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The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI) was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured £2million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieved international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and assessing new solutions to policing problems. The Institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.

The UPSI team has particular expertise and achieved impact in the following areas:

Reassurance and Neighbourhood Policing
Prevent and Counter-Terrorism
Democratic policing
In addition to these areas of expertise, UPSI have been responsible for conducting ground-breaking research in areas such as: homicide and major crime investigation; policing gun crime; and new developments in crime analysis. Barbara Wilding, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police has stated "The UPSI is identifying interventions that are evidence based and can be objectively assessed, free from political fad and fashion. It is pushing the boundaries".

In addition to these areas, we also have particular expertise in the following areas, where ongoing studies are being conducted:

Police homicide investigations, cold case reviews and the impacts upon communities of major crime events such as murders;
The police role in counter-terrorism;
Policing domestic violence and child protection;
Gun crime in the United Kingdom and elsewhere;
Violent youth gangs and crime in inner-city areas;
Spatial analysis of crime data;
Witness Identification

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