Body Worn Video Steering Group
HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) is contributing to a new initiative to support more effective responses to cutting crime.
The Home Secretary announced a new £10 million Police Knowledge Fund to support education and research collaborations between police forces and higher education institutions.
The fund will be jointly financed by the Home Office and HEFCE, and will be administered by HEFCE via its Catalyst fund. Its scope and aims have been established in partnership with the College of Policing.
The fund will encourage the police to join forces with experts from academic fields such as criminology, economics, neuroscience and computer analytics to better understand why crimes are committed, and to use that evidence to develop new and innovative ways of policing, and more effective responses to crime.
HEFCE’s Chief Executive, Madeleine Atkins, said:
“We are delighted to be working with the Home Office and the College of Policing on the new Police Knowledge Fund. We look forward to helping to establish long-term partnerships between policing and higher education which can deliver a recognised body of knowledge, evidence and expertise on policing and crime reduction, and have the potential to generate innovative solutions.”
After recent calls for increased body worn video research, this funding may be applied to the wearable devices. Notable academics currently involved with academic research of body cameras are previous BWVSG speaker Dr Barak Ariel, and Dr Alex Sutherland who co-authored the highly regarded Rialto study, which is currently being rolled out on a larger scale to test the impact of body worn video.