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Policing Areas of Research Interest

To help partners understand and solve our challenges, we have published Policing's Areas of Research Interest (ARIs).

Our ARIs capture priority science, technology, analysis and research challenges that, if addressed, will in our view significantly improve policing performance. We have formulated these ARIs through engagement with NPCC Coordination Committees, national enablers delivering science, technology, analysis and research across forces, and our wider partners.

These top-level ARIs are complemented by an emerging set of organisation-specific ARIs that capture domain needs, and include: 

Policing's ARIs will also be found on the dedicated government ARI portal to help support the identification of cross cutting themes of importance across multiple departments. We will review and refresh Policing's ARIs on a yearly basis. We aim to socialise the ARIs widely and want to engage the community to understand views and inform our ambitions based on feedback. We recognise the important role we play in delivering the UK’s science superpower agenda. We will use the ARIs to support UKRI, government and others to align relevant funding opportunities and we will ensure that our priorities echo wider government priorities for investment, as set out in the Integrated Review and the UK Innovation Strategy. We will also run events and challenges around key areas, inviting industry and academia to help develop solutions.

We welcome your engagement with Policing’s ARIs in the following ways: 

  • If you have evidence or plan to carry out research that completely or partly answers one of our ARIs, we invite you to share that with us. 

  • For ongoing research relevant to policing and crime reduction, we encourage you to register your research on the College of Policing’s research projects map. 

  • If you are submitting a funding or grant application that aligns with one of our ARIs, we hope that referencing Policing’s ARIs will help to strengthen your case for the possible public impact of the research. 

  • We will use these ARIs to structure our collaboration and engagement, including with UKRI, and will publish any opportunities for funding on our website