Annual Conference 2017


Annual Conference 2017

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

Supported by BT

Date: 29 November 2017
Time: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: BT Auditorium and Customer Showcase, London

We are offering a limited number of places at our pre-conference drinks reception in the BT Tower revolving restaurant. Book now to secure 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 and community partners are facing an unprecedented increase in local demand generated by complex social problems such as mental health related incidents, missing children, homelessness and substance misuse. 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 to protect the vulnerable and to prevent problems escalating, 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 may lack clarity about their respective roles within public service networks, or they find that the system itself forces 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 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.


Time Location
10.00 - 10.15Opening remarks and welcome addressAuditorium
Welcome address from BT
Dr Rick Muir, Director - the Police Foundation
Sir Bill Jeffrey, KCB - Conference Chair
10.15 - 10.50Opening addressAuditorium
Professor Adam Crawford
Director, Leeds Social Sciences Unit, University of Leeds
10.50 - 11.20Auditorium
Ian Hopkins
Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police
11.20 - 11.40 RefreshmentsUpper foyer
11.40 - 12.10Auditorium
Sophie Linden
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
12.10 - 12.40 Auditorium
Will Linden
Acting Director - Violence Reduction Unit
12.40 - 13.40LunchUpper foyer
13.40 - 14.30Break-out sessions I
(running concurrently)
A1/Auditorium/Media Suite
Prof Nick Fyfe, Director - Scottish Institute for Policing Research & Lawrence Marzell, Combined Effect Lead, Serco
Partnership and Prevention: insights into the Scottish experience

David Kelly, Greater Manchester Police
Lessons from place based working: the development of neighbourhood policing teams

ARC, Lincolnshire
Reducing re-offending through multi-agency partnerships
14.30 - 14.45RefreshmentsUpper foyer
14.45 - 15.35Break-out sessions II (running concurrently)Auditorium/Media Suite/A1
Inspector Michael Brown
Collaborative approaches to mental health

Jo Silver, Director of Practice and Sonal Shenai, Heasd of Consultancy, Safe Lives
Whole family approaches to tackling domestic abuse

Brendan O'Brien, Director - Bluelight
Problem solving through effective community engagement
15.35 - 16.05Auditorium
Anna Randle
Director of Public Services, Collaborate CIC
16.05 - 16.40Panel discussionAuditorium
Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Policing Minister; David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire; Christina Marriott, CEO, Revolving Doors; David Spencer, CEO, Police Now; Donna Molloy, Director of Dissemination, Early Intervention Foundation
16.40 - 16.50Closing remarks from the ChairAuditorium
16.50 onwards Drinks and canapes Upper foyer

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