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Centre for Crime and Policing Seminar and Conference Series

The Centre for Crime and Policing Network seminar series showcases emerging cutting-edge contributions of research staff from across Northumbria University. Each session provides an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing and to reflect on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice. The seminars are informal and designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.  

Now in its fourth year, the series has addressed topics including forensic science, police workforce development, the legal status of expert evidence, the policing of criminal assets, and effective responses to gendered violence. Participants include professional practitioners, academics, students and members of the public.

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Events 22/23

Police perspectives on the Government's Algorithmic Transparency Standard

Dr Marion Oswald

Wednesday 21st September, 5pm-6pm

Dr Marion Oswald, MBE will discuss her joint research exploring the implications for police forces of participation in the Government’s new Algorithmic Transparency Standard. Based on interviews with police personnel and representatives of commercial providers, the research was conducted in parallel to the piloting of the Standard by the Cabinet Office and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The independent report is available at 

Interviewees generally thought that the rewards for the police of a carefully tailored Standard implemented at the right stage of algorithmic development outweighed the risks. Participation in the Standard provides an opportunity for the police to demonstrate the legitimacy of technology use and build earned trust. Dr Oswald will also discuss ways in which legitimate confidentiality concerns could be mitigated, and raise the implications for the police's relationship with commercial technology. providers

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Evaluating the Predictors of Stress and General Well-being in a Police Sample 

Dr Oluwagbenga (Michael) Akinlabi

Wednesday 19th October, 5pm-6pm

Dr Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northumbria University in Newcastle. His seminar addresses the following: Due to the nature of their job, police officers often experience unpredictable, emotionally disturbing, physically exhausting, and stressful working conditions in Nigeria. Socio-legal literature is replete with case studies, anecdotal evidence and research findings attesting to the high rates of stress and stress-related disorders associated with police work. A growing number of these studies provide convincing evidence that the overall well-being of police officers is significantly related to their performance at work. Existing studies have consistently demonstrated that there are two categories of stress in policing. The first category revealed that the nature of police works often exposed police officers to stressors such as exposures to danger, facing unpredictable situations and violent confrontations from the public. The second category of stress experienced by the police involved stress associated with the nature of police organisation, and the associated stressors often include workplace bullying, limited opportunities for promotion or career progressions, difficult rules, unfair regulations, and disagreeable job assignments. In this current study, I empirically assessed the predictors of stress and general well-being in a police sample. This study also considers what current research could contribute to police practice, and the general implication for research and policy making.


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The Risks of Risk Aversion: Trajectories of Automation in Policing

Dr Mehzeb Chowdhury

Wednesday 23rd November, 5pm-6pm

Technology integration into state security apparatuses has prompted questions about the risks of ‘big data’ and its effects on society. Examining the impact of mechanisation, the seminar extrapolates the possible futures of law enforcement in technological societies. Neoliberalism in modern policing, technological determinism, the risk society, abstract systems of trust and legitimacy, and the recent push towards evidence-based practice, are explored to underscore the possible drivers and consequences of modernity. The potential and scope of mechanisation, prominently artificial intelligence (AI) is presented with emphasis on its limitations and vulnerability to abuse by state actors, idealistic expectations surrounding its capacity to reduce or even eliminate human error, racism, sexism, and prejudice from the criminal justice system, as well as the dangers of such technologies augmenting historic and existing fallacies within the same. 

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