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What Works for the Frontline? SEBP annual conference programme revealed

Updated: 24 hours ago

We're excited to release the full programme for our annual conference, "What Works for the Frontline?" taking place in Cambridge on September 11th and 12th - scroll down for the list of speakers and sessions. This year's conference is a unique collaboration with the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology, merging our respective summer events into a single, impactful gathering.

The comprehensive programme promises to equip attendees with actionable insights and strategies to enhance their frontline policing efforts. Key highlights include:

  • International perspectives: Learn from evidence-based policing practices in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, exploring potential applications in the UK.

  • Innovative technologies: Discover the potential of video response in handling non-emergency calls through a randomised controlled trial.

  • Violence prevention: Examine effective approaches to tackling violence against women and girls, including disrupting predatory behaviour in the nighttime economy and using sexual risk orders.

  • Diversion and prevention: Explore best practices in police diversion programmes and the role of interventions in hospital settings.

  • Cybercrime and fraud: Gain insights into evidence-based approaches to cybercrime from the National Cyber Crime Unit and learn how big data can be leveraged to target fraud victimisation.

This landmark collaboration between SEBP and the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology signifies a united front in promoting evidence-based policing. By bringing together diverse stakeholders, the conference aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, ensuring that frontline policing is informed by the latest evidence and best practices.

As ever, we have limited capacity, so book your ticket before they sell out:

Day 1 - Wednesday 11th September 2024





Registration with tea and coffee


Welcome and introductions

Alex Murray, SEBP Chair & Peter Neyroud, University of Cambridge


Three insights from evidence-based policing in Australia and New Zealand: (1) Procedural justice and police-to-court bail compliance: a behavioural science approach (NZ Police) (2) Operation Capesso: a focused deterrence program (Victoria Police) (3) Nudging repeat offenders: a field experiment (Queensland Police)

Simon Williams, KPMG Australia


Enhanced Video Response (EVR): Responding to non-emergency calls for service by video – a randomised controlled trial

Amanda Pearson & Stewart Gates, Dorset Police


Home Office evaluation into the implementation of Right Care, Right Person

Olivia Hambly, Home Office


Break with tea and coffee


Everyone, everywhere, all at once

Nick Dale, CGI


Morphing street craft into evidence-based policing

Jason Roach, University of Huddersfield




The notable interventions – from innovation to what works for the frontline

Nerys Thomas, College of Policing


Three approaches to tackling violence against women and girls: (1) A study into public crime space in Sutton (2) Disrupting predatory behaviour in the nighttime economy (3) Tracking, testing, and targeting sexual risk orders

(1) Abu Ullah, Brent Council (2) Tina Wallace, Thames Valley Police (3) Dan Whitten, Met Police (Chair) Nick Dean, Cambridgeshire Constabulary


Moving from evidence-based policing to evidence-based oversight

Paul Dawson, MOPAC


Break with tea and coffee


Mindset and methodology – advancing behaviour change and research in the Met Police

Liz Ward, Kent McFadzien & Eleanor Prince, Met Police


Breakout sessions: (1) How to start an SEBP and embed in policing (2) The Coppers Nose Project (3) Developing data science in MOPAC – the future of evidence-based oversight

(1) Benny Maelberg, Swedish Police & Simon Williams, KPMG Australia; (Chair) Peter Neyroud (2) Emily Quin, University of Cambridge; (Chair) Neil Ralph (3) Anthony DuGuay, MOPAC; (Chair) Alex Murray


Drinks reception and dinner (served at 19:30), St John’s College

Day 2 - Thursday 12th September 2024





Tea and coffee


Welcome and introductions

Neil Ralph, SEBP Vice Chair


A message from our new Chief Operating Officer

Matt Bland, SEBP COO


Doing diversion effectively

Stevie-Jade Harvey, Youth Endowment Fund; Sarah Carlsen-Browne, Devon & Cornwall Police; Claire Ely, Centre for Justice Innovation (Chair) Peter Neyroud, University of Cambridge


Knife/gun crime prevention activity in hospitals

Katherine Bradley, Met Police


Break with tea and coffee


Evidence-based, not technology-based - approaches to AI

Alex Murray, SEBP Chair & Jacob Verrey, University of Cambridge


Lockbit, behavioural science and evidence-based policing in cyber

Paul Foster, National Cyber Crime Unit


Targeting fraud victimisation with big data

Rich Sinclair, City of London Police


Closing comments

Alex Murray, SEBP Chair


Conference ends; grab-and-go lunch bags available

If you're interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact to find out about the different ways you can get involved.


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