About PEG

The Policing and Evidence Group (PEG) is dedicated to identifying how research can inform, engage with and challenge practice within policing and the criminal justice system more widely. We are an inter-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Exeter, consisting of those with expertise in criminology, law, public health, psychology, and sociology.

Our current research partnerships include:

  • ExPERT: The Exeter Policing, Evidence, and Research Translation Project is a strategic alliance between the Devon and Cornwall Police force, the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and a cross-disciplinary group of staff members at the University of Exeter. Funded by the College of Policing and HEFCE, the project aims to develop and sustain capacity amongst police officers and staff for evidence-based practice, to do research that is relevant to the realities of policing and accelerates evidence-based approaches, and to improve collaborations between the police and academia.
  • #RU2Drunk: Research on an initiative where door staff of licenced premises breathalyse patrons upon entry, with an aim to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder in the evening and night time economy (ENTE), as well as increase positive perceptions of the public safety in the ENTE.  Currently, research on #RU2Drunk is taking place in Dorset with funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant and with support of the Dorset Police and local businesses. This research follows a successful 2014 pilot study of the intiaitive in Devon and Cornwall.  
  • Taser in policing: This ESRC/SWDTC funded doctoral research project aims to use mixed methods research to enhance our understanding of the controversial electric-shock weapon the ‘Taser’ in UK policing, working alongside a range of stakeholders including various UK police forces, the NPCC and civil society, and highlighting areas where change, be it theoretical, methodological or practical, would be beneficial.
  • Lethal force: Legal and political analysis of Article 2 (the Right to Life) of the European Convention on Human Rights has sought to clarify the obligations on European police forces.
  • Use of Force Reporting: Following a directive from the Home Secretary in 2014, the NPCC Conflict Management Portfolio and Home Office are undertaking a Use of Force Data Capture Project, so that data capture on police use of force can be undertaken consistently and efficiently.  This ESRC funded project, which ran between 2015 - 2016, enabled the University of Exeter to provide research capacity for the Review, including via a survey into police use of force reporting practices.  Further information about the review can be found at: http://www.npcc.police.uk/FreedomofInformation/Reportsreviewsandresponsestoconsultations.aspx and the results of the survey can be found at http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/uniformed/2016/Use%20of%20Force%20Data%20Report%20Appendix%20A.pdf.