Published: 18 July 2016 at 10:00
Nick Alston is named Chair of Policing Institute for the Eastern Region at Anglia Ruskin
Anglia Ruskin University has launched a Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), to work in partnership with police forces and other agencies across the East of England.
Nick Alston CBE, the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is the Chair of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, which will provide academic support including police and public safety related research, knowledge exchange and education aimed at making the region a safer place to live.
The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region will carry out research to help address key issues affecting local communities, from improving responses to domestic abuse to using technology to change how policing is delivered.
Nick Alston said:
The Eastern region forces, which comprise Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and with which Kent is also closely associated, already collaborate in many areas of policing.
Anglia Ruskin’s campuses in Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough offer extensive resources that are well placed to support the further development of this regional collaboration.
Criminal Psychologist Dr Samantha Lundrigan has been appointed as Director of PIER and Anglia Ruskin currently has a 30-strong community of academics actively involved in police-related research.