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07 June 2007
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has opened the Universities’ Police Science Institute.
The Institute is a unique collaboration between South Wales Police, Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan which hosted the visit. The Institute will integrate police research, policy and operations.
The Prince was greeted by the Institute’s Director, Cardiff University Professor Martin Innes, the Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant, South Wales Police Chief Constable Barbara Wilding and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan Professor David Halton. He was also introduced to students and lecturers.
Dedicated to increasing professionalism within the police service, the Institute combines Cardiff University’s outstanding research capabilities, with the University of Glamorgan’s expertise in training, providing exceptionaleducation opportunities for officers.
Professor Innes was able to discuss the role of Cardiff University’s research facility with the Prince. Focussing on providing evidence of the effectiveness of crime fighting measures and the role of policing in society, the facility will undertake research on a many practical issues, including Neighbourhood Policing, the evaluation of new crime solving technologies and the identification of new ways for police to engage effectively with communities.
The Prince also witnessed some of the training provided by the University of Glamorgan, including the opportunity to assist in a scenario involving the forensic examination of a car previously involved in an armed robbery.
Professor Martin Innes said: "At a time when the police are facing increasing demands to provide enhanced levels of security at both the national and neighbourhood levels, the research and training provided by the Universities Police Science Institute will be of immense value. By ensuring that officers are trained to the highest level and that their work is informed by the best research evidence available, the Police Science Institute will help to build a police service fit for the challenges of the 21st Century".
South Wales Police Chief Constable Barbara Wilding said: "This is a special day in the history of UPSI, which is reaching the end of its first academic year. His Royal Highness was fascinated by the course content and the way that Cardiff University’s research is developed by the University of Glamorgan to tailor each course precisely to meet future needs in policing."
Dr Grant said: "The Institute will undertake high-quality, inter-disciplinary research in collaboration with a number of partners. Such research has an essential role to play in providing a sound evidence base for the development of new policing policy and practice. Our aim is to create a Centre of Excellence for academic study in this field and one which will deliver real benefits to society."
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