Lancashire Constabulary hosted its first Evidence Based Champions Event at Hutton on the 21st June.
The event attracted staff from all areas of the Constabulary with an interest in research, learning and development, knowledge transfer and applying this in what they do. There was widespread interest and the morning was filled with enthusiasm, ideas and potential. The event focussed on research conducted by the Evidence Based Group in collaboration with UCLan and other partners in academia, and celebrated research conducted by staff within the organisation in all types of policing areas, and how this has made an impact organisationally and nationally in how we understand and deliver our policing services.
The event was opened with a video from Assistant Chief Constable Bates who is the Constabulary and Regional policing lead on EBP. Following this Lancashire Constabulary’s journey over the last five years in EBP and the development of links with UCLan and other successful collaborations was outlined.
Three case studies of research were presented on various areas; Domestic Abuse and the DASH Risk Assessment by Dr Michelle McManus, Senior Lecturer at UCLan, Game training for Child Interviewing by Detective Inspector Eric Halford and Vulnerability / Using EBP in the workplace by Scott Keay, Senior Intelligence Analyst.
The event hailed the launch of the EBP twitter account @LancsPoliceEBP which aims to interact with our staff and both policing and academic communities internationally to provide a platform for collaboration, communication and knowledge exchange. It also launched the Constabulary EBP internal website, which provides a library of research, CPD learning opportunities, useful links, guidance and support for staff. An external website will be developed over the next few months which UCLan students and staff will be able to access and contribute to.
The event looked to recruit EBP Champions to act as change agents and promote the EBP conversation throughout the Constabulary. The Champions will start to run events like EBP cafes which have already been hugely successful in some areas of the Constabulary, look at the video of the café from East.
Finally, a panel of academics from UCLan and police considered a number of thesis conducted by staff members as part of their academic journey and the first research award was presented, named as the ‘Finnigan Award for Research 2016’ in honour of our Chief Constable. This award was won by Gareth Stubbs for his brilliant thesis titled ‘An examination of the effects of the use of targets in the Police, in ‘Black, Minority and Ethnic’ (BME) candidate selection and recruitment’ which has already made a significant impact nationally.
Overall the feedback and uptake has been extremely positive with comments like “very inspirational and presented extremely professionally” and “really enjoyed the very well presented and agenda content from today’s EBP conference”.
The final thoughts were – talk about it, share your thoughts and ideas about it, and do it!!