The Centre for Crime and Offending Prevention and Engagement (COPE) contributes to the following areas:
- The understanding of victimisation risk and crime harm which has informed crime reduction strategies and initiatives at an international, national and local level
- The transformation agenda for change in the Criminal Justice System through the development of new knowledge that is co-constructed with those who offend, in order to change lives, influence policy, and innovate criminal justice practice
- Enhancing the evidence base around community engagement in order to enable police forces and their partner organisations to more effectively involve local citizens in helping prevent crime.
A number of Research Groups are associated with COPE:
The Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) was set up in 2007 to build upon the collaborative relationship between ongoing research within the Psychology Division at NTU and HMP Whatton. HMP Whatton is one of the largest prisons in Europe, housing approximately 840 prisoners who have all been convicted of a sexual offence: the prison houses predominantly male prisoners with a small population of transgender prisoners.
SOCAMRU’s primary aim is to conduct and facilitate applied forensic research in the area of sexual crime, with the unit sitting at the juxtaposition between the domain of prison, police and criminal justice practitioners and that of academia.
SOCAMRU has continued to broaden its focus and develop new collaborations and working relationships; members of SOCAMRU work with prison management, forensic and clinical psychologists, police and probation services within HMP Stafford, HMP Ryehill, HMP Grendon, HMP Nottingham, HMP Lowdham Grange, Rampton High Secure hospital and HMP Whitemoor. SOCAMRU also collaborates with a number of charities and public-sector organisations, including the NSPCC, NAPAC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the Corbett Network for Prisoner Reintegration, Nottinghamshire police and probation
Quantitative and Spatial Criminology (QSC) Research Group
Our research identifies the individual, household and area characteristics that shape your risk of being a victim of crime.
The research knowledge we have generated directly informs crime reduction policy and initiatives.
Recent research has focused upon:
- The international crime drop and the role of security in reducing crime (vehicle theft, domestic burglary, and non-domestic violence);
- Crime inequalities and victimisation;
- Estimating shop theft levels and understanding prolific shop theft offenders motivation and perception of security;
- Violence in the night-time economy;
- Anti-social behaviour perception, experience, reporting and impact on quality of life;
- Community engagement profiles across all neighbourhoods in England;
- Classifying problematic hand car washes and their location (in conjunction with Nottingham Business School and Nottingham Civic Exchange).
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