Eat and discuss – that was the plan at today’s working lunch for officers, staff and University of Sheffield colleagues at their latest policing research group event.
The event, opened Dr by Adam White, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Sheffield, focused on neighbourhood policing as colleagues shared knowledge, research findings and ideas.
Detective Superintendent Una Jennings was the first speaker, delivering a short talk on the importance of evidence based policing.
Det Supt Jennings, said: “This is our second event with the University of Sheffield Policing Research Group so far this year and we’re hoping to have more later in the year and into the future.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to network, meet policing experts from a different sector and collaborate resources.
“Evidence based policing is so important to the way we work and how we can help to keep the people of South Yorkshire safe.
“While we’re still some way off fully embedding this in to our current ways of working, what’s really positive is that we are learning more and are getting people involved in this highly important conversation.”
Sheffield Superintendent Paul McCurry also delivered a presentation during the lunch, which looked at the engagement aspects of neighbourhood policing and the key role our partners play in this.
Representatives from the University of Sheffield and University of Leeds closed the presentations, talking about community policing within South Yorkshire, before a question and answer session got underway.
Det Supt Jennings, said: “Today’s event was engaging and valuable and it was good to share knowledge and look at how we can implement evidence based policing in to the way we work.
“It’s all about knowing what works and how we can use it. I’m looking forward to future events where we can continue to learn more from each other.”
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