Canterbury Centre for Policing Research


The Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) conducts high quality applied research that aims to involve and advise policing professionals.

Our strategic plan

The Centre was established in June 2016. Between 2019-2024 our objectives are to:

  1. Conduct research on police subjects of strategic importance
  2. Translate research findings into outputs that are operationally useful for practitioners
  3. Increase our successful funding bids over the next 3 to 5 years
  4. Increase the number of postgraduate students researching police subjects using a range of interdisciplinary subject areas. This includes introducing a professional Doctorate by portfolio within the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing

The objectives will include development through the university’s growing application of HYDRA for both research and teaching purposes. In line with the university’s Strategic Plan for Research and Enterprise HYDRA offers a dynamic and responsive environment for research and learning. This will assist with developing collaborative, interdisciplinary research and the application of research findings in the wider social context.

Research will be integrated within our teaching at all levels of the curriculum. This will include the research conducted by our post graduate community within the School. 

The CCPR will expand on the already strong links held with a number of police services and stakeholders in England and Wales, continuing to communicate and help implement research findings within them. The CCPR activities will be communicated through the university and School website, social media, the School research and enterprise newsletter, the annual research conference, the constitution of an advisory board and through alignment with the university’s learning and research strategies.

The CCPR key areas of expertise are in the following areas:

  • Police Professionalism
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cyber Crime
  • Vulnerability and Risk