Police Knowledge Fund’s new national advisor

Geoff Barry Professor Geoff Berry appointed national advisor to Police Knowledge Fund

9 March 2016

Professor Geoff Berry has been appointed national advisor to the Police Knowledge Fund - a two-year £10m programme that has been jointly funded by the College of Policing and Higher Education Funding Council for England, which has been endorsed by the Home Office. The overall aim is to promote and enhance the What Works Crime Reduction initiative.

What Works Centre for Crime Reduction reviews research on practices and interventions to reduce crime; they label the evidence on interventions in terms of quality, cost, impact, mechanism (why it works), context (where it works) and implementation issues.

The centre provides Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and other crime reduction stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and guidance to help them target their resources more effectively. The centre is led by a core team from the College of Policing and supported by a commissioned partnership programme which has been jointly funded by the College and the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Geoff Berry, Professor in Criminal Justice at the International Policing & Justice Institute, brings significant experience to this new role. He has worked in community safety and criminal justice for over 30 years, and has extensive experience managing major national and international projects in Canada, Australia, the USA and in Eastern Europe.

Commenting on his new appointment Professor Berry said: “I am naturally delighted to be part of this forward-thinking initiative. A key requirement of the research - funded by the programme - is that the findings will directly inform policing policy and practice, and by doing so will help strengthen the links between policing and the academic community."

Professor Berry will be working closely with the project managers, researchers, senior police officers and members of the College of Policing’s research team. He will be offering advice to the project teams and will be considering how best to evaluate the outcomes of individual projects and the programme overall.

He will also assist with certain projects and is keen to ensure that the output of the research projects will have a positive impact on policing policy, operations and practice, and how the findings add to the growing body of academic knowledge.

For more information on the What Works Crime Reduction initiative visit: whatworks.college.police.uk

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