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Police Research Unit (PRU)

The Police Research Unit (PRU) is a centre for research excellence in policing. Members of the PRU provide cutting edge independent research which aims to make evidence-based impacts on policy and practice at local, national and international levels. The PRU also provides opportunities for policing students to engage in cutting edge research.


Visiting academics

Research projects

Exploring International Law Enforcement Information Exchange
Visible Policing: The affective properties of police buildings, images and material culture
The Attitudes, Values and Beliefs of Police Recruits
Volunteering within the Police
Policing in a Time of Contraction and Constraint: Re-imagining the Role and Function of Contemporary Policing

Research in action

Members of the Police Research Unit are involved in important and innovative research on a range of topics.


The PRU welcomes proposals for study at MRes or PhD, as well as enquiries for collaborative ventures.

To contact the Police Research Unit, please contact Professor Andrew Millie.