Staffordshire and Keele were among the successful bidders for a share of a £10m fund to boost links between police and academia.
The successful bid was a joint application by Criminology and Psychology staff at both universities, with the funding shared equally between the two institutions.
The proposal for this bid was collaboration between a variety of higher education, policing and government stakeholders including Staffordshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.
The project involves breaking down barriers between academic knowledge and real policing to make sure that knowledge is tailored to meet the operational needs of the police and develop and deliver evidenced based practice.
The funding will enable Staffordshire University to deliver a number of projects aimed at improving safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults across the county by identifying risk factors and informed, early and proportionate interventions.
The learning and outcomes from projects will then be translated into a toolkit for frontline officers and academic papers & reports to ensure there is an evidence base for ‘what works’.