understands what makes for a first class conference. The subject matter, range and calibre of speakers, opportunities built into the programme for networking, topped off with an inspiring venue and generous hospitality simply speaks for itself” Spencer Hunt, Head of Safer & Stronger Communities, North East Lincolnshire

“This was an excellent conference that prompted me to think about aspects of policing that I would not have considered otherwise. A day well spent!” Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, Past National Deputy Secretary, Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales

“Excellent content, and excellent venue and networking opportunities” Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

The Police Foundation: Annual Conference 2017 (Early Bird Tickets)
BT, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ, United Kingdom
29/11/2017 9:30 am
29/11/2017 5:00 pm