Bridging the gap between Police Practice and Research

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08 July 2014

The Swedish National Police Academy hosted CEPOL’s Research Implementation Symposium Workshop (76/2014) on 10 – 13 June. 24 participants from 19 countries with different professional backgrounds (both practitioners and academics) from police forces around Europe joined the symposium.

The aim of the symposium was to provide a forum for scientists and senior practitioners where insights from academic and professional research could be discussed under methodological and implementation perspectives.

The Stockholm Criminology Symposium, an annual international conference where the latest practices, research, experiences and knowledge is shared, was also held at the same time.

An important part of the Stockholm Criminology Symposium is the Stockholm Prize and a member of its jury, Professor Jerzy Sarnecki, one of Sweden’s most prominent criminologists, visited the Research Implementation Symposium Workshop to talk about the Criminology Symposium and the prize winners. He also talked about the Stockholm Life Course Project and its implications on practice and policy.

Other experts, keynote speakers and topics, included:

  • Ms Barbara Celis, an analyst from Europol – informed the symposium about SOCTA-methodology, Europol, and crime relevant factors.
  • Mr. Amir Rostami, police officer and researcher - talked about how research could be implemented and useful in police operations.
  • Professor Lawrence Sherman, the world’s leading researcher in police science - gave a lecture on evidence-based policing and other important research findings from his career.

Participants were given opportunities to work in syndicates, share experiences and knowledge and to work on group assignments, which they found very relevant. They were also taken on a “Crime walk” through Stockholm; a guided tour by the course manager, Mr. Johan Gunnarsson.

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