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Academic research

MOPAC’s Evidence and Insight Unit is internationally known and respected for its work. The Unit is comprised of expert researchers and analysts who:

  • produce the data dashboards central to our scrutiny of the police and criminal justice system
  • conduct surveys with Londoners on their views and experiences of policing
  • evaluate MOPAC/MPS pilot projects to determine their effectiveness
  • carry out in-depth research to inform our work and that of the profession of policing as a whole, on topics including confidence in policing, crime trends and reoffending
  • collaborate with other researchers in the UK and around the world to build the evidence base of what works in policing and improve the sharing of knowledge

Some of the work carried out by the Evidence and Insight Unit is available below. 

Academic Partnerships

The Institute for Global City Policing

MOPAC, working with the MPS and University College London, are to open the world's first academic institute focused on meeting the challenges of policing global cities. The Institute will bring together the world’s leading experts in policing and crime research and offer unprecedented access to the Met’s crime and policing data.

Its work programme will be agreed jointly by MOPAC, the Met, and university partners, in consultation with an international advisory group.  It is expected to focus on complex challenges unique to large and rapidly growing global cities from police tactics to organised criminal networks, gangs, counter-terrorism, and cyber-crime.

Global Policing Database

Sixty-five years of policing research from around the world is being brought together in one ground-breaking resource developed in partnership by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), the College of Policing and the University of Queensland.

The world’s first Global Policing Database is a searchable online bank of information for practitioners and academics. The available research covers the entire spectrum of policing and community safety analysis.



Our reports are listed below, organised by the year they were published.


Youth Voice Survey

Published in January 2019, this is the analysis of findings from a survey of 7832 young Londoners aged 11-16 about crime and safety issues that affect them. Fieldwork was conducted between 7th March - 8th May 2018, with the link to the survey disseminated by MPS Safer Schools Officers.



Developing an evidence-based police degree-holder entry programme

The College of Policing launched a consultation in 2016 on plans to require all police recruits to hold a policing qualification at degree level. The plans were agreed in 2017 as part of the College’s PEQF with the expectation that the degree requirement would take effect from 2020.

The aim of the project reported here,funded by the Home Office Innovation Programme, was to contribute to an evidence-informed dialogue about the nature, quality and purpose of police education.MOPAC led this collaborative project,working with the Metropolitan Police Service and other forces nationally, the College of Policing, two universities and Police Now.


The Persistent Offender Programme (previously known as Gripping the Offender)

This pilot explored a new joined up approach to persistent repeat offenders in London between February 2016 and September 2018.


GPS tagging pilot

This pilot is implementing and evaluating the use of GPS tags with offenders in London and is due to continue until March 2019.


Police Now Cohort 1: Final Evaluation Report

We have completed a large-scale two-year evaluation, explicitly focussing upon the first cohort of the Police Now Graduate Leadership Development Programme, with a priority to achieve a balanced, independent and factual report. The research used a longitudinal mixed-methods approach to explore both the processes and indicative impact of the Police Now programme. 


Harmful Practices Pilot - Final Evaluation Report

The pilot aims to improve the way agencies identify and respond to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), ‘Honour’ Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM), and Faith Based Abuse (FBA), with a focus on early identification and prevention, safeguarding and support, and community engagement.


Group Violence Intervention London - Evaluation

Between June 2015 and March 2016, Shield - an adaptation of the US Group Violence Intervention model - was piloted in three London Boroughs - Lambeth, Westminster and Haringey. This report presents learning from the evaluation covering performance, process (i.e. implementation challenges and benefits), and impact.


Disproportionality in Misconduct Cases in the MPS

MOPAC's Evidence and Insight team were approached by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to undertake research into misconduct cases. The main objectives were to determine the extent to which ethnic disproportionality featured within MPS Officer misconduct data. The research incorporated a review of the key literature, analysis of misconduct allegations made against MPS officers between 2010 and 2015, and 11 in-depth interviews with key staff involved in the assessment and investigation of misconduct in the MPS.

In response to the findings of this report, the MPS has published a full action plan to address the key issues identified. The report and the action plan can be found via the links below.


The Persistent Offender Programme (previously known as Gripping the Offender)

This pilot explored a new joined up approach to persistent repeat offenders in London between February 2016 and September 2018.


GPS tagging pilot

This pilot is implementing and evaluating the use of GPS tags with offenders in London and is due to continue until March 2019.


Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement

MOPAC has led in the rollout of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) in London.

The new sentencing power, introduced as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 allows courts to impose a requirement that an offender abstain from alcohol for a fixed time period of up to 120 days and be regularly tested, via a transdermal alcohol monitoring device in the form of a ‘tag’ fitted around the ankle, as part of a Community or Suspended Sentence Order.

From July 2014, the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) conducted a 12 month proof of concept pilot in four boroughs (Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton) which comprise the South London Local Justice Area. This report presents the findings of the proof of concept pilot.

Police Now

Police Now: a longitudinal evaluation of the job attitudes and experiences of ‘Police Now’ participants

Street Triage

Research into the London Mental Health Street Triage pilot.


MOPAC/College of Policing Report - Body Worn Video

This report presents findings from the largest urban Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of Body Worn Video (BWV) in the world to date. This was a joint evaluation between MOPAC and the College of Policing in partnership with the MPS -  exploring the impact of BWV on complaints against the police, frequency of stop and search and Criminal Justice (CJ) outcomes for violent incidents in 10 Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) boroughs between May 2014 and April 2015.

Youth Matters

This report presents findings from a london wide survey conducted in November and December 2014 capturing the views of 9492 youths aged between 11-18 exploring perceptions of a wide range of issues including safety, victimisation and confidence in the police.

Mental Health And Safeguarding (MAST) Training

A Randomised Control Trial of Mental Health Awareness and Safeguarding Training (MAST)