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University partnership leads to better policing

Warwickshire Police

Aston University has been working with Warwickshire Police to improve its community policing initiatives.

Warwickshire Police entered a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston Business School after national policy makers issued advice to police forces to develop their contact management services. These directives, coupled with increasing pressures on police forces to reduce costs were key drivers behind establishing the partnership.

The project, assessed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) as “very good” will make it eligible for entry into the National KTP Awards. It has improved organisational processes in police control rooms across Warwickshire, increased efficiency in the delivery of essential services through a review of internal communication methods, as well financial savings. The project has also helped to enhance the community’s confidence in their local police force. 

Superintendent Adrian McGee, who is the Head of Incident Resolution for Warwickshire Police commented: ‘Partnering with leading academics in the field of Work & Organisational Psychology has helped us to meet our responsibilities more efficiently. This has helped the force’s mission of redelivering the most protection from harm with the resources available. The partnership has enabled us to design and implement sustainable systems for the future of Warwickshire Police.’

The academic team, Dr Judy Scully and Professor Duncan Shaw, echoed similar sentiments. Dr Judy Scully said: ‘This project provided a great opportunity to turn evidence based research into local knowledge that will contribute towards the effectiveness and efficiency of Warwickshire Police.’

The project, part of the collaborate EREBUS (Engaging Research for Business Transformation) partnership, involved Aston University, University of Warwick and University of Birmingham.

The partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. These aim to help businesses and organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills in the UK.

For further information on this project and to discover more about working in partnership with Aston University contact Emma Sutton in the Business Partnership Unit on 0121 204 4542 or e.sutton@aston.ac.uk

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