With police officer numbers falling and the service facing an unparalleled level of demand due to societal changes and the rise of new technology, the police need to keep pace if they are to reduce crime and protect communities. This means that police officers and staff will need to innovate in order to develop solutions to the challenges in their local communities. It also requires innovation to be evaluated so that the police service as a whole can learn and improve, developing and using a stronger evidence base.
The HMIC(FRS) Police Leadership Report 2017 states that ‘in circumstances of increasingly complex and changing demand, police leaders should be open to suggestions from the workforce, and open to what is working well outside the force’ and since its inception in 2016, the Home Office Police Transformation Fund has invested £220 million to fund innovations in policing. One of the core goals of the College of Policing is to ‘develop the research and infrastructure for improving evidence of ‘what works’. Over time, this will ensure that policing practice and standards are based on knowledge, rather than custom and convention’.
About the conference
Our 9th Annual Conference will explore how far we have come in supporting innovation in UK policing and what more needs to be done, both in policy and practice, to ensure that officers are equipped and able to try out new ideas. It will also look at how the police service, alongside its partners can become more evidence-based and learn as a system, generating the collective intelligence required to tackle the many challenges we face.
The conference will include keynote speeches by leading public figures, thinkers and practitioners alongside break-out sessions which will explore practical tools for unlocking innovation and learning in police forces and local communities.
We will hear from Professor Lawrence Sherman on the 20th anniversary of his lecture that launched the ‘Evidence Based Policing’ movement. He will assess the progress over the last two decades and reflect on the relationship between innovation, learning and evidence.
We will also hear from the new Chief Executive of the College of Policing, Mike Cunningham about what the College will do over the next few years to support local innovation and spread learning throughout the police service.
Who should attend?
The conference will bring together police officers from all ranks, Police and Crime Commissioners, academics and representatives from the private and third sectors
Benefits of attending
- For police officers, the conference represents an opportunity to learn more about how to innovate on the frontline, and to hear about successful examples of innovating within large and complex organisations.
- For police leaders, the conference will provide an opportunity to hear about how managers can create an environment that fosters innovation and learning from evidence.
- For academics, the conference is an opportunity to think about how universities and police forces can work together to bridge the gap between research and implementing evidence-based ideas.
- For police partners in the public and private sectors, the conference will be an opportunity to understand how the police service is aiming to unlock innovation and work with others to fight crime and protect communities.
The programme may be subject to change
|Professor Lawrence Sherman KNO, Chair, Cambridge PEP, Institute of Criminology University of Cambridge (CONFIRMED)||Evidence-based policing: a 20 year progress report|
|Mike Cunningham QPM, CEO, College of Policing (CONFIRMED)||Spreading innovation and learning: the role of the College of Policing|
|Geoff Mulgan CBE, Chief Executive, Nesta (CONFIRMED)||Big Mind: how collective intelligence can help the police learn and change|
|Andy Rhodes QPM, Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary (CONFIRMED)||Overcoming risk aversion in policing|
|Break-out sessions will cover:|
|Implementing practical solutions to better understand the problems faced by the police and their partners|
|How to develop and test solutions (implementing evaluations, randomised controlled trials, using the SARA model)|
|New technologies and how they can assist in police innovation|
|Everyday innovation: the role of middle managers, street level practice and communities|