Policing structures across the UK have recently undergone the most radical change since the mid-twentieth century. Against this background, the proposed workshop series aims to provide a ‘safe space’ in which the issue of what constitutes the key principles of accountable policing can be debated. 

Two workshops will bring together practitioners, from the police and oversight bodies across the UK, and academic experts who will jointly devise ‘the Principles of Police Accountability’. These Principles are intended to be of practical use to the police and the various oversight bodies, as well as the public, with the final document containing both brief explanations of each Principle and a detailed explanation of their relevance and how best to embed and/or implement them. Bringing together practitioners and academic experts will ensure the Principles are evidence-based and of practical use.

The programme has three overarching aims:

  • To promote dialogue and ensure inter-sectorial knowledge exchange by bringing together practitioners from the police forces and the oversight bodies
  • To ensure inter-jurisdictional learning by bringing together experts from the three models of policing in existence across the UK
  • To foster inter-disciplinary learning through the use of non-policing case studies into accountability and governance.

The programme will not only build on existing research foundations but will take the research agenda in new directions by drawing on academic perspectives from outside the traditional community of police accountability scholarship.  By involving those who are actively researching issues of accountability in fields of health, the environment, the oil industry and financial services, new insights can be generated into how principles of accountability and questions of power relations play out in different contexts. In addition, by including practitioners in the programme, the voices of those involved in the day-to-day operation of accountability relationships and structures, which are too often excluded from the research process, will also be heard.

Programme Team

Dr Genevieve Lennon, University of Strathclyde
Prof. Nick Fyfe, University of Dundee
Paddy Tomkins, Scottish Institute for Policing Research Associate
Miranda Alcock, Scottish Insititute for Policing Research Associate
Fraser Sampson, Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Prof. John McNeill, former Police Investigations and Review Commissioner

Final Report

A final report of the findings will be available at the end of the project. Check back soon.